Joanna Almeida

Associate Professor, Social Work
  • School of Social Work
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  • Sc.D.
  • M.P.H.
  • M.S.W. 

What I Teach

  • SW 411 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment


Almeida J, Mulready-Ward C, Bettegowda VR & Ahluwalia I. The contribution of social ties and social support to racial/ethnic differences in low birth weight and preterm birth among mothers in New York City, 2004-2007. Maternal & Child Health Journal. (2013). In Press.

Almeida J, Johnson RM, Matsumoto A & Godette D. Substance use, generation and time in the United States: The modifying role of gender for urban immigrant adolescents. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 75(12):2069-2075.

Acevedo-Garcia D. Sanchez-Vaznaugh E, Viruell-Fuentes E, & Almeida J. Integrating social epidemiology into immigrant health research: A cross-national framework. Social Science & Medicine.2012; 75(12):2060-2068.

Acevedo-Garcia D. & Almeida J. Special Issue Introduction: Place migration and health. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 75(12):2055-2059.

Almeida J., Johnson R.M., McNamara M., & Gupta J. (2011). Peer violence perpetration among urban adolescents: Dispelling the myth of the violent immigrant. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 26(13), 2658-80.

Borges G., Azrael D., Almeida J., Johnson R.M., Molnar B.E., Hemenway D., & Miller M. (2011). Immigration, suicide ideation and deliberate self-injury in the Boston Youth Survey. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. 41(2), 193-202.

Almeida J., Subramanian S.V., Kawachi I., & Molnar B.E. (2011). Is blood thicker than water? Social support, depression and the modifying role of ethnicity/nativity status. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 65(1), 51-6.

Almeida J., Johnson R.M., Corliss H.L., Molnar B.E., & Azrael D. (2009). Emotional distress among LGBT youth: The influence of perceived discrimination based on sexual orientation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 38(7), 1001-14.

Almeida J., Molnar B.E., Kawachi I., & Subramanian S.V. (2009). A multilevel analysis of social ties and social cohesion among Latinos and their neighborhoods: Results from Chicago. Journal of Urban Health. 86(5), 745-59.

Almeida J., Kawachi I., Molnar, B.E., & Subramanian, S.V. (2009). Ethnicity and nativity status as determinants of perceived social support: Testing the concept of familism. Social Science & Medicine. 68(10), 1852-8.

Almeida J., Cohen A.P., Subramanian S.V., & Molnar, B.E. (2008). Increased worker caseloads in state child protective service agencies as a potential explanation for the decline in child sexual abuse: A multilevel analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect. 32(3), 367-75.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Harvard Injury Control Research Center - Suicide Prevention Outreach Associate - 2007
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - Fee-for-Service Clinician - 2001-2003
  • Boston Medical Center, Research Unit - Program Manager - 2001-2003

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 Co-guest editor of special issue of Social Science & Medicine on Place, migration & health
  • 2012-2013 NIH Loan Repayment Program Recipient, Pediatric Research (renewed)
  • 2010-2012 NIH Loan Repayment Program Recipient, Pediatric Research
  • 2010-2012 Fellow - NIDA Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Use