Christopher Salas-Wright, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Social Work
Dept of Graduate Instruction

PhD, Boston College
MA, Boston College
MSW, University of Washington

Christopher Salas-Wright is an Assistant Professor in the Boston University School of Social Work and a Research Fellow with the National Hispanic Science Network’s (NHSN) Early Stage Career Mentoring for NIDA Research program. His research interests include: drug abuse and violence prevention; immigration and the role of cultural processes in the development of Latino youth; and the epidemiology of high-risk and antisocial behavior.

Dr. Salas-Wright has authored more than 125 scholarly publications, including first-author articles in journals such as Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Psychiatry Research, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, and the American Journal of Public Health. Additionally, he is first-author of a new book with Palgrave Macmillan focused on the developmental links between drug abuse and antisocial behavior. Dr. Salas-Wright currently serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation and on the editorial boards of Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Research on Social Work Practice. He also serves as a reviewer for more than 50 scholarly journals across the disciplines of Public Health, Psychiatry, Developmental Psychology, Social Work, and Criminology.

In addition to his published and editorial work, Dr. Salas-Wright has served as Principal Investigator (PI) for numerous studies. He is leading, as an NIH-funded KL2 Scholar with Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a project focused on developing collaborative research partnerships with Latino youth development organizations in Massachusetts. He also helped to lead the evaluation of an NIAAA-funded (R25) training program–the Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program for Social Work Faculty–focused on promoting the dissemination of empirically-supported practices for the treatment of alcohol and other substance use disorders. Prior to these projects, he completed funded studies on the bio × social factors related to substance use and violence among Hispanic youth as well as the development of a substance use prevention program for college student veterans. His research has appeared in numerous television and print sources, including: MSNBC/NBC News, USA TODAY, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Fox News, Fox News Latino, Fox Business, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo!, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, La Opinión, and Conan.

Dr. Salas-Wright received his PhD in Social Work from the Boston College School of Social Work in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. After his doctoral studies, he completed an NIH (T32) Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) and was also a cross-training fellow at Brown University’s Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH). He completed a NIDA-funded research training fellowship with the National Hispanic Science Network’s Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse as well. In addition to his research training, Dr. Salas-Wright received graduate training as a Clinical Social Worker from the University of Washington School of Social Work and training from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. In these capacities, he gained field experience as a mental health counselor, addictions therapist, and hospital chaplain.

Prior to his graduate training, Dr. Salas-Wright lived and worked in El Salvador, Central America for several years and traveled during that time throughout Central and South America. During that time, he worked in youth development, addictions treatment, and international higher education.

2014 Sage Publications: Best Paper Award, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice
2013 Santa Clara University: Alumnus of the Month, Casa de la Solidaridad
2009-2012 Boston College: Doctoral Fellowship in Social Work
2007 Boston College: Nominee, Graduate School Award for Academic Achievement
2002 Santa Clara University: Valedictorian Finalist
2002 Santa Clara University: Richard J. Riordan Award for Outstanding Community Service
2000 Santa Clara University: Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship

National Register Based Longitudinal Study Examining the Effectiveness of Addiction Treatment Intervention
09/01/2014 - 09/30/2017 (PI)
Umea University

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  1. Salas-Wright CP, Vaughn MG, Goings TC, Miller DP, Schwartz SJ. Immigrants and mental disorders in the united states: New evidence on the healthy migrant hypothesis. Psychiatry Res. 2018 Jun 19; 267:438-445. PMID: 29980122.
  2. Vaughn MG, AbiNader MA, Salas-Wright CP, Oh S, Holzer KJ. Declining trends in drug dealing among adolescents in the United States. Addict Behav. 2018 Sep; 84:106-109. PMID: 29660592.
  3. Oh S, Salas-Wright CP, Vaughn MG. Trends in depression among low-income mothers in the United States, 2005-2015. J Affect Disord. 2018 Aug 01; 235:72-75. PMID: 29655077.
  4. Córdova D, Heinze JE, Hsieh HF, Mistry R, Salas-Wright CP, Cook SH, Zimmerman MA. Are trajectories of a syndemic index in adolescence linked to HIV vulnerability in emerging and young adulthood? AIDS. 2018 Feb 20; 32(4):495-503. PMID: 29239889; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001717;.
  5. Vaughn MG, Nelson EJ, Oh S, Salas-Wright CP, DeLisi M, Holzer KJ. Abstention from Drug Use and Delinquency Increasing among Youth in the United States, 2002-2014. Subst Use Misuse. 2018 Jul 29; 53(9):1468-1481. PMID: 29313738; DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1413392;.
  6. Córdova D, Mendoza Lua F, Ovadje L, Hong E, Castillo B, Salas-Wright CP. Randomized Controlled Trials of Technology-Based HIV/STI and Drug Abuse Preventive Interventions for African American and Hispanic Youth: Systematic Review. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2017 Dec 13; 3(4):e96. PMID: 29237577; DOI: 10.2196/publichealth.7129;.
  7. Miller DP, Bazzi AR, Allen HL, Martinson ML, Salas-Wright CP, Jantz K, Crevi K, Rosenbloom DL. A Social Work Approach to Policy: Implications for Population Health. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec; 107(S3):S243-S249.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29236535; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304003;.
  8. Vaughn MG, Salas-Wright CP. Immigrants commit crime and violence at lower rates than the US-born Americans. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 Jan; 28(1):58-60.e1. PMID: 29153492; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.10.016;.
  9. Oh S, Salas-Wright CP, Vaughn MG, DiNitto DM. Marijuana use during pregnancy: A comparison of trends and correlates among married and unmarried pregnant women. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017 12 01; 181:229-233. PMID: 29107787; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.09.036;.
  10. Goings TC, Salas-Wright CP, Howard MO, Vaughn MG. Substance use among bi/multiracial youth in the United States: Profiles of psychosocial risk and protection. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2018; 44(2):206-214. PMID: 29053377; DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2017.1359617;.
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