Comorbidity: Depression and Substance Abuse

  • María Elena Medina-Mora
  • Estela Rojas Guiot
  • Guilherme Borges
  • Lucía Vázquez-Pérez
  • Clara Fleiz Bautista
  • Tania Real Quintanar
Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL, volume 8)

Personal Journey: María Elena Medina-Mora

I was finishing a degree in psychology and uncertain as to the area in which to specialize when an instructor encouraged me to intern at the Mexican Center of Studies in Drug Dependence. This newly created center was responsible for developing programs to address the increase of drug use in Mexico and develop policy recommendations. This experience enabled me to work on the frontier of science between drug policy and drug treatment.

Over time, the center was incorporated into the Mexican National Institute of Psychiatry and became a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborative Center. This resulted in my working with the Addiction Research Center of Canada and the Alcohol Research Group in California, in particular with Robin Room, with whom I have kept a fruitful and ongoing collaboration. With Robin’s encouragement, I embraced a social epidemiological approach. Presently, I am interested in studying drug behavior from a system’s perspective...


Substance Abuse Anxiety Disorder Latin American Country Substance Misuse Latino Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Elena Medina-Mora
    • 1
  • Estela Rojas Guiot
  • Guilherme Borges
  • Lucía Vázquez-Pérez
  • Clara Fleiz Bautista
  • Tania Real Quintanar
  1. 1.Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria Ramon de la FuenteDepartment of Epidemiology and Psychosocial ResearchColonia San Lorenzo Huipulco, Delegacion Tlalpan14370 Mexico

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