Catalina Lopez-Quintero

Catalina Lopez-Quintero,

Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Epidemiology
Business Phone: (352) 273-6086

About Catalina Lopez-Quintero

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Quintero is an assistant professor at the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida. Dr. Lopez-Quintero is a Colombian medical doctor with a Ph.D. in public health and post-graduate training and research experience in drug dependence and psychiatric epidemiology, drug use neuropsychology, and drug use and HIV/AIDS disparities. Dr. Lopez-Quintero’s research has focused on disentangling the role that factors at different levels of influence (e.g., biological, behavioral, socio-cultural, or political) play on the transitions from the early stages of drug use involvement to the development of drug use disorders and other related outcomes. Through her current federally funded research, she aims to develop a comprehensive and interdisciplinary insight of the mechanisms that generate and sustain disparities in drug use transitions and trajectories by focusing on the complex interactions between neuropsychological and socio-cultural, and systemic level factors and accordingly contribute to informing the design of effective drug use prevention and treatment strategies.

Dr. Lopez-Quintero has been the Lead Instructor of PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (Fall, 2019-2021), Public Health Concepts (Summer and Fall, 2018) and Epidemiology Methods II (Summer 2022-2023). She has been an invited lecturer for other five courses in the college, such as PHC 6003: Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Disability or PHC 6441 – Understanding Health Disparities in the United States. In addition to her teaching and research activities, she has served as a chair, co-chair, or member of 18 students’ Ph.D. dissertation, master theses, or honor students’ thesis committees. In her weekly lab meetings, she also advises students and fellows at all levels (undergraduate to post-doctoral level) for their independent studies, career development, and research projects for the UF-Choice’s study, the medical cannabis study group, and the All of Us Consortium of CTSI Community Engagement Programs. The mentee’s projects focus on health disparities, substance, mental health, COVID-19, cancer disparities, and chronic diseases, and the main findings have been disseminated through presentations at scientific meetings or scientific publications. Dr. Lopez-Quintero regularly participates in other multiple mentoring activities, including the UF MD/Ph.D. program, NIDA T32 – UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health, the UF Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), the UF Center for Addiction Research and Education, the Early Career Leadership Committee Meeting on mentorship at the National Hispanic Science Network, the peer-mentoring program for the NIH enhanced Interdisciplinary Training Institute (eIRTI) and the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program.

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Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2018-2021
PHC6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
2020-2021
HSC4905 Individual Study
2019-2022
HSC4970 Public Health and Health Professions Senior Honors Thesis
2019
PHC6971 Research for Master’s Thesis
2018
PHC4101 Public Health Concepts
2021,2023
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience
2021
BSC4910 Individual Mentored Research in Biology
2021-2024
PHC7918 Independent Study
2022-2023
PHC6011 Epidemiology Methods II
2022-2023
PHC7979 Advanced Research
2023
PHC7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation

Research Profile

Dr. Lopez-Quintero’s research has focused on disentangling the role that factors at different levels of influence (e.g., biological, behavioral, socio-cultural, or political) play on the transitions from the early stages of drug use involvement to the development of drug use disorders and other behavioral and mental health outcomes. In her current research she aims to develop a comprehensive and interdisciplinary insight of the mechanisms that generate and sustain disparities in drug use transitions and trajectories by examining the complex interactions between drug use and neuropsychological processes, socio-cultural factors, and systemic level factors. Through her research Dr. Lopez-Quintero aims to contribute to inform the design of effective and developmentally appropriate drug use prevention and treatment interventions, as well as public health policy.

Areas of Interest
  • Access to prevention and care
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Behavioral epidemiology
  • Health disparities and vulnerable populations
  • Population Neuroscience
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0003-3646-4408

Publications

2024
The independent and joint effect of socioeconomic status and Multiracial status on the prevalence and frequency of substance use and depression among U.S. adolescents.
Addictive behaviors. 151 [DOI] 10.1016/j.addbeh.2024.107953. [PMID] 38232635.
2023
An exploratory follow-up study of cannabis use and decision-making under various risk conditions within adolescence.
Neuropsychology. 37(5):544-556 [DOI] 10.1037/neu0000897. [PMID] 36939602.
2023
Exploring the associations between serious psychological distress and the quantity or frequency of tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use among pregnant women in the United States.
Preventive medicine. 177 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ypmed.2023.107770. [PMID] 37951544.
2023
Polysubstance use profiles among US adults using Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa): A latent class analysis using The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
The American journal on addictions. 32(1):76-80 [DOI] 10.1111/ajad.13345. [PMID] 36222599.
2023
Screening the “Invisible Population” of Older Adult Patients for Prescription Pain Reliever Non-Medical Use and Use Disorders.
Substance use & misuse. 58(1):153-159 [DOI] 10.1080/10826084.2022.2148483. [PMID] 36519790.
2023
Socio-demographic Correlates of Electronic Cigarette and Cannabis Co-use Among Naïve and Tobacco Adolescent Users.
Journal of prevention (2022). 44(4):457-475 [DOI] 10.1007/s10935-023-00729-z. [PMID] 37038010.
2022
Clinical Decision Making by Medical Marijuana Physicians in Florida: A Qualitative Assessment.
Substance use & misuse. 57(14):2042-2052 [DOI] 10.1080/10826084.2022.2129995. [PMID] 36305815.
2022
Kratom Use Among U.S. Adolescents: Analyses of the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 70(4):677-681 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.10.009. [PMID] 34836801.
2022
Mutual Help Group Participation for Alcohol and Drug Problems: Uncovering Latent Subgroups.
Substance use & misuse. 57(13):2009-2014 [DOI] 10.1080/10826084.2022.2125276. [PMID] 36149389.
2022
Racial-ethnic Differences in Reasons for Misuse of Prescription Medications Among US Adults.
Journal of addiction medicine. 16(4):470-474 [DOI] 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000932. [PMID] 34775440.
2022
Risky decision-making as an antecedent or consequence of adolescent cannabis use: findings from a 2-year longitudinal study.
Addiction (Abingdon, England). 117(2):392-410 [DOI] 10.1111/add.15626. [PMID] 34184776.
2021
Prevalence and drug use correlates of extra-medical use of prescription medications for sleep among adults in the United States: Results of the 2015-2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior. 204 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pbb.2021.173169. [PMID] 33684453.
2021
Shared Environmental Influences on Electronic Cigarette Use Among Adolescent and Young Adult Females.
Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. 23(8):1425-1430 [DOI] 10.1093/ntr/ntab022. [PMID] 33539519.
2020
‘Time to first tobacco cigarette soon after waking’ occurs more often among underage newly incident smokers in the United States, 2004-2017.
Addictive behaviors. 111 [DOI] 10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106535. [PMID] 32712495.
2020
Perceived Risk of Weekly Cannabis Use, Past 30-Day Cannabis Use, and Frequency of Cannabis Use Among Pregnant Women in the United States.
International journal of women's health. 12:1075-1088 [DOI] 10.2147/IJWH.S266540. [PMID] 33235517.
2020
Sex differences in driving under the influence of cannabis: The role of medical and recreational cannabis use.
Addictive behaviors. 110 [DOI] 10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106525. [PMID] 32711286.
2019
Adolescent cannabis use and its associations with decision-making and episodic memory: Preliminary results from a longitudinal study.
Neuropsychology. 33(5):701-710 [DOI] 10.1037/neu0000538. [PMID] 30869932.
2019
Decision-Making as a Latent Construct and its Measurement Invariance in a Large Sample of Adolescent Cannabis Users.
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS. 25(7):661-667 [DOI] 10.1017/S1355617719000341. [PMID] 31043184.
2019
Risky sexual behavior among adolescents: The role of decision-making, problems from cannabis use and externalizing disorder symptoms.
Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology. 41(3):300-311 [DOI] 10.1080/13803395.2018.1550192. [PMID] 30520343.
2018
Age of onset or age at assessment-that is the question: Estimating newly incident alcohol drinking and rapid transition to heavy drinking in the United States, 2002-2014.
International journal of methods in psychiatric research. 27(1) [DOI] 10.1002/mpr.1587. [PMID] 29034527.
2018
The association between adolescent cannabis use and anxiety: A parallel process analysis.
Addictive behaviors. 78:107-113 [DOI] 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.11.005. [PMID] 29149635.
2018
Transition to drug co-use among adolescent cannabis users: The role of decision-making and mental health.
Addictive behaviors. 85:43-50 [DOI] 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.05.010. [PMID] 29843040.
2018
Young, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and born in the USA: at excess risk of starting extra-medical prescription pain reliever use?
PeerJ. 6 [DOI] 10.7717/peerj.5713. [PMID] 30324016.
2017
Cannabis Epidemiology: A Selective Review.
Current pharmaceutical design. 22(42):6340-6352 [DOI] 10.2174/1381612822666160813214023. [PMID] 27526792.
2017
Newly incident cannabis use in the United States, 2002-2011: a regional and state level benchmark.
PeerJ. 5 [DOI] 10.7717/peerj.3616. [PMID] 28761794.
2016
HIV testing practices among Latina women at risk of getting infected: a five-year follow-up of a community sample in South Florida.
AIDS care. 28(2):137-46 [DOI] 10.1080/09540121.2015.1071769. [PMID] 26291133.
2015
Drug use disorders in the polydrug context: new epidemiological evidence from a foodborne outbreak approach.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1349:119-26 [DOI] 10.1111/nyas.12868. [PMID] 26348487.
2015
Influence of mother-daughter attachment on substance use: a longitudinal study of a Latina community-based sample.
Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs. 76(2):307-16 [PMID] 25785806.
2015
Mortality among heroin users and users of other internationally regulated drugs: A 27-year follow-up of users in the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program household samples.
Drug and alcohol dependence. 156:104-111 [DOI] 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.08.030. [PMID] 26386826.
2015
Prevalence and determinants of resistance to use drugs among adolescents who had an opportunity to use drugs.
Drug and alcohol dependence. 149:55-62 [DOI] 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.01.015. [PMID] 25659896.
2013
Online health information seeking among Jewish and Arab adolescents in Israel: results from a national school survey.
Journal of health communication. 18(9):1097-115 [DOI] 10.1080/10810730.2013.778360. [PMID] 23829662.
2012
Drug use opportunities as opportunities for drug use prevention: Bogotá, Colombia a case in point.
Drug and alcohol dependence. 122(1-2):127-34 [DOI] 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.09.022. [PMID] 22018603.
2012
Quality of online health information about oral contraceptives from Hebrew-language websites.
Israel journal of health policy research. 1(1) [DOI] 10.1186/2045-4015-1-38. [PMID] 23006798.
2011
Probability and predictors of remission from life-time nicotine, alcohol, cannabis or cocaine dependence: results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.
Addiction (Abingdon, England). 106(3):657-69 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03194.x. [PMID] 21077975.
2011
Probability and predictors of transition from first use to dependence on nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine: results of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC).
Drug and alcohol dependence. 115(1-2):120-30 [DOI] 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.11.004. [PMID] 21145178.
2011
The epidemiology of volatile substance misuse among school children in Bogotá, Colombia.
Substance use & misuse. 46 Suppl 1:50-6 [DOI] 10.3109/10826084.2011.580209. [PMID] 21609146.
2010
Effects of risk perception of marijuana use on marijuana use and intentions to use among adolescents in Bogotá, Colombia.
Drug and alcohol dependence. 109(1-3):65-72 [DOI] 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2009.12.011. [PMID] 20060239.
2010
Limited English proficiency is a barrier to receipt of advice about physical activity and diet among Hispanics with chronic diseases in the United States.
Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 110(5 Suppl):S62-7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jada.2010.03.009. [PMID] 20399300.
2009
Hand washing among school children in Bogotá, Colombia.
American journal of public health. 99(1):94-101 [DOI] 10.2105/AJPH.2007.129759. [PMID] 19008513.
2009
Limited English proficiency is a barrier to receipt of advice about physical activity and diet among Hispanics with chronic diseases in the United States.
Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 109(10):1769-74 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jada.2009.07.003. [PMID] 19782177.
2007
Alcohol drinking patterns and prevalence of alcohol-abuse and dependence in the Israel National Health Survey.
The Israel journal of psychiatry and related sciences. 44(2):126-35 [PMID] 18080649.
2006
Racial/ethnic disparities in report of physician-provided smoking cessation advice: analysis of the 2000 National Health Interview Survey.
American journal of public health. 96(12):2235-9 [PMID] 16809587.
2005
Barriers to HIV-testing among Hispanics in the United States: analysis of the National Health Interview Survey, 2000.
AIDS patient care and STDs. 19(10):672-83 [PMID] 16232051.

Grants

Jul 2022 ACTIVE
All of Us Consortium of CTSA Community Engagement Programs
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH OD
Jul 2021 ACTIVE
CDC-RFA-IP21-2113
Role: Project Manager
Funding: CTRS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Sep 2018 – Dec 2023
Drug use disparities among Hispanics: elucidating the complex interactions between socio-cultural, neurocognitive and drug use-related factors
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDA

Education

PhD Public Health
2012 · Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University- Hadassah, Israel.
Master of Public Health
2003 · Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University- Hadassah, Israel.
Doctor of Medicine
1998 · Universidad Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Colombia.

Contact Details

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DEPT. OF EPIDEMIOLOGY
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