Fernando A. Wagner, ScD, MPH

Fernando A. Wagner, Sc.D., M.P.H., is affiliated with the Drug Abuse Research Program/Center for Health Disparities Solutions (link) (Deputy Director) and Public Health Program (Associate Professor), Morgan State Fernando WagnerUniversity; and with the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Adjunct Faculty). Dr. Wagner is interested in the development of methods, knowledge, and community-participatory interventions promoting public mental health, particularly in drug dependence and depression in late life. Dr. Wagner has twenty-five years of experience in the public mental health field, with extensive research-action work with community and grass roots organizations.

Examples of his current research include the study of mechanisms that help understand drug involvement, from opportunities to first use to dependence and other problems, so that interventions can be developed and tested for minority and other underserved populations. Dr. Wagner is also a co-PI for the longitudinal study of 5,000 Mexican older adults examining the occurrence, natural history, risk and protective factors, as well as a potential intervention in family health care clinics for major depression.

Dr. Wagner has received important awards, such as the 1992 93 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, the Morton Kramer Award (Johns Hopkins University, 1998), the WHO/CPDD/NIDA International Award (2002), recognition as a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico (2001-2004), and a recent grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study opportunities and actual drug use in the US and in Baltimore.

Dr. Wagner is first author of several papers in prestigious scientific journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Neuropsychopharmacology, and the American Journal of Epidemiology, and a coauthor in many others.

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