Vincent Guilamo-Ramos

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
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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.