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2019 Scholars

Christopher Salas-Wright, PhD, MSW


Assistant Professor 
Boston University

Christopher Salas-Wright, PhD, MSW is assistant professor in the Boston University School of Social Work and voluntary faculty at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. His research agenda focuses on cultural stress among immigrants and the prevention of adolescent substance use. Christopher's work in these areas has resulted in more than 150 scholarly publications, including first-author articles in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Journal of Adolescent 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.” Christopher 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, and The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. He has received research and training support from several federal funding sources, including the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Currently, Christopher is Principal Investigator on a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, funded by NIAAA. In 2019, he received the Society for Social Work and Research’s Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award, the organization’s premier honor for early career faculty.