Max C. E. Orezzoli, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Sociology (Medical) specializing in health and quantitative analysis at Florida Memorial University. Dr. Orezzoli has 15 years of experience in minority health disparities research focusing on infectious diseases like HIV and HCV, nutrition, violence, and Substance Use Disorders (SUD), and how these areas intersect. Additionally, Dr. Orezzoli has provided experimental and instrument design, data collection trainings, evaluation, statistical and methodological consulting and assistance to institutions, biomedical, educational, and healthcare organizations. His expertise and research interests are centered on transdisciplinary and translational public health and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) interventions that positively impact the health of underrepresented communities regionally, nationally and internationally.
Currently, Dr. Orezzoli serves as a board member on the Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research at the University of Florida. The Consortium conducts, shares, and supports research on the effects of medical marijuana on health conditions and symptoms in the State of Florida. Moreover, Dr. Orezzoli created a Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare, as well as, a Data Analytics certificate for Florida Memorial University in which the bachelor’s degree was granted approval by SACS-COC. Dr. Orezzoli is bilingual and fluent in Spanish, and has extensive experience in formative and summative program evaluation using quantitative and qualitative methods which are regionally and culturally appropriate. He has served as an evaluator on several Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants addressing HIV and SUD in Black, Hispanic, and Native American communities. Dr. Orezzoli is well equipped to conduct research involving human participants and, addressing sensitive issues/topics of focus (medical marijuana, diet research, HIV, SUD, violence, etc.) while adhering to all confidentiality and privacy requirements. Dr. Orezzoli currently serves as the Co-chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Florida Memorial University.