Dr. Guillermo (Willy) Prado is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Dean of the Graduate School; and Professor of Nursing and Health Studies, Public Health Sciences, and Psychology at the University of Miami. Previously, he was Miller Professor and Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami.
A proud double alumnus of the University of Miami, Prado earned his Ph.D. in epidemiology and public health in 2005 and his Master of Science in statistics in 2000. He joined the University as a faculty member in 2007. In 2011, he started the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Department of Public Health in the Miller School of Medicine. Since 2016, he has served as the Dean of the Graduate School, overseeing the institution’s more than 200 doctoral and master’s degrees. Under his leadership, the Graduate School expanded in 2018 to include the Postdoctoral Programs Office responsible for all postdoctoral matters at the University. He was appointed as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in 2020.
Prado’s leadership extends beyond the University of Miami, as the current President of the Society for Prevention Research; a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States; and a Board Member of Research!America, the country’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority.
As a researcher, Prado broadly focuses on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of parenting interventions for Hispanic youth and their families. His research has appeared in over 170 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He has been PI, Co-I, or mentor of over $100 million dollars of NIH funding. He is currently PI of NIDA/NIH funded study evaluating the effectiveness of an online adaption of Familias Unidas, an evidence-based family intervention, for Hispanic youth in primary care. He is also the Director of the Investigator Development Core of the NIMHD/NIH funded Center for Latino Health Research Opportunities. His research has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the National Hispanic Science Network, the Society for Prevention Research, and the Society for Adolescence and has been featured in several domestic and international news outlets, including the Miami Herald and CNN en Español.
Prado has also successfully mentored doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, most of which are currently in faculty positions of their own and leaders in their fields. He is the recipient of awards from the Florida Education Fund and the Society for Prevention Research for his commitment to graduate students of color and early career prevention scientists, respectively.