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Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda
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Office: 4132 Pearson Building
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Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN

Associate Professor

  • Brief Bio

    Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN, joined DUSON’s faculty effective July 1, 2016 and is a member of the Division of Healthcare in Adult Populations. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda comes to Duke from the University of Miami School of Nursing where she was co-director of the Training and Community Cores of their school’s P60 Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro, which is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health. She was also the PI of an NIMHD-funded training grant (T37) that aimed to educate and nurture the next generation of health disparities scientists from underrepresented minority groups. She employs mixed methods and community-based participatory research approaches to understand the intersection of intimate partner violence, HIV and mental health among Hispanics in the U.S. and to address health disparities experienced by this group through culturally tailored interventions. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda was one of the five nurses who served on the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the landmark Future of Nursing Report (2010), was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice (NACNEP) and served on the steering committee of the FL Action Team on the Future of Nursing. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda is an alumna of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program


    PhDUniversity of Miami
    MSNJohns Hopkins University
    MPHJohns Hopkins University
    BSNGeorgetown University

    Research Interests

    • Intimate partner violence • The intersection of intimate partner violence, substance abuse, risk for HIV and mental health conditions among Hispanics • Syndemics • Hispanic adult and child health • Primary prevention of behavioral health disparities • Stress and biopsychosocial processes involved in health disparities