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Flavio Marsiglia

Flavio Marsiglia is an expert in substance abuse, prevention, intervention and health disparities.

Marsiglia’s research on cultural diversity and youth substance use is widely recognized, highly influential in the prevention field, and credited with a measurable reduction in drug use and other high-risk behaviors among youth in Arizona, across the U.S., and other countries. He has developed and tested culturally grounded interventions to prevent substance abuse, especially among Latino and other minority populations of the Southwest, including the school-based “keepin’it REAL” substance-abuse model prevention program. He is the principal investigator of a Mexico-based R01 NIDA/NIH-funded study to culturally adapt and test the efficacy of Keepin’it REAL in Mexico.

He is a Regents Professor at the School of Social Work at ASU and the founder and director of the Global Center for Applied Health Research. The Global Center conducts intervention health research in partnership with universities and communities in Burundi, China, Guatemala, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan and Uruguay.

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Most kids do not use alcohol or other drugs, and we as a society tend to focus on the ones who do. We do, however, need to educate and equip all youth with tools for prevention.

— Flavio Marsiglia, ASU Now