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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
Department of Research
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Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FSAHM, FAAN, is Dean and Associate Professor in the Department of Research at Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston). She holds the Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair and Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership. She is a former Visiting Professor at the University of California San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and currently serves as a co-investigator and co-director of the Developmental Center for AIDS Research (D-CFAR) Mentoring Program and Substance Use Scientific Working Group. She has completed numerous studies among youth experiencing homelessness that address HIV and substance use prevention.

She is currently leading an NIH-funded R01 randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of an ecological momentary-enhanced nurse case management HIV prevention and care coordination intervention among youth 16-25 experiencing homelessness and PrEP adherence among sexual and gender minority identifying youth. This study is also assessing the impact of COVID-19, uptake of vaccine, and prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. She is also leading an NIH funded R34 study to co-adapt a mindfulness intervention to address emotion regulation, stress management, and impulse control among sheltered youth. She has expertise in the development, testing, and refinement of various HIV prevention interventions among high-risk communities, especially marginalized young people and those experiencing homelessness.

Related News Items

Santa Maria: Helping LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness begins with building trust (Oct 2022)

Advancing HIV research and education (Apr 2022)

World-class research (Mar 2022)

Publication: Pregnancy and parenting support for youth experiencing homelessness (Feb 2022)


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)

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

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)

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

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

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