Dr. Michelle Hospital is the Associate Director of Research and Development of FIU’s Community-Based Research Institute (CBRI). She also currently serves as a co-leader of South Florida’s first Health Disparities Research Center at a Minority Institution (RCMI) from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). She graduated from Florida International University with a doctoral degree in Applied Life-Span Developmental Psychology. She received an M.S. in Counseling Psychology at FIU and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Miami with a concentration in Accounting. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida (LMHC License # MH 9226). Dr. Hospital completed her Post-Doctoral training in advanced statistical analyses including Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) and Growth Curve Modeling (GCM) as well as national weighted longitudinal datasets. Dr. Hospital also currently serves as the Chair of the FIU Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Dr. Hospital has served as a co-investigator for over 10 NIH and other federally funded grants including multiple R01 randomized clinical trials (RCTs). She has served as the primary internal evaluator for a multi-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. She has extensive experience conducting school and community-based prevention research. Dr. Hospital and her colleagues at CBRI have been awarded more than $50 million in extramural grant funding from federal agencies (e.g., NIDA, NIAAA, NIMHD and SAMHSA) and other private foundations (e.g., Aetna Foundation and Ware Foundation).
Dr. Hospital is a first generation Hispanic, fully fluent in Spanish, and has a particular interest in working on health disparities research. Her clinical and research interests have been primarily centered on the reduction of risk behaviors and the promotion of well-being among adolescent and young adult diverse populations. She has served as the principal investigator of multiple funded community-based research studies evaluating the impact of positive youth development programs (e.g., music education, mindfulness, yoga and equine facilitated psychotherapy) among at-risk urban youth.
Dr. Hospital has mentored, trained and supervised dozens of undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral students as well as Post-Doctoral Fellows from various disciplines including Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, Nursing, Biology, Dietetics and Nutrition and Women and Gender Studies.
Structural Equation Modeling, Weighted Data, Data Analysis for Intervention Studies, Health Disparities, Youth Risk Behavior
Scholarly & Creative Works
Works By Students
chaired theses and dissertations
principal investigator on
- Evaluation of the Gang Alternative Minority Violence Prevention Project 88 (MVP 88) awarded by U.S. Public Health Service 2017 - 2021
- The Transformative Experience of Youth Engagement with Music: An Evaluation of the Dranoff PIANO SLAM awarded by Ware Foundation 2017 - 2020
- Expanding Yoga to Low Income, Racial/Ethnic Minority High School Students awarded by Aetna Foundation 2016 - 2019
- Examining Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) as a Complement to Standard Care for Foster Youth in Residential Treatment awarded by Ware Foundation 2016 - 2018
- Enhancing Resilience among At-Risk Minority Youth through Music Education: An Evaluation of ESMIA (aka, Project TREBLE) Resilience among At Risk Minority Youth through Music Education: An Evaluation of ESMIA (El Sistema awarded by Ware Foundation 2013 - 2017
- A Longitudinal Study of Parent Communication with College Students about Alcohol awarded by Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 2011 - 2016
co-principal investigator on
- Miami-Dade Partnership for Preventing Health Risks among Young Adults awarded by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services 2014 - 2017
- Brief Intervention for Marijuana Use among Latino Youth awarded by National Institute on Drug Abuse 2009 - 2011
subproject principal investigator on
- Community Partnership For Preventing Health Risks Among Florida Urban American Indian & Alaska Native Young Adults awarded by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services 2020 - 2024
- Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Reducing Recidivism Through Systems Improvement (Evaluation) awarded by U.S. Department of Justice 2020 - 2023
- Year 2: External evaluation of Closing the Gap (CTG), the Florida Department of Health's grant program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in in Florida awarded by Florida Department of Health 2021 - 2022
- FIU Center for Reducing Health Disparities in Substance Abuse & HIV in South Florida awarded by Minority Health and Health Disparities 2018 - 2022
- FIU Center for Reducing Health Disparities in Substance Abuse & HIV in South Florida awarded by Minority Health and Health Disparities 2017 - 2022
- External evaluation of Closing the Gap (CTG), the Florida Department of Health's grant program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in in Florida awarded by Florida Department of Health 2021
- FIU-MDCPS Partnership for Preventing Health among Youth awarded by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services 2015 - 2021
- Community Partnership for Preventing Health Risks among Florida Urban American Indian & Alaskan Native Young Adults awarded by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services 2018 - 2020
- Facilitating Self-Change for Adolescent Alcohol Problems awarded by Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 2012 - 2017
- Brief Intervention for Substance Using Native Youth awarded by National Institute on Drug Abuse 2011 - 2017
- Michelle Hospital
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