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Diane M Santa Maria

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

Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair
Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership
Dean, Cizik School of Nursing
Associate Professor
Department of Research
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Dr. Santa Maria was named dean of Cizik School of Nursing on Sept. 1, 2020, after leading the school on an interim basis for two years.  She 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 holds the Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair and the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership.

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.

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Publication: A Nurse Case Management HIV Prevention Intervention (Come As You Are) for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Protocol for a Randomized Wait-list Controlled Trial (Jul 2021)

Publication: Acceptability of a Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention for HIV Prevention among Youth Experiencing Homelessness: A Qualitative Analysis (Jul 2021)

Publication: Effects of a randomized controlled trial of a brief, student-nurse led, parent-based sexual health intervention on parental protective factors and HPV vaccination uptake (Apr 2021)

Publication: Depression is associated with poor physical health through lower distress tolerance among adults experiencing homelessness (Apr 2021)

Publication: The invisible and forgotten: COVID-19 inequities among people experiencing homelessness (Mar 2021)

New grant funds study of mindfulness intervention for youth experiencing homelessness (Sep 2020)

Diane Santa Maria named dean of Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth (Aug 2020)

Study assesses pandemic’s effects on youth experiencing homelessness (Aug 2020)

(Publication) Nursing faculty study factors affecting mental health in adults experiencing homelessness (Jul 2020)

(Publication) Feasibility of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention with Sheltered Youth Experiencing Homelessness (Jul 2020)

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

(Publication) System involvement among young adults experiencing homelessness: Characteristics of four system-involved subgroups and relationship to risk outcomes (Jul 2020)

(Publication) Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Initiation and Completion among Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Seven U.S. Cities (Jul 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)