Carlos E. Rodríguez-Díaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES
Chair and Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

PhD, Walden University
MPH, University of Puerto Rico
BS, University of Puerto Rico

Pronouns: he/him/his

Carlos is an academic activist. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz’s professional work focuses on engaging the social determinants of health to address health inequities among populations made vulnerable by factors such as race/ethnicity, incarceration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV status. He conducts community-based participatory research in Puerto Rico, the continental United States, and the Caribbean region and has several funded projects to improve primary care, HIV prevention services, and interventions to improve HIV prevention services with sexual minority men, enhance continuity of care for justice-involved people and primary care for Latinx and transgender populations. He is also testing the implementation of medical-legal partnerships to improve health among Latinos. Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz has also conducted pandemic-related research; he is the first author of one of the most cited studies about COVID-19 infection and death risk among the US Latinx population.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, Rodriguez-Diaz serves as president of the Board of Directors of Coai, Inc., a community-based organization providing health services to LGBTQ populations in Puerto Rico, and as past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, an international organization dedicated to advancing knowledge about sexuality.

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  1. Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Seager L, Navalta C, Lapointe L, Laino A, Wilhite D, Melin K, Varga L, Zea MC. Experiences of Latinx sexual and gender minorities with access to healthcare during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2023 Dec 26. PMID: 38146952
  2. Zapata JP, Queiroz A, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Mustanski B. Factors Associated with HIV Testing Among Spanish and English-Speaking Latino Adolescents Aged 13-18. AIDS Behav. 2024 Jan; 28(1):343-356. PMID: 37848599
  3. Maclin BJ, Wang Y, Rodriguez-Diaz C, Donastorg Y, Perez M, Gomez H, Barrington C, Kerrigan D. Comparing typologies of violence exposure and associations with syndemic health outcomes among cisgender and transgender female sex workers living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. PLoS One. 2023; 18(9):e0291314. PMID: 37695770; PMCID: PMC10495030; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0291314;
  4. Maclin BJ, Wang Y, Rodriguez-Diaz C, Donastorg Y, Perez M, Gomez H, Barrington C, Kerrigan D. Beyond a deficit-based approach: Characterizing typologies of assets for cisgender and transgender female sex workers and their relationship with syndemic health outcomes. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(8):e0002314. PMID: 37647289; PMCID: PMC10468052; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0002314;
  5. Zapata JP, Avila AA, Hurtado M, de St Aubin E, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Robles G. Stakeholders' Perspectives About Cultural Strategies to Support PrEP for Latino Sexual Minority Men. AIDS Educ Prev. 2023 Jun; 35(3):185-200. PMID: 37410369; DOI: 10.1521/aeap.2023.35.3.185;
  6. Robles G, Lee JJ, Reynolds A, Rodríguez-Díaz CE, Rendina HJ. Reactions to Testing HIV Negative: An Assessment of Measurement Invariance and Associations with Condomless Anal Sex among English and Spanish-speaking Latinx Sexual Minority Men in the United States. AIDS Behav. 2023 Nov; 27(11):3661-3668. PMID: 37195473; PMCID: PMC10777537; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-023-04081-5;
  7. Stoff DM, Bowleg L, Del Río-González AM, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Zea MC. Critical Perspectives on Expanding Racial/Ethnic Diversity in the HIV Research Workforce: Comorbidities and Mentoring. Health Educ Behav. 2023 Mar 16; 10901981231157795. PMID: 36924258; DOI: 10.1177/10901981231157795;
  8. Robles, G., López-Matos, J., Cienfuegos-Szalay, J.,* Rodríguez-Díaz, C. E., & Rendina, J. . The use of a Spanish-translated PrEP stigma scale among the Latino Sample of the UNITE cohort study. Stigma and Health. 2023. View Publication
  9. St. George, S. M., Harkness, A. R., Rodriguez-Diaz, C. E., Weinstein, E. R., Pavia, V., & Hamilton, A. B. . Applying rapid qualitative analysis for health equity: Lessons learned using "EARS" with Latino communities. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2023. View Publication
  10. Andrade EL, Cordova A, Schagen CR, Jula M, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Rivera MI, Santos-Burgoa C. The impact of Hurricane Maria on individuals living with non-communicable disease in Puerto Rico: the experience of 10 communities. BMC Public Health. 2022 Nov 15; 22(1):2083. PMID: 36380330; PMCID: PMC9664670; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-022-14552-4;
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2023 Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society: Honorary Inductee
2021 George Washington University: Honey Nashman “Spark of Life” Award for Faculty Member of the Year
2018 American Public Health Association: Lyndon Haviland Public Health Mentoring Award
2018 Clinton School of Public Services, University of Arkansas: Visiting Scholar
2016 Domestic Scholar of the HIV Prevention Trial Network
2013 HIV Section of the American Public Health Association: Outstanding abstract
2010 American Public Health Association: Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award
2004 Association of Health Educators of Puerto Rico: Cato Lube Award, Outstanding Master’s Student
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Social Determinants of Health
Community Health Education
HIV Infection
Sexual Orientation
Gender Identity
Puerto Rico
Health Equity

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