Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.


Center Director
Administrative Core Co-Director



Dr. Rotheram-Borus has spent the past 30 years developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based interventions for children and families. She has worked extensively with adolescents, especially those at risk for substance abuse, HIV, homelessness, depression, suicide, and long-term unemployment. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has directed and implemented several landmark intervention studies that have demonstrated the benefits of providing behavior change programs and support to families in risky situations. Several of these programs have received national and international recognition, including designation as model programs by the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, Dr. Rotheram-Borus has ongoing projects in Uganda, China, and South Africa, as well as the United States. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has authored or co-authored more than 300 journal articles, including publications in Science, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the American Journal of Public Health. She has received more than 70+ grants from the National Institute of Health to design prevention programs for children and families at high risk for HIV, mental health problems, suicide, and substance abuse. In 2005, Science identified her as number two of the top-funded NIH multi-grant recipients; she was the only woman in the top ten.


B.A., Psychology, 1971
University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA

M.A., Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1977
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


Research and Interests:
Child and maternal health, adolescents, families.


Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram CV (6)