UM Faculty

Guillermo Prado
Dean Graduate School, OSC

Guillermo “Willy” Prado, the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and the director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine, was appointed dean of the Graduate School in February 2016.

As dean, Prado works in partnership with the deans of the schools and colleges to support and develop strategies for attracting the next generation of scientists and researchers to graduate education at the University of Miami.

He specifically manages the process of external program reviews and new program proposals, oversees the selection process for University of Miami graduate fellowships, chairs the Graduate Council meetings, and meets regularly with graduate program directors, among other duties.

Johis Ortega
Principal Investigator

Dr. Ortega is a valued undergraduate lecturer, director of undergraduate clinical placement and director of international programs at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. He holds a BSN, MSN, and PhD from the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. He teaches Adult Health III, Role Transition, Pathophysiology, Leadership and Management, International Health “Transcultural Nursing”, Across Life Span, Leadership and Management, and Adult Medical Surgical.

Karina Gattamorta
Program Director

Karina Gattamorta is a Research Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami. She earned her PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation in 2009 from The School of Education at UM and an EdS in School Psychology in 2005 from Florida International University. In her current role, she teaches courses in introductory and intermediate statistics, measurement, and research methods in both graduate and undergraduate programs.

Eric Brown
Mentor

Dr. Eric C. Brown, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science and Community Health where he directs the Implementation Science track for the Department’s Ph.D. program in Prevention Science. Dr. Brown works on the development, implementation, and testing of community- and school-based preventive interventions in the United States and in Latin America.

Rosina Cianelli
Mentor

Dr. Rosina Cianelli is an Associate Professor, and Director of the MSN-DNP Program at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She earned her BSN in Nurse Midwifery from Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, where she later served as a professor at the Escuela de Enfermeria; earned a Master of Public Health at the Universidad de Chile; and earned her PhD in Nursing at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Cianelli’s clinical specialty is in midwifery; she teaches and conducts research in women’s health, health disparities, and international health. Dr. Cianelli also studies HIV prevention and was the recipient of a Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research traineeship at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Natalia Villegas
Mentor

Dr. Villegas is a bilingual nurse that holds Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She completed a PhD in Nursing at the University of Miami. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at El Centro, Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, University of Miami. Also, she is a Registered Nurse, licensed in the State of Florida and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and health Studies.

Denise Vidot
Mentor

Dr. Denise C. Vidot is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Vidot is a trained Epidemiologist with analytical, design, and implementation experience in substance use and cardiometabolic disease risk research fields. She has designed epidemiological investigations and has over 7 years of experience working with diverse groups including Hispanics, African Americans, children, and under-served populations.

John Clochesy
Mentor

Dr. Clochesy’s nursing education and research experience spans 40 years with experiences in Wisconsin, Arizona, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.  He has served as a visiting professor in Taiwan, Wales, and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  He has more than 100 publications including award winning books: Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, and Critical Care Nursing.  He is a reviewer for multiple journals and was the founding Editor of AACN Clinical Issues in Critical Care Nursing (now AACN Advanced Critical Care).  His current research involves providing virtual support and digital therapeutics by developing and testing serious games for health.