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 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: the study and prevention of substance misuse; cultural stress and adaptation among immigrants; and testing training models to equip health professions educators to address substance misuse and addictive disorders.

Dr. Salas-Wright has authored more than 145 scholarly publications, including first-author articles in journals such as Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and the American Journal of Public Health. He is author of Drug Abuse and Antisocial Behavior: A Biosocial Life Course Approach and editor of The Routledge International Handbook of Delinquency and Health. Dr. Salas-Wright 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, Social Work Research, and The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. He has served as a reviewer for Center for Scientific Review and more than 60 academic journals.

Currently, Dr. Salas-Wright is Principal Investigator of a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The K01 award, titled “Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Violence among Latino Youth” supports his career development and research activities for 5 years. Prior to the K01, Dr. Salas-Wright was an NIH-funded KL2 Scholar and led the evaluation of an NIAAA-funded (R25) training program focused on promoting the dissemination of empirically-supported practices for the treatment of substance use and addictive disorders. He has also led funded studies on the risk and protective factors substance misuse among Latino youth and the development of a substance use prevention program for college student veterans. His research and commentary have appeared in numerous television and print sources, including: ABC, NBC, and CBS News, USA TODAY, Politifact, and National Public Radio’s Academic Minute.

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). 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 worked in El Salvador, Central America for several years and traveled during that time throughout Central and South America. In Central America, 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

Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Violence among Latino Youth
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Hispanic Science Network Early Stage Career Mentoring for NIDA Research
09/01/2018 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
Michigan State University NIH NIDA

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

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2018 Preventing Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Violence among Latino Youth 1K01AA026645-01 2
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. AbiNader MA, Salas-Wright CP, Vaughn MG, Oh S, Jackson DB. Trends and Correlates of Youth Violence-Prevention Program Participation, 2002-2016. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Mar 13. PMID: 30905485.
  2. Vaughn MG, Salas-Wright CP, John R, Holzer KJ, Qian Z, Veeh C. Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychiatric Co-Morbidity in the United States. Psychiatr Q. 2019 03; 90(1):151-158. PMID: 30465326.
  3. Salas-Wright CP, Vaughn MG, Miller DP, Hahm HC, Scaramutti C, Cohen M, Delva J, Schwartz SJ. Overeating and binge eating among immigrants in the United States: new terrain for the healthy immigrant hypothesis. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2019 Feb 26. PMID: 30806725.
  4. Scaramutti C, Salas-Wright CP, Vos SR, Schwartz SJ. The Mental Health Impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and Florida. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2019 02; 13(1):24-27. PMID: 30696508.
  5. Salas-Wright CP, Oh S, Vaughn MG, Cohen M, Scott JC, Amodeo M. Trends and drug-related correlates in residential mobility among young adults in the United States, 2003-2016. Addict Behav. 2019 Mar; 90:146-150. PMID: 30396097.
  6. Salas-Wright CP, Oh S, Vaughn MG, Muroff J, Amodeo M, Delva J. Trends and correlates of perceived access to heroin among young adults in the United States, 2002-2016. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2018 12 01; 193:169-176. PMID: 30384325.
  7. Vaughn MG, Salas-Wright CP, Jackson DB. The complex genetic and psychosocial influences on polysubstance misuse. Curr Opin Psychol. 2018 Sep 05; 27:62-66. PMID: 30223196.
  8. Salas-Wright CP, Vaughn MG, Goings TC, Miller DP, Chang J, Schwartz SJ. Alcohol-related problem behaviors among Latin American immigrants in the US. Addict Behav. 2018 Dec; 87:206-213. PMID: 30055450.
  9. 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 09; 267:438-445. PMID: 29980122.
  10. 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.
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