Elizabeth Aparicio, PhD, LCSW-C
Elizabeth Aparicio, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Behavioral and Community Health department in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She is the deputy director for clinical training and intervention for the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center, which aims to improve mental health and wellbeing among LGBTQ communities. Dr. Aparicio directs the Community THRIVES Lab, a research group that conducts Community-engaged Transformative Health Research at the Intersection of family Violence, Early childhood, and adolescent Sexual health intervention. She is a clinically licensed social worker and community-engaged scholar whose work aims to improve health equity through informing and testing mental health and sexual and reproductive health interventions for trauma-affected and marginalized children, youth, and families. Using a trauma-informed care and reproductive justice framework, Dr. Aparicio has particular expertise in addressing the mental health and sexual and reproductive health needs of youth in and formerly in foster care and youth experiencing homelessness. Her research has been funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, NIH, CDC, and U.S. HHS Office of Population Affairs. Follow Dr. Aparicio on Twitter at @DrLizAparicio and @commTHRIVESLab.