Ijeoma Opara, PhD, 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 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

AWARDS (selected)

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. & Santos, N. (2019). A conceptual exploration of social media’s role on mental health, body image, and eating disorders in Latina adolescents. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. doi:10.1177/0739986319860844

Lardier Jr., D.T., Opara, I., Herrera, A., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2019). Perceptions of control and risky behavior on sexual partnerships, HIV knowledge, and risk perception among urban youth of color: A latent class analysis. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services. doi: 10.1080/15381501.2019.1632237 

Opara, I., Rivera Rodas, E.I., Lardier, Jr. D.T., Garcia-Reid, P., & Reid, R.J. (2019). Validation of the abbreviated Socio-Political Control Scale for Youth among Girls of Color. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007s10560019006249 

Opara, I., Lardier, Jr. D.T., Reid, R.J., & Garcia-Reid, P. (2019). “It all starts with the parents”: A qualitative study on the protective factors for drug use prevention among Black and Hispanic girls. Affilia: Journal of Women & Social Work. Advance online publication: doi:10.1177/0886109918822543