Dr. Fernando A. Wagner is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He is interested in the development of methods, knowledge, and community-based participatory interventions promoting wellness and public mental health and has led research in the US and Mexico for over 35 years. Dr. Wagner earned his Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Mental Hygiene, 1999), where he also completed a year of postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology (2000), and a Master of Public Health (1993). He has received important awards, such as the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (1992-93), the Morton Kramer Award (Johns Hopkins University, 1998), the WHO/CPDD/NIDA International Award (2002); as well Faculty of the Year (2007,) Investigator of the Year (2008), and the Golden Apple Award (2010) during his tenure at Morgan State University from 2002 to 2017. Inducted to the National Public Health Honor Society (2007), he is the first author or coauthor in prestigious scientific journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Neuropsychopharmacology, the American Journal of Epidemiology, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Addictions, and Preventive Medicine.


Dr. Wagner is a member of the following professional organizations:

· College of Problems of Drug Dependence
· American Public Health Association
· Maryland Public Health Association
· National Hispanic Science Network

Expertise & Interests

  • Development of Methods
  • Community-participatory Interventions Promoting Wellness and Public Mental Health

MPH, DS; Johns Hopkins University

Recent Publications

Gonzalez-Forteza C, Juarez-Lopez CE, Jimenez A, Montejo-Leon L, Wagner FA (2017). Suicide behaviors and associated factors in Campeche, Mexico. Prev Med. 2017 Sep 13. pii: S0091-7435(17)30334-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.09.011

Noonan AS, Velasco-Mondragon HE, Wagner FA (2016). Improving the health of African Americans in the USA: an overdue opportunity for social justice. Public Health Reviews, October 3; 37:12.