About Us : Who We Are

José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

BSFT® Program Director and Developer.
Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences


José Szapocznik, Ph.D. has received over $100 million in NIH funding, and is among the best 100 NIH-funded investigators in the world. With over 250 scholarly publications, he is PI and Director of the Miami Clinical Translational Science Institute, Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of the Center for Family Studies. He pioneered the national effort to prevent and treat adolescent drug abuse and related behavior problems in Hispanic youth developing and testing family-based, evidence-based approaches. Szapocznik has a profound interest in the role of context in development, behavior and health outcomes, dedicating his career to studying culture, family, neighborhood and the built environments as important contexts influencing minority populations.