Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda

Assistant Dean, PhD Program
Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda is Assistant Dean of the PhD Program and Associate Professor at Duke University School of Nursing. Her research addresses the intersection of violence, substance abuse, HIV, and mental health through developing, testing, and scaling multi-level interventions to address these issues. She uses a syndemic orientation, mixed methods, and community engaged strategies to influence practice and policy changes to promote health equity and social justice for Latinos, other racial and ethnic minoritized groups, and communities affected by trauma. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda has had a longstanding commitment to diversifying the nursing workforce and improving the capacity of healthcare providers and scientists to address health equity through addressing the social and structural drivers of health, including co-leading a recently funded NINR T32 entitled “Nurse LEADS: Training in Nurse-LEd models of care ADdressing the Social Determinants of Health” which she co-leads with Dr. Ryan Shaw. She also leads various local and national initiatives addressing violence, mental health, and health equity, including serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for El Futuro (the Future), a community-based mental health organization for Spanish speaking and uninsured populations, serving on the executive committee of LATIN-19 (Latinx Advocacy and Interdisciplinary Team for COVID-19), a multisector coalition in North Carolina, and co-leading the Health Equity Core for the national NIH Collaboratory of Pragmatic Clinical Trials.