Diane Santa Maria

Dean and Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Cizik School of Nursing

Dr. Diane M. Santa Maria is a Dean and Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Houston Cizik School of Nursing. She is currently leading two NIH-funded R01 randomized controlled trials testing the efficacy of an ecological momentary intervention (EMI) and an EMI-enhanced nurse case management HIV prevention and care coordination intervention among youth experiencing homelessness. Dr. Santa Maria just completed two studies looking at PrEP adherence among youth and assessing the impact of COVID-19, uptake of vaccine, and prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. She is also completing an NIH-funded R34 study to co-adapt a mindfulness intervention to address emotion regulation, stress management, and impulse control among sheltered youth. She has expertise in the development, testing, and refinement of various HIV prevention interventions among high-risk communities, especially marginalized young people and those experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Santa Maria received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from The Ohio State University, her Master’s degree in Public Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, and DrPH at UTHealth Houston. She completed a Leadership Education in Adolescent Health predoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and was a Visiting Professor at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.