UM Faculty

Guillermo Prado
Dean Graduate School, OSC

Dr. Guillermo (Willy) Prado is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Dean of the Graduate School; and Professor of Nursing and Health Studies, Public Health Sciences, and Psychology at the University of Miami. Previously, he was Miller Professor and Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami.

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, he is the Associate Dean for Hemispheric and Global Initiatives, 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

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.

Denise Vidot

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

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.