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Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW, ACSW, NCTTP

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Social Work, University of South Carolina, MSW, University of Michigan, BA, Psychology, University of San Francisco

(973) 972-6555

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Dr. Valera is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and also an Affiliated Faculty in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. Dr. Valera earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work. She completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in human immunodeficiency virus prevention and human sexuality from Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and a one-year clinical fellowship in cancer health disparities from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has sustained several years of NIH-funded research in cancer health disparities among men with criminal justice histories at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on developing cancer health education programs for studying cancer prevention and smoking cessation among men involved in the criminal justice system.

In addition, Dr. Valera is a certified tobacco treatment specialist and the co-chair/co-founder of the Bronx Reentry Working Group, a coalition of returning citizens, friends, and family members supporting each other through community reintegration.

Selected Recent Publications: 

See vita for publication list. 

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