Joseph De Santis, PhD, ARNP, ACRN

Assistant Professor 
UM School of Nursing and Health Studies

M. Christine Schwartz Bldg
Room 432A
Telephone: (305) 284-5039
Fax: (305) 284-2568


BSN, Nursing, West Virginia University, 1988
MSN, Parent-Child Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, 1996
PhD, Nursing, Barry University, 2006

Certificate and Licensure

ARNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), State of Florida Department of Health
ACRN, HANCB-HIV/AIDS Certification Board

Clinical Specialties

Pediatric Nursing
HIV/AIDS Nursing

Primary Teaching Areas

Nursing Care of Infants and Children
Primary Health Care of Infants and Children
Growth and Development with Nursing implications
Human Sexuality

Research and Academic Interests

HIV and HIV Risk in Vulnerable Populations


Principal Investigator, The relationship of eating attitudes, depression, substance use, and sexual behaviors in Hispanic men who have sex with men.  University of Miami General Research Support Award (GRSA).  2007-2008.

Co-Investigator, Project VIDA:  Violence, Intimate Relationships and Drug Abuse in Hispanic Men. National Institutes of Health.  National Institutes of Health. 2007-2008.

Principal Investigator.  A grounded theory study of young adults’ experiences of living with perinatally-acquired HIV infection.  University of Miami General Research Support Award (GRSA). 2008-2009.

Principal Investigator.  Experiences and perceptions of vulnerability and resilience in HIV-infected adults.  University of Miami Beta Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Total award:  2008-2009.

Recent Publications

Maturo, D., Powell, A., Major-Wilson, H., Sanchez, K., De Santis, J.P., & Friedman, L.B. (In press).  Development of a protocol for transitioning adolescents with HIV infection to adult care.Journal of Pediatric Healthcare

De Santis, J.P. (2010).  Prevention of HIV in healthcare settings and Pediatric End of Life Care.  ANAC’s Core Curriculum for HIV/AIDS Nursing.  (3rd ed.).  Jones & Bartlett.

Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., Ortega, J., Vasquez, E.P., & De Santis, J.P. (in press). La mancha negra: Substance abuse, violence, and sexual risks among Hispanic males. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

De Santis, J.P., Vasquez, E.P., Weidel, J.J., Watson, S., & Sanchez, M. (2009). A comparison of depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors between foreign-born and US-born Hispanic men who have sex with men: Implications for HIV prevention. Hispanic Health Care International, 7(2), 80-87.

De Santis, J.P., & Patsdaughter, C.A. (2008). Hispanics in the Americas: History, Health, and HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 19(4), 243-246. De Santis, J.P. (2008). Using an integrative literature review to explore the concepts of vulnerability and resilience in the context of HIV infection. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 22(4), 273-287.

De Santis, J.P., Colin, J.M., Vasquez, E.P., & McCain, G.C. (2008). The Relationship of Depressive Symptoms, Self-Esteem, and Sexual Behaviors in a Predominately Hispanic Sample of Men Who Have Sex with Men. American Journal of Men’s Health,2(4), 314-321 .

De Santis, J. (2008). Pediatric HIV/AIDS. In C.L. Betz and L. Sowden. Pediatric Nursing Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications De Santis, J. (2007). Should children be financially compensated for their participation in research studies? The CON position. Maternal-Child Nursing, 32(6), 335.

De Santis, J.P. (2007). Editorial: The importance of HIV prevention strategies with Hispanic men who have sex with men: Porque la prevencion es el mejor tratamiento. Hispanic Health Care International, 5(4), 146-148.

De Santis, J. (2006). Conducting nursing research with men who have sex with men: Challenges and strategies for nurse researchers. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 17(6) 47-52

De Santis, J., & Colin, J. M. (2005). Don’t ask, don’t tell? The ethics of disclosure of HIV- status to perinatally-infected children, Brazilian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 17(3), 181-188

De Santis, J. P. & Patsdaughter C. A. (2005). A changing course: HIV takes toll on ethnic and sexual minorities. Advance for Nurse Practitioners, 13(4), 47-50

Angulo-Vásquez , V. , & De Santis, J. (2005). Booster seat or seat belt? Motor vehicle injuries and child restraint laws in preschool and early school-age children. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 10(4), 183-190

Dyer, J. G., Patsdaughter, C. A., McGuinness, T. M., O’Connor, C. A., & De Santis, J. P. (2004). Retrospective resilience: The power of the patient-provider alliance in disenfranchised persons with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 10(1), 57-65

O’Connor, C., Medeiros, S., De Santis, J. P., Patsdaughter, C. A., Casale, C., & Balram, S. (2004). Special delivery: When the pills “absolutely, positively” can’t be delivered at home. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 11(2), 44-48

De Santis, J. P. (2003) Advocating for mental health services for children with depressive disorders. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 8(1), 38-40

Major Accomplishments/Honors

2009 National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National HIV Prevention Conference Scholarship

2009-present: Clinical Consultant, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau 2008-2009: President Elect, HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB)

2008-present: President, Metro-Miami Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)

2004-2007: Consultant with AIHA, Pediatric Antiretroviral Training in Ukraine and Russia

2002, 2003, 2004: HIV-related Anemia Case Study Award, Ortho-Biotech