Ariadna Capasso
Ariadna Capasso, PhD
Health Resources in Action - Director of Research and Evaluation
PhD, Public Health, NYU School of Global Public Health
MFA, Fine Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder
BA, Arts and Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Ariadna Capasso is Director of Research and Evaluation at Health Resources in Action, where she oversees a large portfolio of community assessments and evaluations, including in the fields of perinatal substance use and in the intersection of violence and substance use.

Dr. Capasso has over fifteen years of experience providing technical support to United Nations agencies, such as the United Nations Population Fund and the Pan American Health Organization. She was a senior technical advisor at Management Sciences for Health, where she provided strategic leadership and managed a wide range of sexual and reproductive health projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Capasso’s research focuses on the adaptation of the Theory of Gender and Power to predict problem alcohol use among Black and Latina women and on the intersection of alcohol use, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health among women of color. In 2018, Dr. Capasso was a fellow of the NIDA-funded Substance Abuse Research Education & Training (SARET) at the NYU School of Medicine and was a recipient of a National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship. In 2021, she was a Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research predoctoral fellow at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. In 2022, Dr. Capasso received a PhD in Public Health from New York University School of Global Public Health. Dr. Capasso is a member of the Research Society on Alcoholism.


DiClemente RJ, Capasso A, Ali SH, Jones AM, Foreman J, Tozan Y (2022).
Knowledge, beliefs, mental health, substance use, and behaviors related to the COVID-19 pandemic among US adults: A national online survey
Journal of Public Health, 30 (8), 2069-2079. doi: 10.1007/s10389-021-01564-4. PMCID: PMC8112882.

Capasso A, Skipalska H, Nadal J, Zamostian P, Kompaniiets O, Navario P, Castillo TP (2022).
Lessons from the field: Recommendations for gender-based violence prevention and treatment for displaced women in conflict-affected Ukraine
Lancet Regional Health - Europe, 17, 100408. doi: 10.1016/j.lanepe.2022.100408. PMCID: PMC9198962.

Pahl K, Williams SZ, Capasso A, Lewis CF, Lekas HM (2022).
A longitudinal pathway from ethnic-racial discrimination to sexual risk behaviors among Black women and Latinas: Ethnic-racial identity exploration as a protective factor
Social Science and Medicine [Epub 2022 May 21]. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115061.

Capasso A, Kim S, Ali SH, Jones AM, DiClemente RJ, Tozan Y (2022).
Employment conditions as barriers to the adoption of COVID-19 mitigation measures: How the COVID-19 pandemic may be deepening health disparities among low-income earners and essential workers in the United States
BMC Public Health, 22 (1), 870. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13259-w. PMCID: PMC9058755.

Tozan Y, Capasso A, Namatovu P, Kiyingi J, Damulira C, Nabayinda J, Bahar OS, McKay MM, Hoagwood K, Ssewamala FM (2022).
Costing of a multiple family group strengthening intervention (SMART-Africa) to improve child and adolescent behavioral health in Uganda
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 106 (4), 1078-1085. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-0895. PMCID: PMC8991355.


Capasso A, Skipalska H, Guttmacher S, Tikhonovsky NG, Navario P, Castillo TP (2021).
Factors associated with experiencing sexual violence among female gender-based violence survivors in conflict-afflicted eastern Ukraine
BMC Public Health, 21 (1), 789. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10830-9. PMCID: PMC8067375.

Capasso A, Jones AM, Ali SH, Foreman J, Tozan Y, DiClemente RJ (2021).
Increased alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic: The effect of mental health and age in a cross-sectional sample of social media users in the U.S.
Preventive Medicine, 145, 106422. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106422.

Capasso A, DiClemente RJ, Wingood GM (2019).
Pregnancy coercion as a risk factor for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among young African American women
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 82 Suppl 2, S155-S161. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002174. PMCID: PMC6820702.

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