Maite P. Mena, PsyD

Research Assistant Professor
UM School of Nursing and Health Studies

M. Christine Schwartz Bldg
Room 406
Telephone: (305) 284-5119
Fax: (305) 284-4221


BA, Psychology, Emory University, 1995
PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, 2000

Certification and Licensure

Florida Psychologist License # PY 6785

Clinical Specialties

Family Therapy and individual therapy
Families affected substance abuse
Families affected by immigration-related separations

Primary Teaching Areas

Biostatistical Applications for Nursing Practice

Research and Academic Interests

Adolescent substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors
HIV/AIDS risk reduction among adolescents at risk
Co-occurring mental health disorders
Minority populations affected by substance abuse and other mental health disorders
Hispanic health disparities
Family therapy processes
Treatment development, refinement, manualization and fidelity
Culturally-tailored interventions

Research (selected)

Co-Investigator, Preventing Health Disparities in Hispanic Youth: Changing Trajectories. This study is one of two large randomized trials within a P-60 Center titled “NCMHD Center for Culturally-Tailored Hispanic Health Disparities Research (National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities), Grant No. 1 P60MD002266: 2007 – 2012.

Co-Principal Investigator, Project Director, “Borderline Adolescent Family Therapy Trial” (National Institute on Drug Abuse), P.I. Daniel Santisteban, Ph.D., Grant No. 1 R01 DA 019057:  Total- $1,989,143 (2005-2009)

Evaluation Contract to Daniel Santisteban, State of Florida Voucher System (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.  Mena 20% Effort. Total Cost $626,000 (2005-2007).

Investigator, Minority Research Supplement recipient, Developing a Culturally Rooted Adolescent Family Therapy (National Institute on Drug Abuse), PI Dan Santisteban, Ph.D., Grant No. 1 R01 DA 13104: Total- $224, 143 (2001-2004)

Investigator, Developing a Culturally Rooted Adolescent Family Therapy (National Institute on Drug Abuse), P.I. Daniel Santisteban, PhD, Grant No. 1 R01 DA 13104: Total- $1,889,654 (2000-2005)


Santisteban, D.A. & Mena, M.P. (2009). Culturally informed and flexible family-based treatment for adolescents: a tailored and integrative treatment for Hispanic youth. Family Process, 48, 253-268.

Mena, M.P., Dillon, F., Mason, C.A. & Santisteban, D.A. (2008). Communication about sexually-related topics among Hispanic substance-abusing adolescents and their parents.  Journal of Drug Issues, Special Issue: Explaining Contemporary Hispanic Drug Use/Abuse: Issues and Challenges,38(1), 215-234.

Mena, M.P., Mitrani, V.B., Muir, J.A., & Santisteban, D.A. (2008). Extended parent-child separations: impact on Hispanic substance abusing adolescents. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13 (1), 50-52.

Santisteban, D.A. & Mena, M.P. (2007) New directions in the treatment of troubled Hispanic youth. Focal Point: Research, Policy, and Practice in Children’s Mental Health.

Santisteban, D.A., Dillon, F., Mena, M.P., Estrada, Y., & Vaughan, E.L. (2005). Psychiatric, Family, and Ethnicity-Related Factors that can Impact Treatment Utilization among Hispanic Substance Abusing Adolescents. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions,5 (1/2), 133-155.

Santisteban, D.A., Mena, M.P., Suarez-Morales, L., (2006). Using treatment development methods to enhance the family-based treatment of Hispanic adolescents. In H. Liddle & C. Rowe (Eds.), Adolescent Substance Abuse: Research and Clinical Advances. Cambridge University Press.

Santisteban, D. A., Muir, J. A., Mena, M. P., & Mitrani, V.B. (2003). Integrated Borderline Adolescent Family Therapy: Meeting the Challenges of Treating Borderline Adolescents. Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training 40(4), 251-264.

Presentations (selected)

Mena, M.P. (December 2008). Culturally Informed Family Therapy for Drug Use in Hispanic Adolescents: A Small Randomized Trial. NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities. National Harbor, Maryland.

Mena, M.P., Dillon, F., Estrada, Y, Santisteban, D. A. (October 2004). Service Utilization among Hispanic Substance Abusing Adolescents. National Hispanic Science Network Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Major Accomplishments

NIDA Special Populations Research Development Seminar series, May, 2007
National Hispanic Science Network New Investigators Panel, 2004
Full Scholarship, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1992-1993