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Diane M Santa Maria

Diane M Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN

John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor in Nursing
Dorothy T. Nicholson Distinguished Professor
Dean (Interim), Cizik School of Nursing
Associate Professor
Department of Research
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Dr. Santa Maria is a tenured Associate Professor with expertise in public health nursing, adolescent health, HIV/STI and pregnancy prevention, intervention development, randomized controlled trials, mobile technology, and predictive modeling. She has served as the principal investigator and program director on research and demonstration grants on multiple NIH-, CDC-, ACF-, and foundation-funded prevention projects. With wide-ranging experience working in underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad, she currently is conducting research with youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and at-risk youth and their families.

She has served as the PARTNERS Faculty Research Scholar and holds the John P. McGovern and the Dorothy T. Nicholson Distinguished Professorships.

Santa Maria is an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Health Promotion and Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. She currently teaches courses in Public Health Nursing and Research Methods.

She received her BSN from The Ohio State University, her MSN in Public Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, and her DrPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the UT School of Public Health.

Related News Items

(Publication) Sexual risk classes among youth experiencing homelessness: Relation to childhood adversities, current mental symptoms, substance use, and HIV testing. (Jan 2020)

Santa Maria and Rozmus selected for October induction as new FAANs in 231-member class (Jun 2019)

Santa Maria publishes study about lowering HIV risk for young adults experiencing homelessness (Apr 2019)

Santa Maria and collaborators publish in International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health (Feb 2019)

Santa Maria publishes three times in Journal of Adolescent Health (Oct 2018)

Santa Maria publishes three times in Journal of Adolescent Health (Oct 2018)

Santa Maria & Padhye publish study of drug use predictors among homeless youth in Houston (Feb 2018)

Santa Maria named to new School of Nursing distinguished professorship (Apr 2017)

Hanneman & Santa Maria present papers, Kang Memorial Workshop launched (Oct 2018)

NIH funds Santa Maria’s project on HIV prevention among youth experiencing homelessness for $3 million (Jan 2019)

UTHealth President appoints Diane Santa Maria interim dean of Cizik School of Nursing (Aug 2018)