Research Profile

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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Primary Research Areas

Adolescent sexual health, HIV/STI prevention, pregnancy prevention, parenting support, protective factors for adolescent risk behaviors


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.