Alida Bouris

Alida Bouris

Associate Professor, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

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Alida Bouris is an Associate Professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Her research focuses on the relationship between social context and adolescent health, with a particular emphasis on understanding how parents and families can help prevent HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancies among marginalized youth aged 10-24 years old. The overall goal of Dr. Bouris's research agenda is to develop effective interventions that capitalize on the strengths of families and other supportive persons in the lives of young people. Within this area, she focuses on (1) heterosexual Latino and African American youth, who are disproportionately affected by STIs and unplanned pregnancies, and (2) Latino and African American youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), with a special emphasis on young cisgender men and transgender women, who carry the highest global burdens of HIV. In addition, she studies the social-contextual factors associated with poor mental health among LGBTQ youth of color, and how structural inequalities and co-occurring psychosocial problems are linked to health.

Alida Bouris is an Associate Professor in the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Her research focuses on the relationship between social context and adolescent health, with a particular emphasis on understanding how parents and families can help prevent HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancies among marginalized youth aged 10-24 years old. The overall goal of Dr. Bouris's research agenda is to develop effective interventions that capitalize on the strengths of families and other supportive persons in the lives of young people. Within this area, she focuses on (1) heterosexual Latino and African American youth, who are disproportionately affected by STIs and unplanned pregnancies, and (2) Latino and African American youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), with a special emphasis on young cisgender men and transgender women, who carry the highest global burdens of HIV. In addition, she studies the social-contextual factors associated with poor mental health among LGBTQ youth of color, and how structural inequalities and co-occurring psychosocial problems are linked to health.  

Prior to joining Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, Professor Bouris was a post-doctoral research scientist at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She also served as a social worker on a number of family-based research projects working with parents and adolescents in New York, NY. As part of this work, she provided clinical, psychosocial, and intervention services to parents on how to help their adolescent children avoid unintended pregnancies, STIs, and HIV. 

Professor Bouris received a PhD, MPhil, and MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.