Theresa H Cruz, PhD, is an epidemiologist and research associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She also serves as Deputy Director of the UNM Prevention Research Center. She has more than 20 years of experience in injury and violence prevention and her research has primarily focused on community-engagement for primary prevention. She currently leads research studies addressing sexual violence prevention and opioid overdose prevention, including a primary prevention study that utilizes systems strategies to increase healthcare provider referrals to early childhood home visiting services. Dr. Cruz also spearheads training and mentorship efforts at the UNM Prevention Research Center where she works with learners at multiple levels to develop and nurture interest in injury and violence research, with a focus on reducing health disparities.
Dr. Cruz has been an active member of SAVIR in multiple capacities over the past 15 years including serving as a Board Member from 2011-2014, contributing as both a participating member and a Co-chair of the SAVIR Advocacy and Policy Committee. She received a Doctorate of Philosophy in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.