Vincent Guilamo - Ramos
Areas of Expertise
Role of families in promoting adolescent health, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies; parent-adolescent communication; intervention research; HIV prevention; and alcohol and drug use
Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is a professor and director of the doctoral program at the Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has expertise in the role of families in promoting adolescent health, with a special focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies. Additional research interests include parent-adolescent communication, intervention research, HIV prevention, and alcohol and drug use. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has conducted research primarily in urban, resource-poor settings, including the South Bronx, Harlem, and Lower East Side communities of New York City. In addition, Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has extended his focus to HIV-prevention among vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.
Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has been the principal investigator of several federally funded research grants for his work on adolescent risk behavior. These include a five-year, NICHD-funded project aimed at investigating factors associated with the formation of adolescent romantic relationships and subsequent sexual risk behavior in Latino youth; an NIMH/NICHD-funded project aimed at developing a clinic-based family intervention designed to delay and/or reduce sexual risk taking behavior among Latino and African American early adolescents in outpatient healthcare settings; and a NIAAA-funded project aimed at examining factors associated with HIV transmission in tourism areas of the Dominican Republic. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is also a standing member of the National Institute of Health's Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section (2010-2016) and has served as a reviewer on expert review panels for the NIH, CDC, and SAMSHA since 2001.
Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at the Silver School. The Center seeks to investigate the role of the Latino family in shaping the development and 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. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos and colleagues have also published Parental Monitoring of Adolescents: Current Perspectives for Researchers and Practitioners, which provides research-informed guidance about how parents can effectively monitor their teen children to prevent and/or reduce adolescent risk behavior. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos is also the chair of the Latino Initiative Advisory Group of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. As part of his work with the National Campaign, he co-authored a communication guide, "Parent-Adolescent Communication about Sex in Latino Families: A Guide for Practitioners," which contains specific strategies and recommendations for assisting practitioners in helping Latino parents discuss sex with their adolescent children.
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 and a master's degree in public health from the Global Health Leadership NYU MPH Program.