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Cynthia L. Rowe, Ph.D.

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Cynthia L. Rowe, Ph.D.


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  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Health Services Research & Policy


Research Interests

• Families
• Adolescents
• Substance Abuse
• Systemic Interventions
• Treatment Effectiveness
• Intervention Implementation


1998 Ph.D.
Temple University
1992 B.A.
State University of New York at Buffalo



Cynthia Rowe, Ph.D. is Research Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (CTRADA). Since 1994, she has contributed to the Center’s work to refine, test, and disseminate family-based interventions for adolescents with delinquency, substance abuse, and related problems. She works actively to promote the translation of research findings into practice, and to train clinical providers to implement Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). Currently, she is PI of a grant from NIAAA to conduct a randomized clinical trial of two innovative family interventions for youth identified with alcohol problems. She was Co-PI of the Florida Research Center of NIDA’s CJDATS collaborative, helping to design and test an innovative cross-systems version of MDFT with integrated HIV prevention delivered to detained youth. She was PI of a NIDA-funded R01 investigating the long-term effects of this integrative MDFT “Detention to Community” drug abuse and HIV prevention intervention. She was also integrally involved in a multisite randomized controlled trial of MDFT in 5 countries in Western Europe (Rowe et al, 2013). She was also PI of a NIDA-funded randomized clinical trial examining the effects of MDFT for clinically referred youth in Greater New Orleans impacted by Hurricane Katrina. She has been a peer reviewer of health services research grants for NIH since 2006. In addition to contributing peer reviewed research and clinical articles, she co-edited a comprehensive volume dedicated to treatment research on adolescent substance abuse (Liddle & Rowe, 2006).