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Staci Leon-Morris

Faculty RankAssistant Professor
InstitutionFlorida International University
DepartmentCommunity-Based Research Institute
Address11200 SW 8th street
Academic Health Center 5
Miami FL 33199
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-3271-6188 Additional info
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    Rutgers University, N.J.BA05/1994Psychology
    Nova Southeastern University, FLMS08/1996Psychology
    Nova Southeastern University, FLPsy.D.05/2000Clinical Psychology
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    1990Garden State Distinguished Scholarship Award, State of New Jersey
    1994Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers University
    1994United States Achievement Academy All American Scholar At Large, Rutgers University
    1994United States Achievement Academy National Collegiate Education Award, Rutgers University
    1994Henry Rutgers Honors Scholar, Rutgers University
    1994Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award, New Jersey Department of Education
    1994Psi Chi - National Honor Society in Psychology, Rutgers University
    1994Golden Key National Honor Society, Rutgers University
    1994Kappa Delta Pi - International Education Honor Society, Rutgers University
    2004 - 2006Clinical LRP Award Recipient, NIH/NIAAA
    2014Operational Excellence Award Recipient, Florida International University
    2015Office of the Provost Faculty Research Award presented to FIU-BRIDGE (currently FIU-CBRI), Florida International University
    2016 - 2018Clinical LRP Research Award, NIH/NIAAA

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    My career has been devoted to real-life implementation of empirically-based treatments among underserved populations with the overarching goal of ameliorating health risk behaviors associated with health disparities. I am a Florida Licensed Clinical Psychologist (FL PY 6443), Assistant Research Professor in Florida International University’s (FIU) Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, and the Associate Director for Clinical Services and Training of the Community-Based Research Institute (CBRI) at FIU. CBRI is a multidisciplinary research center devoted to reducing risk behaviors and promoting health and wellness across the lifespan. Our mission is to promote health equity for all. CBRI conducts rigorous, innovative clinical research on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, HIV, and mental health problems. We have received over $60 million in extramural support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH: NIAAA, NIDA, NIMHD), the US Department of Health & Human Services (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA and Office of Minority Health), and private foundations (Ware Foundation, Aetna Foundation). I have worked on community-based RCT’s for more than 20 years, served as the clinical supervisor and primary trainer for 19 of those years, and have been co-investigator on 15 grant-funded research projects. In 2016, I was promoted from staff to research faculty and began the second phase of my career. In 2017, I became Administrative Core co-leader of the FIU Center for Reducing Health Disparities in Substance Abuse & HIV in South Florida (RCMI, NIMHD 1U54MD012393-01, PI: Wagner); the major goal of the RCMI is to build a world class research center focused on ending health disparities associated with substance use problems and HIV in South Florida. Also in 2017, I was selected to participate in the 2017 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) supported by NIH and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, I focus my own research on Dissemination and Implementation (D&I), specifically of evidence-based treatments with underserved communities. In my 25 year career, I have utilized Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques, as well as provided multiple trainings and supervision of MI in multiple studies targeting a variety of health behaviors with mostly underserved populations. I am also co-investigator on 2 current research projects addressing vaccine hesitancy. I have extensive clinical and research expertise implementing and evaluating community-based RCTs, specifically with MI and underserved populations, tailoring, staffing, training, and supervision. I am motivated by the opportunity to positively impact public health, especially among minority communities.

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    148494     (Wagner/Morris)
    FIU Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Fellowship
    Role Description: The major goal of this project is to train master’s level clinicians from social work, psychological counseling, and educational counseling in interdisciplinary behavioral healthcare with medically underserved populations.
    Role: Co-PI

    AWD000000008266     (Hospital)Jul 15, 2017 - Jun 30, 2022
    Evaluation of the Gang Alternative Minority Violence Prevention Project 88 (MVP 88)
    Role Description: The major goal of this program is to bring innovative approaches to delivery of evidence-based practices that have proven highly effective to reduce violence, aggression and substance abuse/use among youth.
    Role: co-I Evaluator

    U54MD012393     (WAGNER, ERIC F)Sep 20, 2017 - Jun 30, 2022
    FIU Center for Reducing Health Disparities in Substance Abuse & HIV in South Florida
    Role Description: The project is focused on developing, designing, and mounting of community-partnered efforts (i.e., Town Hall Meetings) to promote COVID-19 vaccine literacy among URM groups, with direct attention to readiness for participation in (a) candidate vaccine trials and (b) approved vaccine rapid deployment.
    Role: Co-Investigator

    2018-CZ-BX-0020     (Cedeno)Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 20, 2021
    Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Reducing Recidivism Through Systems Improvement
    Role Description: The major goal of this project is to address reentry barriers and reduce recidivism of former State of Florida prisoners returning to Broward County after release by offering support services through a one stop portal initiative.
    Role: Evaluator

    AWD 12781     (Howard/Huang)Apr 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2021
    External Evaluation of Closing the Gap (CTG), Florida Department of Health's grant program to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities
    Role Description: The major goal of this project is to perform evaluation services for the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities "Closing the Gap" (CTG) Grant program. The services include documenting historical efforts, evaluating current efforts, developing a new program reporting structure, and providing technical assistance to grantees and the Florida Department of Health.
    Role: Evaluator

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    1. Clarke RD, Morris SL, Wagner EF, Spadola CE, Bursac Z, Fava NM, Hospital M. Feasibility, acceptability and preliminary impact of mindfulness-based yoga among Hispanic/Latinx adolescents. Explore (NY). 2021 Mar 09. PMID: 33741254.
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    2. Clarke RD, Fernandez SB, Hospital M, Morris SL, Howard M, Wagner EF, Wales E. Getting Their Feet in the Door: Communication Cues to Action for HIV Testing and Condom Use Behaviors Among Hispanic/Latinx College Students. J Prim Prev. 2021 Aug; 42(4):331-341. PMID: 33033906.
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    3. Morris SL, Hospital MM, Wagner EF, Lowe J, Thompson MG, Clarke R, Riggs C. SACRED Connections: A University-Tribal Clinical Research Partnership for School-Based Screening and Brief Intervention for Substance Use Problems among Native American Youth. J Ethn Cult Divers Soc Work. 2021; 30(1):149-162. PMID: 33732098.
    4. Spadola CE, Varga LM, Fernandez SB, Clarke RD, Morris SL, Wagner EF, Hospital M. A qualitative investigation to inform yoga intervention recruitment practices for racial/ethnic minority adolescents in outpatient mental health treatment. Explore (NY). 2020 Jan - Feb; 16(1):21-25. PMID: 31401017.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Fernandez SB, Howard M, Hospital M, Morris SL, Wagner EF. Hispanic Students' Perceptions About HIV/STI Testing and Prevention: A Mixed-Methods Study in a Hispanic-Serving University. Health Promot Pract. 2019 09; 20(5):742-750. PMID: 30253668.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Hospital MM, Wagner EF, Morris SL, Sawant M, Siqueira LM, Soumah M. Developing an SMS Intervention for the Prevention of Underage Drinking: Results From Focus Groups. Subst Use Misuse. 2016 Jan 28; 51(2):155-64. PMID: 26789549.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Acosta SL, Hospital MM, Graziano JN, Morris S, Wagner EF. Pathways to Drinking Among Hispanic/Latino Adolescents: Perceived Discrimination, Ethnic Identity, and Peer Affiliations. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2015; 14(3):270-86. PMID: 26115004.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Wagner EF, Hospital MM, Graziano JN, Morris SL, Gil AG. A randomized controlled trial of guided self-change with minority adolescents. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2014 Dec; 82(6):1128-39. PMID: 24841864.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Cordaro M, Tubman JG, Wagner EF, Morris SL. Treatment Process Predictors of Program Completion or Dropout among Minority Adolescents Enrolled in a Brief Motivational Substance Abuse Intervention. J Child Adolesc Subst Abuse. 2012 Jan 01; 21(1):51-68. PMID: 26989339.
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    10. Tubman JG, Oshri A, Taylor HL, Morris SL. Maltreatment clusters among youth in outpatient substance abuse treatment: co-occurring patterns of psychiatric symptoms and sexual risk behaviors. Arch Sex Behav. 2011 Apr; 40(2):301-9. PMID: 21165690.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Austin A, Hospital M, Wagner EF, Morris SL. Motivation for reducing substance use among minority adolescents: targets for intervention. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2010 Dec; 39(4):399-407. PMID: 20822879.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Oshri A, Tubman JG, Wagner EF, Leon-Morris S, Snyders J. Psychiatric symptom patterns, proximal risk factors, and sexual risk behaviors among youth in outpatient substance abuse treatment. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2008 Oct; 78(4):430-41. PMID: 19123764.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Gold SN, Elhai JD, Rea BD, Weiss D, Masino T, Morris SL, McIninch J. Contextual Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder. J Trauma Dissociation. 2001; 2(4):5-36. PMID: 29389293.
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