Last updated on: 1/18/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Margarita Alegría, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) at Cambridge Health Alliance
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Little is known about the psychological status of sex workers, partly as a result of the difficulty of recruiting such individuals given the stigmatization they experience and the coercive actions taken against them.”

American Journal of Public Health, Dec. 1994

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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR), Cambridge Health Alliance, 2002-present
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 2002-present
  • Vice Chair, AcademyHealth, 2007
  • Mental Health Section Award, American Public Health Association (APHA), 2003
  • President’s Award as Distinguished Investigator, University of Puerto Rico, 2002
  • Director, Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Research, University of Puerto Rico, 1988-2002
  • Professor, University of Puerto Rico, 1987-2002
  • President’s Award in Arts and Humanities, University of Puerto Rico, 2001
  • President’s Award in Science and Technology, University of Puerto Rico, 2000
  • Twenty Most Distinguished Women in Puerto Rico (Contributions to Health), El Nuevo Día, 1996
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society, Georgetown University, 1978
Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, Temple University, 1989
  • MA, Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, 1982
  • BA, Psychology, Georgetown University, 1978
Other:
  • None found