Sonia Alemagno

Sonia Alemagno, Ph.D

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PhD, Medical Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 1991; MA, Sociology, Kent State University, 1984.

Dr. Alemagno joined Kent State University after having spent the past 10 years at the University of Akron. Her most recent roles at the University of Akron were as director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy and chair of the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies. Dr. Alemagno received the University of Akron Outstanding Researcher Award in 2005. Dr. Alemagno has focused her research on substance abuse and HIV/STD prevention, particularly examining public health services delivered within criminal justice settings such as prisons and detention centers. As principle investigator, she has been awarded more than $5 million in funded research from agencies that include the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, HIV/STD Prevention, Drug abuse, Public Health, Health Policy, Healthcare administration, Prevention, homelessnes

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Healthy Communities Research Initiative