Professor and Associate Vice Provost of Mentoring and Outreach Programs; Director/Founder, Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health; Pilot and Mentoring Core Director, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), NYU College of Public Health
PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ANP-BC, AAHIVS
Areas of Expertise: Adolescent risk behavior; Role of families in promoting adolescent health, with a focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and unplanned pregnancies among Latino and African American youth; Improving treatment outcomes for HIV+ and at risk youth
Professor Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is NYU's Associate Vice Provost for Mentoring and Outreach Programs. In this role, he supports the development of university-wide mentorship programs based on research and implements programs relevant to the University's continuing efforts to enhance inclusion, diversity, belonging and equity (IDBE). Initiatives associated with this role support faculty's successful advancement and promotion in their departments, disciplines, or schools. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is also the founding Director of The Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH), and serves as the Director of the Pilot and Mentoring Core at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDHUR), a NIDA-funded P30 center. The Pilot and Mentoring Core provides targeted infrastructure to early career investigators interested in developing independent research careers focused on the prevention and treatment of HIV, HCV, and drug use.
Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) and nurse practitioner (ANP-BC) with prescriptive privileges in New York State. He is also board certified in HIV/AIDS Nursing (ACRN) and as a HIV Specialist (AAHIVS) by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Clinically, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has expertise in the primary care of HIV+ adolescents, provision of PrEP for high-risk youths, and screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. He has been the principal investigator of numerous NIH, CDC and other federally funded research grants for his work on adolescent risk behavior. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos studies the role of families in promoting adolescent health, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies, and improving treatment outcomes for HIV+ and at risk youth. In addition, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos’ research focuses on the prevention and reduction of adolescent alcohol and drug use through intervention at the individual, family, and community level, particularly in geographic ‘hotspots’ of underage drinking, substance misuse, and abuse.
In 2015, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good. He is the 2017 recipient of the Hispanic Health Leadership Award, from the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), in recognition of his work improving the health of Latinos and other underserved populations. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is a graduate of the 2016 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, an initiative that draws upon the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. These presidential centers have partnered to bring together a select group of leaders who have the desire to advance their leadership strengths in order to help their communities and our country.
Dr. Guilamo-Ramos serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Latino Commission on AIDS, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Power to Decide. He is also a member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Committee. He is an appointed member of the United States Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos’ research and scholarship has led to coverage in well-known media sources such as The New York Times, NPR, and The Washington Post, as well as in major research publications and conferences.
Dr. Guilamo-Ramos received his PhD in social welfare from SUNY Albany, and his MSW from New York University. In addition, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos holds a master's degree in management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, a master's degree in public health from the Global Health Leadership NYU MPH Program, and a master’s degree from the Duke University School of Nursing, nurse practitioner primary care and HIV specialization.
The Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) seeks to investigate the role of the Latino family in shaping the development, health, and overall well-being of Latino adolescents. Specifically, CLAFH seeks to: 1) foster the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based family interventions designed to prevent and/or reduce problem behaviors among Latino adolescents; 2) develop, evaluate, and disseminate family interventions for positive youth development approaches to Latino adolescent development and well-being; 3) examine issues of immigration related to the experiences of Latino families; and 4) promote the economic well-being of the Latino community. Strategically based in New York City, CLAFH addresses the needs of New York's diverse Latino communities in both national and global contexts. The Center serves as a link between the scientific community, Latino health and social service providers, and the broader Latino community.
Among CLAFH's noteworthy accomplishments is the development and evaluation of "Families Talking Together," an evidence-based adolescent sexual risk reduction intervention designed to assist parents with talking to teens about the delay of sexual debut and prevention of risky sexual behavior. In addition, CLAFH developed and is currently evaluating Fathers Raising Responsible Men (FRRM), a family based intervention designed to support fathers in communicating with their older adolescent sons about consistent and correct condom use (see: the Office of Adolescent Health's description of FRRM in its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Successful Strategies series.
Fact Sheets & Resources
In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CLAFH co-authored the following parenting fact sheets. Each fact sheet provides research informed guidance to parents on how to support adolescent health and well-being and is intended to be a useful practical resource.
- Monitoring Your Teen’s Activities: What Parents and Families Should Know
- Ways to Influence Your Teen’s Sexual Risk Behavior: What Fathers Can Do
- Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know
- Talking with Your Teens about Sex: Going Beyond “the Talk”
In collaboration with New York City Health + Hospitals Correctional Health Services, CLAFH developed the webinar series: “Culturally Appropriate Engagement and Service Delivery with Latino/as: Enhancing Linkage and Retention to HIV Primary Care – Including a Transnational Case Study for Puerto Ricans.” The free accredited continuing education curriculum provides guidance to health care and social service providers working with HIV+ Latino/as with a history of involvement in the justice system.
Books & Monographs
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., & Dittus, P. (Eds). (2010). Parental monitoring of adolescents. Columbia University Press.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., & Bouris, A. (2008). Parent-Adolescent communication about sex in Latino families: A guide for practitioners. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Washington, DC.
Selected Journal Articles
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Hidalgo, A., and Keene, L. (2020). Consideration of Heterogeneity in a Meta-analysis of Latino Sexual Health Interventions. Pediatrics, e20201406. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-1406.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Benzekri, A., Thimm-Kaiser, M., Dittus, P., Ruiz, Y., Cleland, C., and McCoy, W. (2020). A Triadic Intervention for Adolescent Sexual Health: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Pediatrics, e20192808. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2019-2808.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Thimm-Kaiser, M., Benzekri, A., Chacón, G., López, O. R., Scaccabarrozzi, L., & Rios, E. (2020) The Invisible U.S. Hispanic/Latino HIV Crisis: Addressing Gaps in the National Response. American Journal of Public Health, 110(1), 27-31.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Benzekri, A., & Thimm-Kaiser, M. (2019). Parent-Based Interventions to Affect Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: Reconsidering the Best Evidence vs All Evidence. JAMA Pediatrics, 173(9), 821-823.
Deren, S., Cortes, T., Dickson, V. V., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Han, B. H., Karpiak, S., Naegle, M., Ompad, D.C., & Wu, B. (2019). Substance use among older people living with HIV: Challenges for health care providers. Frontiers in Public Health, 7(94). DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00094.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Thimm-Kaiser, M., Benzekri, A., & Futterman, D. (2019). Shifting the paradigm in HIV prevention and treatment service delivery toward differentiated care for youth. NAM Perspectives.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Thimm-Kaiser, M., Benzekri, A., & Futterman, D. (2019). Youth at Risk of HIV: The Overlooked United States HIV Prevention Crisis. The Lancet HIV, 6(5), e275-e278.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Bowman, A. S., Benzekri, A., Ruiz, Y., & Beltran, O. (2019). Misalignment of sexual and reproductive health priorities among older Latino adolescents and their mothers. Contraception, 99(3), 179-183.
Ruiz, Y., Riciputi, S., Guilamo-Ramos, V., & Alexander, S. C. (2019). Exploring Views about LARCs Among Parenting Rural Latinx Teenagers, Their Mothers, and Providers: Implications for Sexuality Education and Care. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 14(2), 165-185.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Thimm-Kaiser, M., Benzekri, A., Rodriguez, C., Fuller, T. R., Koumans, E.H.A. & Warner, L. (2019). Father-Son Communication about Consistent and Correct Condom Use. Pediatrics, 143(1), 1-11. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-1609.
Harry-Hernández, S., Park, S. H., Mayer, K. H., Kreski, N., Goedel, W. C., Hambrick, H. R., Brooks, B., Guilamo-Ramos V., & Duncan, D. T. (2019). Sex Tourism, Condomless Anal Intercourse, and HIV Risk Among Men Who Have Sex With Men. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 30(4), 405-414.
Brooks, B., Park, S.H., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Schneider, J.A., Harry, S., Mgbako, O., Dubin, S., & Duncan, D.T. (2018). Sexual Tourism and Preferences for Different Modalities of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Microbicides in Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men in Paris, France. Journal of Sex Research, 56(4-5), 1-9. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2018.151534.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Bowman A.S., Santa Maria D., Kabemba F., & Geronimo Y. (2018). Addressing a Critical Gap in U.S. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: The Acceptability and Feasibility of Father-Based Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions for Latino Adolescent Males. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62(3S), 81-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.08.015.
Duncan, D.T., Chaix, B., Regan, S.D., Park, S.H., Draper, C., Goedel, W.C., Gipson, J.A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Perry, N.H., Brewer, R., & Hickson, D.A. (2018). Collecting Mobility Data with GPS Methods to Understand the HIV Environmental Riskscape Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Multi-city Feasibility Study in the Deep South. AIDS and Behavior, 1-14.
Santa Maria, D., Reagan, E., Markham, C., Guilamo-Ramos, V., & Cron, S. (2018). Feasibility and Efficacy of a Student Nurse Delivered, Parent-Based Sexual Health Curriculum in Underserved Communities: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatric Nursing, 44(1), 12-16.
Tan D., Holloway I.W., Gildner J., Jauregui J., Garcia Alvarez R., & Guilamo-Ramos V. (2017). Alcohol Use and HIV Risk within Social Networks of MSM Sex Workers in the Dominican Republic. AIDS and Behavior, 21(Suppl 2), S216-S227. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-017-1896-1.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Reading, M., Bowman, C., Perlman, D. & Barett, S. (2017). Multipurpose Prevention Technologies: A Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Priority. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 29(1), 6-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.jana.2017.06.003.
Muñoz-Laboy, M., Martinez, O., Draine, J., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Severson, N., Levine, E., & Benjamin, G. (2017). The Assets and Challenges of Formerly Incarcerated Latino Men’s Social Support Networks in Promoting Healthy Behaviors. Journal of Urban Health, 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-017-0183-9.
Santa Maria, D., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jemmott, L., Derouin A., & Villarruel, A. (2017). Nurses on the Front Lines: Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health across Healthcare Settings. The American Journal of Nursing, 117(1), 42-51. DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000511566.12446.45.
Muñoz-Laboy, M., Martínez, O., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Draine, J., Garg, K. E., Levine, E., & Ripkin, A. (2017). Influences of Economic, Social and Cultural Marginalization on the Association Between Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk Among Formerly Incarcerated Latino Men. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(5), 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-017-0554-z.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Lee, J., & Jaccard, J. (2016). Parent-adolescent communication about contraception and condom use. JAMA Pediatrics, 170(1), 14-16. DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3109.
Lee, J., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Muñoz-Laboy, M., Lotz, K., & Bornheimer, L. (2016). Mechanisms of familial influence on reentry among formerly incarcerated Latino men. Social Work, 61(3), 199-207.
Santa Maria, D., Markham, C., Crandall, S., & Guilamo-Ramos, V. (2016). Preparing Student Nurses as Parent-based Adolescent Sexual Health Educators: Results of a Pilot Study. Public Health Nursing, 34(2), 130-137. DOI: 10.1111/phn.12262.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Lee, J., Ruiz, Y., Hagan, H., Delva, M., Quinones, Z., Kamler, A., & Robles, G. (2015). Illicit drug use and HIV risk in the Dominican Republic: Tourism areas create drug use opportunities. Global Public Health, 10(3), 318-330. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2014.966250.
Dittus, P., Michael, S., Becasen, J., Gloppen, K., McCarthy, K., & Guilamo-Ramos, V. (2015). Parental monitoring and its associations with adolescent sexual risk behavior: A meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 136(6), e1587-e1599.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Kantor, L.M., Levine, D.S., Baum, S., & Johnsen, J. (2015). Potential for using online and mobile education to impact adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Prevention Science, 16(1), 53-60. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-014-0469-z.
Holloway IW., Padilla MB., Willner L., & Guilamo-Ramos V. (2015). Effects of minority stress processes on the mental health of Latino men who have sex with men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(7), 2087-2097. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-014-0424-x.
Ruiz, Y., Guilamo-Ramos, V., McCarthy, K., Muñoz-Laboy, MA., & de Lourdes, Rosas López, M. (2014). Exploring migratory dynamics on HIV transmission: The case of Mexicans in New York City and Puebla, Mexico. American Journal of Public Health, 104(6), 1036-1044. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301770.
Muñoz-Laboy, M., Severson, N., Perry, A., & Guilamo-Ramos, V. (2014). Differential impact of types of social support in the mental health of formerly incarcerated Latino men. American Journal of Men's Health, 8(3), 226-239. DOI: 10.1177/1557988313508303.
Muñoz-Laboy, M., Worthington, N., Perry, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Cabassa, L., Lee, J., & Severson, N. (2014). Socio-environmental risks for untreated depression among formerly incarcerated Latino men. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16(6), 1183-1192. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-013-9814-8.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Padilla, M., Meisterlin, L., McCarthy, K., & Lotz, K. (2013). Tourism ecologies, alcohol venues and HIV: Mapping spatial risk. International Journal of Hispanic Psychology, 5(2), 89.
Muñoz-Laboy, M., Garcia, J., Perry, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Lee, J., & Lotz, K. V. (2013). Social network factors associated with sexually transmitted infections among formerly incarcerated Latino men. International Journal of Sexual Health, 25(2), 163-168. DOI: 1001080/19317611.2012.753972.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., McCarthy, K., Lushin,V., Padilla, M., & Skinner-Day, M. (2013). Taxonomy of Caribbean tourism alcohol venues: Implications for HIV transmission. Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132(1-2), 238-243. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.02.010.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Padilla, M., Linberg Cedar, A., Lee, J., & Robles, G. (2013). HIV sexual risk behavior and family dynamics in a Dominican tourism town. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(7), 1255-1265. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-012-0064-y.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Lushin, V., Robles, G., &. Lee, J., & Quiñones, Z. (2013). Emotions and cognitions as correlates of early adolescent sexual behavior among Dominican youth in the U.S. and Dominican Republic. AIDS and Behavior, 17(3), 961-975. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-012-0289-8.
Bouris, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Cherry, K., Dittus, P., Michael, S., & Gloppen, K. (2012). Preventing rapid repeat births among Latina adolescents: The role of parents. American Journal of Public Health, 102(10), 1842-1847. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300578.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Bouris, A., Lee, J., McCarthy, K., Michael, S., Pitt-Barnes, S., & Dittus, P. (2012). Paternal influences on adolescent sexual risk behaviors: A structured review. Pediatrics, 130(5), 1313-1325. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-2066.
Padilla, M. B., Guilamo-Ramos, V., & Godbole, R. (2012). A syndemic analysis of alcohol use and sexual risk behavior among tourism employees in Sosúa, Dominican Republic. Qualitative Health Research, 22(1), 89-102. DOI: 10.1177/1049732311419865.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Soletti, A. B., Burnette, D., Sharma, S., Leavitt, S., & McCarthy, K. (2012). Parent-adolescent communication about sex in rural India: US-India collaboration to prevent adolescent HIV. Qualitative Health Research, 22(6), 788-800. DOI: 10.1177/1049732311431943.
Bouris, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Ballan, M., Lesesne, C., & Gonzalez, B. (2012). Early adolescent romantic relationships and maternal approval among inner city Latino families. AIDS and Behavior, 16(6), 1570-1583. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-011-0034-8.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Goldberg, V., Lee, J. J., McCarthy, K., & Leavitt, S. (2012). Latino adolescent reproductive and sexual health behaviors and outcomes: Research informed guidance for agency-based practitioners. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(2), 144-156. DOI: 10.1007/s10615-011-0355-0.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Dittus, P., Bouris, A., Gonzalez, B., Casillas, E., & Banspach, S. (2011). A comparative study of interventions for delaying the initiation of sexual intercourse among Latino and black youth. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 43(4), 247-254. DOI: 10.1363/4324711.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Lushin, V., Martinez, R., Gonzalez, B., & McCarthy, K. (2011). HIV risk behavior among youth in the Dominican Republic: The role of alcohol and other drugs. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, 10(6), 388-395. DOI: 10.1177/1545109711419264.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Bouris, A., Jaccard, J., Gonzalez, B., McCoy, W., & Aranda, D. (2011). A parent-based intervention to reduce sexual risk behavior in early adolescence: Building alliances between physicians, social workers, and parents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(2), 159-163. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.06.007.
Bouris, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Pickard, A., Shiu, C., Loosier, P. S., Dittus, P., Gloppen, K., & Waldmiller, M. (2010). A systematic review of parental influences on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth: Time for a new public health research and practice agenda. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 31(5-6), 273-309. DOI: 10.1007/s10935-010-0229-1.
Bouris, A., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., McCoy, W., Aranda, D., Pickard, A., & Boyer, C. (2010). The feasibility of a clinic-based parent intervention to prevent HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancies among Latino and African American adolescents. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 24(6), 381-387. DOI: 10.1089/apc.2009.0308.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Dittus, P., Gonzalez, B., Bouris, A., & Banspach, S. (2010). The Linking Lives health education program: A randomized clinical trial of a parent-based tobacco use prevention program for African American and Latino youths. American Journal of Public Health, 100(9), 1641-1647. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.171637.
Guilamo-Ramos, V. (2010). Dominican and Puerto Rican Mother-Adolescent communication: Maternal self-disclosure and youth risk intentions. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, 32(2), 197-215. DOI: 10.1177/0739986310361594.
Guilamo-Ramos, V., Dittus, P., Holloway, I., Bouris, A., & Crossett, L. (2010). An integrated framework for the analysis of adolescent cigarette smoking in middle school Latino youth. Youth & Society, 43(1), 193-224. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X09358312.
Padilla, M. B., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Bouris, A., & Matiz Reyes, A. (2010). HIV/AIDS and tourism in the Caribbean: An ecological systems perspective. American Journal of Public Health, 100(1), 70-77. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.161968.