Ijeoma Opara, PhD, LMSW, MPH, Assistant Professor


Ijeoma Opara, PhD, LMSW, MPH
Assistant Professor
Email: Ijeoma.Opara@stonybrook.edu
Phone: 631-444-3149

Curriculum Vitae


PhD,  Montclair State University
MSW, New York University
MPH, New York Medical College
BA, New Jersey City University


HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, substance abuse prevention, adolescent girls of color, youth empowerment, intersectionality, community-based participatory research


National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, 2020 Early Independence Award (2020-2025)

National Institute of Mental Health, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) Fellowship, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University School of Public Health, (2019-2021)

National Institute on Drug Abuse T32 Pre-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Sciences Training (BST) on Drug Abuse Research Program at New York University


2019 John D. Slade, MD Memorial Advocacy Award,  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) section, American Public Health Association (APHA)

2018 John L. and Harriette P. McAdoo Dissertation Award, National Council on Family Relations

2017 POZ Top 100 Women Committed to Ending the HIV Epidemic Honoree, POZ Magazine

2017 Population Health Scholar, Academy Health


Opara, I., Rivera Rodas, E., Garcia-Reid, P. & Reid, R.J. (2020). Ethnic Identity,  Empowerment, Social Support, and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Black Adolescent Girls:  Examining Drug Use as a Mediator. Child and Adolescent Social Work. Advanced online  publication. doi: 10.1007/s10560-020-00706-z

Opara, I., Lardier Jr. D.T., Fernandez, Y., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2020).  Intrapersonal Psychological Empowerment Profiles on Ethnic Identity, Social Support, and Lifetime Drug Use among Hispanic Adolescent Girls. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.  Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2020.1803780

Opara, I., Assan, M.A., Pierre, K., Gunn, J III., Metzger, I., Hamilton J., & Arugu, E.  (2020). Suicide among Black children: An integrated model of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide and intersectionality theory for researchers & clinicians.  Journal of Black Studies. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/0021934720935641

Opara, I., Lardier Jr., D.T., Metzger, I., Herrera, A., Franklin, L., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2020).  “Bullets have no names”: A qualitative exploration of community trauma among  Black and Latinx youth. Journal of Child & Family Studies. Advance online publication. doi:  10.1007/s10826-020-01764-8


verywellhealth, November 2, 2020

WPIX Channel 11, October 19, 2020

verywellhealth, October 13, 2020

Madamenoire, Preventing Alcohol Abuse In Black Adolescent Girls, March 25, 2020

Madamenoire, When You’re A Black Woman Struggling With Alcohol Abuse, Getting Help Can Be Complicated, March 10, 2020