Mariano Kanamori, PhD, an NIH-funded post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA), is the first investigator from the Robert Stempel College of Health & Social Work to receive an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). The NIH award, established to provide exceptionally promising researchers with the training and support needed for timely transitions into tenure-track faculty or equivalent positions, will enhance Dr. Kanamori’s program of cross-cultural research on health disparities

The study is titled: Multilevel Approaches for Embracing Dyadic, Egocentric And Two-Mode Networks which Address Substance Use Disorders and HIV Risk In Latina Seasonal Workers (1K99DA041494-01A1; PI: Kanamori)

During the award period, Dr. Kanamori will obtain additional training, such as advanced skills in social network analysis and statistics, while conducting a longitudinal research study aimed at developing behavioral interventions effective in reducing HIV risk and substance abuse among Latina farm workers in South Florida.

Dr. Kanamori earned his doctoral degree in epidemiology at the University of Maryland in 2013 and came to FIU for postdoctoral training at CRUSADA under the mentorship of Mario De La Rosa, PhD, and Mary Jo Trepka, MD, MSPH.