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Cruz, Theresa Research Associate Professor
Deputy Director, UNM PRC


selected publications


research overview

  • My research interests are in understanding the causal mechanisms involved in injury and violence and developing and evaluating community and clinic-based prevention strategies. Injury problems of interest include sexual violence and unintentional poisoning, specifically prescription drug overdose. I am also interested in advancing physical activity and studying the effects of interventions on physical activity and related disease outcomes. I am concerned with the disproportionate risks faced by racial and ethnic minorities and low-income families. I am also motivated by cross-cutting issues including surveillance, rural disparities, and research in under-represented populations, principally Hispanics and American Indians. The use of policy and environmental approaches are of particular interest. My current research focuses on primary prevention of sexual violence; evaluation of healthy eating interventions: and, translation of research into practice around the implementation of the CDC's community guide recommendations promoting physical activity.

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