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Institutional Center for Scientific Research (CIIC, by its Spanish acronym)

Created in 2013, its purpose is to investigate, develop, and disseminate knowledge as an integral part of our university.

Main Objectives:

  1. Foster research at Albizu University (AU).
  2. Increase the number of scientific publications among its students, professors, and graduates.
  3. Project and promote its research among the academic community and professional associations, as well as in traditional and digital mass media.
  4. Develop a research culture at Albizu University that constitutes an integral part of the teaching-learning process and positions the university as a leader in Puerto Rico.
  5. In addition, the CIIC provides information regarding funds available for research in local and federal agencies, as well as foundations and educational institutions.

Our Team

The CIIC has the support of a group of students who, together with faculty members, contribute the necessary tools for the development of scientific research.

Our facilities have more than ten computers programmed to analyze research data. For this purpose, we use software such as SPSS, NVivo, STATA, and Remark.

These facilities are available to all AU students and faculty members conducting scientific research.

Affiliate Faculty

Aysha Concepcion Ph.D.

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Miguel Martínez

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Juan Nazario Psy.D.

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Orlando Pedrosa Ph.D.

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José Pérez-Santiago Ph.D

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José Rodríguez Ph.D.

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Jorge Rodriguez Beruff

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Julio Santana Mariño

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María Vélez Ph.D.

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Research Scholar Exchange

Exceptional graduate students have the opportunity to participate in the academic research exchange program. Students in this program will visit participating international institutions for a predetermined period and receive specialized training by assisting in ongoing research projects in their respective areas of expertise.

Theses and Dissertations

To access the theses and dissertations of Albizu University:

Student Research Grants

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation awards fellowships for postgraduate studies that lead to master’s or doctorate degrees based on research in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. More than 900 students are awarded 12-month stipends and education cost allocations.

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This National Research Services Award (NRSA) program seeks to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of PhD students from underrepresented groups. Such candidates include individuals from specific racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program allows promising predoctoral students to receive individualized research training from prominent faculty sponsors who will act as their mentors while conducting well-defined research projects in fields related to scientific health. All research shall be relevant to the missions of participating institutes and centers of the NIH.  Research training with mentors is expected to clearly increase the individual's potential to become a productive and independent research scientist.

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This program intends to promote diversity in the mental health research workforce by providing thesis awards in all areas of research within the National Institute of Mental Health's strategic priorities to individuals from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research. This two-year award supports the completion of the doctoral research project. It is especially recommended for people from under-represented ethnic and racial groups, people with disabilities, and people from social, cultural, economic or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have been inhibited in their ability to pursue a career in health-related research.

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke awards training grants for the National Research Service Award (NRSA) to outstanding doctoral candidates from underrepresented groups, including specific racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The objective of this program is to increase the number of scientists from typically underrepresented groups in biomedical research. Award winners must be in their first six years of graduate school. They will receive up to five years of research training to obtain a PhD or equivalent research degree, a combined MD/PhD, or other professional and research doctoral degrees in biomedical, behavioral, health, or clinical sciences. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Michelle Jones-London at

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HACU is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to help ease some university expenses. Please review each scholarship criteria carefully to see if you qualify. For additional information, please visit:

Funded by a grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this fellowship program from APA supports the training of professionals in behavioral health and prevention services. The fellowship is designed for students pursuing doctoral studies in clinical, counseling, and school psychology, or other areas of behavioral health services. Applicants must have a strong commitment to a career in behavioral health services or policies concerning ethnic minorities.

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The Minority Fellowship Program (MFA) Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) provides educational and professional development, as well as mentoring experiences to both advanced doctoral students in psychology and psychologists who are in the early stages of their careers. Participants are guided towards the development of a scholarship proposal, postdoctoral scholarship, dissertation, treatment program, publication, or program evaluation project. All projects should focus on issues that affect ethnic minority communities.

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This program seeks to encourage a new generation of academics from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential to provide new and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

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The objective of this program is to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities in the nation's university faculties, improve campus diversity, and address the continuing effects of past discrimination. This dissertation fellowship provides a year of support to people working towards completing a dissertation that leads to a PhD or ScD. The fellowship will be awarded in a national competition based on demonstrated superior academic achievement, commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, promise of future achievements as academics and teachers, and preparation to use diversity as a resource to enrich the education of all students. The program is open to citizens or nationals of the United States who are PhD or ScD candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline at an educational institution in the United States.

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Sponsored by the US Department of State, this program offers opportunities for master and doctoral candidates to conduct independent research and studies abroad.

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Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to fulfill some of the most ardent commitments of Congresswoman Mink: educational access, support, and opportunities for low-income women, especially mothers; and educational enrichment for children. The foundation offers five Education Support Awards (of up to $ 5,000 each in 2020) for low-income women with small children who are in higher education or in training.

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These fellowships provide opportunities for generations of capable and accomplished new Americans to gain leadership in their chosen fields. Candidates must be green card holders, naturalized citizens, or US citizens by birth (of parents who were not US citizens at the time of the candidate’s birth). Graduate students of any field are welcome to apply.

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This initiative of the Institute for Broadening Participation provides links to fellowship opportunities for students pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, as well as sources of funding for short-term opportunities, such as summer institutes or trips.

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This program, sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation (APF), promotes the advancement of knowledge and nurtures young scholars in the field of child psychology by supporting postgraduate research projects and scholarships. Several awards of up to $25,000 each are granted in the form of exemptions from tuition/coverage of the home institution. The fellowship lasts one year, with only one application accepted per institution each year.

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The United States Department of Health and Human Services provides school funding through this program. In turn, schools grant scholarships to full-time and financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. Eligible schools include postgraduate programs in behavioral and mental health practices. Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship beneficiaries, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the cost of attendance (tuition, reasonable educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses).

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides grants for this award to support the research of dissertations on drug abuse in NIDA’s priority-focus areas. These areas include research in neuroscience and basic and clinical behavior, developmental trajectories, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, services, and/or women, and sex/gender differences. This program is expected to facilitate the entry of promising new researchers into the field of drug abuse research and promote transdisciplinary collaboration. People from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups; people with disabilities; and people with social, cultural, economic, or educational backgrounds who have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research are especially encouraged to apply.

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Graduate students face a range of financial needs during their training. The APF is committed to trying to meet those needs so that the most capable students can thrive in the field. APF awards scholarships, dissertation funds, research support, and travel grants to start careers for graduate students dedicated to the discipline. Financial support ranges from $300 for travel assistance to $25,000 for scholarships.

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The new NIH Diversity in Extramural Programs website presents six excellent resources for biomedical scholars and rising investigators across every professional stage of research. Learn how diversity supports the mission of the National Institutes of Health, find opportunities to participate in diversity programs, meet researchers, and more. If you are a science student, trainee, faculty member, or someone who is interested in diversity programs, this program can help you find what you are looking for.

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Other Opportunities

Below are links to funding and research opportunities beyond those listed in the Student Research Grants section. The links are classified by student funds, teacher funds, and research databases.

Research and Funding Opportunities for Students

Spencer Foundation:

Leadership Alliance:

Health Equity Research Lab/Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research:

Public Health Institute Alcohol Research Group:

Research and funding opportunities for professors

Administration for Children & Families:

Federal Grants:

William T. Grant Foundation:

National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Ford Foundation:

Foundation Center:

Research Databases

Existing Research Databases

Carrying out secondary analyses of existing large-scale datasets is a viable option for teacher and student research. Students can use existing data for dissertations, doctoral projects, theses, and/or independent research projects. They provide a cost-effective and valuable way to contribute to the current knowledge base and allow students to answer several important research questions, which would not be possible under different circumstances.

There are thousands of public domain datasets involving several populations. The policies and steps related to the publication of this data vary according to the specific dataset. Some require the involvement of a faculty supervisor before their disclosure, while others require a proposal (for example, research objectives or planned analyses) or can be downloaded directly from their host organizations, which maintain several existing datasets.

For example, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), an international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, manages a large number of datasets. Based at the University of Michigan, ICPSR hosts data in a repository with powerful search capabilities. ICPSR data, indexed by major search engines, is easily detectable and widely accessible to the public. However, given that ICPSR is not the only source, a basic internet search should also generate several opportunities.

If you are interested in using a particular dataset, we recommend that you first review the “code list” of the study to see what data was collected and what variables may be of interest to your research project.

Below is a list of existing datasets compiled in December 2016 and organized by category.

The Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) is the only national survey that collects data directly from youth in the juvenile justice system. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) designed the survey between 2000 and 2001 to study young offenders between 10 and 20 years old. The SYRP asks young people about their background, stories of prior offenses and difficulties, facility environment and experience, alcohol and drug use, and placement and victimization experiences. They are also asked to address medical needs and services received as well as their expectations for the future. As a result, SYRP research provides answers to a series of questions about the characteristics and experiences of detained youth.

The SYRP findings are based on anonymous interviews with a nationally representative sample of young people detained during spring 2003, using audio computer-assisted self-interviewing technology (ACASI). SYRP is the latest addition to two ongoing data collections that the OJJDP designed and implemented in the 1990s. In conjunction with the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP)and the Juvenile Residential Facility Census (JRFC), it provides updated statistics on detained youth in the juvenile justice system.

The codebook for the project, which can be downloaded from the main page of the project website, provides the following access information: “The data is restricted to general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining this data must complete a restriction form of the Restricted Data Use Agreement and specify the reasons for the request. A copy of the Restricted Data Use Agreement form may be requested by calling 800-999-0960. Researchers can also download this form as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file from the download page associated with this data set. Complete forms must be returned to: Director, National Criminal Justice Data Archive, Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Investigations, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, or by fax: 734-647-8200 .”

Newsletters, reports, and a simplified SYRP online analysis tool are available on the SYRP website.

Click on the tabs at the top for access to specific information.

The SYRP is a unique addition to the constellation of surveys of the OJJDP on detained youth in the juvenile justice system. In contrast with the CJRP and the JRFC, which are mail surveys of residential facility administrators, SYRP collects information directly from detained juveniles through anonymous interviews.

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health)

Add Health is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. Add Health combines data from longitudinal surveys on the social, economic, psychological, and physical well-being of respondents with contextual data on family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships. This provides unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence relate to health and the results of achievements in early adulthood.

The Add Health cohort has been followed until young adulthood with five home interviews. The fourth wave of interviews was conducted in 2008, when the cohort was between 24 and 32 years old. It expanded the collection of biological data to understand the social, behavioral, and biological links in health trajectories as the cohort transitioned to adulthood.  Add Health reinterviewed cohort members in a 2016-2018 Wave V follow-up to continue the expansion of data by collecting social, environmental, behavioral, and biological information with which to track the onset of chronic diseases as the cohort advances through its fourth decade of life.

Additional information about the project is available on the Add Health website:

In the event that Add Health research is used, it should be accompanied by the following recognition in books, articles, conference papers, thesis, dissertations, reports, or other publications that use the data:

This research uses data from Add Health, a program project designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman and Kathleen Mullan Harris, and funded by a grant P01-HD31921 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Eunice Kennedy Shriver. With cooperative funds from 17 other agencies. Special recognition is due to Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for their assistance in the original design. Those interested in obtaining data files from Add Health should contact Add Health, Carolina Population Center, 123 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2524 ( No direct support was received from grant P01-HD31921 for this analysis.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

The YRBSS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the main causes of death and disability among young people and adults. These are behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors related to unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; use of alcohol and other drugs; tobacco consumption; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and inadequate physical activity. The YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other priority health-related behaviors, in addition to sexual identity and gender of sexual contacts. The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the CDC, as well as by other education, health, and tribal government agencies at the state, territorial, tribal, and local levels. YRBSS national datasets and documentation are available for download in YRBSS Data & Documentation. There is no charge for the data and no permission is required to download or use said data.

United States Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice believes that the publication of high-value datasets that increase transparency and accountability can improve public awareness of the Department of Justice and its operations. The Department hopes that by implementing the Open Data Government Plan, it not only responds to the needs and demands of the public, but also creates economic opportunities. To date, the Department has registered dozens of datasets at, a data clearing house of the federal government executive branch. The new datasets will continue to be registered as they become available for publication. Each office and division of the Department of Justice has been asked to identify and invent the potential datasets for disclosure to the public. This includes new data as well as data that may be in existence but not published.

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)

The mission of the NACJD is to facilitate criminal justice and criminology research through the preservation, improvement, and exchange of computerized data resources; the production of original investigations based on archived data; and specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data. The NACJD provides the following services to help those who use their data collection:

  • Identification of appropriate collections of criminological and criminal justice data on specific
  • Custom subset of selected data files through an online survey documentation and analysis program
  • Assistance in the recovery and use of files obtained from the archive

The National Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families 

The Center recently launched a series of data reports and interactive tools  that facilitate the access and use of existing large-scale datasets to examine relevant questions of early child care policies and education in  low-income Hispanic households.

The Families’ Utilization of Early Care and Education interactive data tool allows users to examine the use of early education and care preferences among Hispanic families, separately for each dataset. It gives researchers the ability to further explore national surveys and determine which ones include questions about the number of arrangements, the type of provider, financial assistance, and more.

The Early Care and Education Search and Decision-Making interactive data tool allows users to evaluate the preferences and priorities, as well as the search process and decision-making involving early care and education among Hispanic families, separately for each dataset. It gives researchers the ability to delve quickly and efficiently into different national surveys and determine which ones include questions about the variables of interest, such as satisfaction with options, access barriers, ECE search difficulties, and more.

The Unpacking Hispanic Diversity interactive data tool allows users to evaluate the diversity of Hispanic populations, separately for each dataset, giving them the ability to further explore national surveys and determine which include questions about citizenship, literacy, heritage, and many others.

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS)

The ECLS program includes three longitudinal studies that examine child development, school readiness, and early school experiences, as described below. This program provides national data on the status of children followed from birth and throughout various points in their lives; their transitions to non-family care; early education programs; school; and their experiences and development until they reach the 8th grade. The program also provides data to analyze the relationships between a wide range of family, school, community, and individual variables with children's development, early learning, and school performance.

The ECLS Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) was designed to provide policy makers, researchers, child care providers, teachers, and parents detailed information on the experiences of children's early life. The data collected for the ECLS-B focus on the health, development, care, and education of children during the formative years from birth to kindergarten entry.

A set of variables from the 9-month data collection of ECLS-B is available to the general public in the Data Analysis System (DAS). DAS is an online tool that allows users to create tables of weighted estimates, calculate t-tests, and produce correlation matrices for use in linear regression analysis. The DAS website has links to an online tutorial and a guide to help users navigate through the application and produce the desired tables.

The ECLS Kindergarten Class 1998-1999 (ECLS-K) focuses on early school experiences, beginning with kindergarten and following the children to middle school. ECLS-K data provides descriptive information about the status of children upon entering and transitioning to school, and their progression to 8th grade. The longitudinal nature of the ECLS-K data allows researchers to study how a wide range of family, school, community, and individual factors relate to school performance.

Documentation and public use data for a complete sample of kindergarten through eighth grade is now available. This K-8 longitudinal data file includes all published data for all cases that participated in the study, including those that became non surveyed sometime after kindergarten. This is the only file needed for the analysis of publicly available data for any round of data collection from


The ECLS Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011 (ECLS-K: 2011)  is sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the United States Department of Education. In addition, the study benefits from its association and sponsorship by several additional federal agencies. The study is also available to many professional organizations in education.

Broad in scope and coverage of child development, early learning, and school progress, the ECLS-K: 2011 gathers information from multiple sources regarding children's early school experiences, from kindergarten through fifth grade. ECLS-K: 2011 provides descriptive information on the status of children upon entering and transitioning to school, and their progression through elementary grades. The longitudinal nature of the ECLS-K: 2011 data allows researchers to study how a wide range of family, school, community, and individual factors relate to school performance.

Round of Data Collection Dates of Data Collection Date of Release/ Tentative Date of Release
Fall/Kindergarten August 2010 to December 2010 July 2013 (restricted data)

April 2015 (public data)

Spring/ Kindergarten March 2011 to June 2011 July 2013 (restricted data)

April 2015 (public data)

Fall/First Grade August 2011 to December 2011 November 2014 (restricted data)

April 2015 (public data)

Spring/First Grade March 2012 to June 2012 November 2014 (restricted data)

April 2015 (public data)

Fall/Second Grade August 2012 to December 2012 July 2015 (restricted data)

Fall 2016 (public data)

Spring/Second Grade March 2013 to June 2013 July 2015 (restricted data)

Fall 2016 (public data)

Spring/Third Grade March 2014 to June 2014 Fall 2016 (restricted data)

Fall 2017 (public data; released with

fourth grade data)

Spring/Fourth Grade March 2015 to June 2015 Summer 2017 (restricted data)

Fall 2017 (public data)

Spring/Fifth Grade March 2016 to June 2016 Summer 2018 (restricted data)

Fall 2018 (public data)

PhenX Toolkit

The PhenX Toolkit (consensus measures for virtual phenotypes and exposures) is a free, web-based catalog of recommended standard measures of environmental phenotypes and exposures for use in biomedical research. PhenX measures can be used to expand the design of a study beyond the main research approach.

The PhenX Toolkit offers well-established and widely validated measures of phenotypes and relevant exposures for researchers in human genomics, epidemiology, and biomedical research. The measures in the Toolkit are selected by working groups of experts in the domain through a consensus process. The Toolkit provides detailed protocols and information on the measures and tools to help researchers incorporate PhenX measurements into their studies. The inclusion of PhenX measures facilitates the analysis of cross-down studies, which increases the scientific impact of each individual study.

The National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)

The NAHDAP  acquires, preserves, and disseminates data relevant to drug addiction and HIV research. The scope of the data hosted in NAHDAP encompasses a wide range of legal and illegal drugs (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, synthetic drugs, and others). It also covers the trajectories, patterns, and consequences of drug use, as well as predictors and related outcomes. By preserving and providing easy access to a library of electronic data on drug addiction and HIV infection in the United States, NAHDAP offers academics the opportunity to conduct a secondary analysis on major issues of social and behavioral sciences and public policies.

The research community benefits when researchers can use data from original research projects to test conclusions by verifying, refining, or refuting published findings. The exchange of data through NAHDAP encourages the development and testing of new conclusions, since data collected for a specific purpose can be used to make inquiries that were not addressed by the original researchers.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Data Share 

NIDA Data Share is an electronic environment that allows data from completed clinical trials to be distributed to researchers and the public to promote new research, encourage further analyses, and disseminate information to the community.

Secondary analyses produced from the exchange of data multiply the scientific contribution of the original research. The NIH expects and supports the timely publication and exchange of final research data from the studies it supports. Its use by other researchers accelerates the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health. This program was created to make NIDA clinical trial data available to the widest possible audience. As studies are completed and their data becomes available, the page is updated, and the data becomes accessible to its users.

National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III (NESARC-III)

NESARC-III was sponsored, designed, and directed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). NESARC-III is a nationally representative, cross-sectional survey of the civilian noninstitutional adult (person aged 18 or older) population of the United States. The field work was carried out by Westat through a contract under the authorization of data collection of Title 42 USC 285n. Using the NIAAA Alcohol Use Disorders and Associated Disabilities Interview Program (AUDADIS-5), NESARC-III collected information regarding alcohol and drug use and disorders in the DSM-5, related risk factors, and associated physical and mental disabilities. In addition, DNA was obtained through saliva samples. The final sample size was 36,309 and included people living in households and select noninstitutional group quarters.

Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System (PDAPS)

PDAPS is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to track key state laws related to prescription drug abuse. The page allows you to click on any subject area to reach an interactive page where you can research the history and characteristics of a law or download data and other documentation for research.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Alcohol Policy Information System


APIS provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related state and federal policies in the United States. Detailed state-by-state information is available for the 35 alcohol-related policies listed on

the website. APIS also provides a variety of informational resources of interest to alcohol policy researchers and others involved in alcohol policy.

Policy Surveillance Program (PSP)

The objective of the PSP is to increase the use of policy monitoring and legal mapping as tools to improve the health of the nation. Researchers, policy makers, public health professionals, and the media are recognizing the need to access reliable

information about laws and policies that influence public health.

Legal mapping can help policy makers, advocates, and researchers understand the laws concerning any given topic and how they differ over time and across jurisdictions, as well as obtain data to assess their impact. On the PSP website, you can access maps, tables, data, and reports that describe the current state of health laws and how they have changed over time. Health is affected by a wide range of laws and policies. Search by public health issue or alphabetically to find legal maps and start exploring the law.

You can search for laws in the following categories (which include subcategories): alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; chronic illness; environmental health; food safety; communication in health and information technology; health services; prevention and control of infectious diseases; injury and violence prevention; maternal and child health; mental health and mental disorders; occupational safety and health; oral health; public health infrastructure; and the social determinants of health and health disparities.

NIH Data Sharing Repositories 

These data repositories are compatible with NIH (including some of those listed elsewhere on the page) and make the data accessible for its reuse. Most accept appropriate data shipments from NIH-funded researchers and others, but some restrict the sending of data only to those researchers involved in a specific research network. Also included are resources that collect information on biomedical data and information exchange systems. The lists of data repositories can be sorted by name and corresponding NIH institute or center. You can also search by typing in keywords which will allow you to find more relevant repositories for your data. Links to information about sending data and accessing data from the repositories listed are provided. You can find additional information about repositories and contact points on the websites of the individual repositories.

United States Census Bureau

The mission of the United States Census Bureau is to serve as the primary source of quality data on the people and economy of the nation. Its tools and data page provides information on the use of interactive applications to obtain statistics from multiple surveys. The survey topics include housing; economic and social factors; county business patterns; groupings of occupations by race, ethnicity, and sex; migratory flows; health insurance of small areas; and income and poverty level estimates, among many others.

Child Trends

Child Trends is the nation's leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and perspectives of children, youth, and their families. To achieve this goal, it conducts high quality research and shares the resulting knowledge with professionals and policy makers. The organization's online database allows you to search for a wide variety of indicators.

Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center includes a robust group of datasets on the following topics:

Click on a link in the list above to access the topic of your interest. Next, click on "Datasets" or "Data" in the menu at the top of the page. You will see a list of the datasets available for download, along with links to the reports already published from that data. Pew Research Center staff is available to answer questions and provide limited assistance to import and analyze data.

Contact info

Dr. Marcos Reyes Estrada
Acting coordinator
787-725-6500, ext.1564

Administrative assistant:
Mónica Cruz Ramos
787-725-6500, ext. 1045

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