Monica D. Ulibarri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC: 0849
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone #: (619) 543-5051
Fax #: (619) 574-1057

Dr. Ulibarri received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Claremont McKenna College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Dr. Ulibarri received a NIMH Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. Dr. Ulibarri also received postdoctoral training in UCSD’s Division of Global Public Health. Her current research is funded by a NIDA K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award entitled “Dyad-level Predictors of HIV Risk among High-risk Couples in Tijuana, Mexico.”

Research Focus
Dr. Ulibarri’s research focuses on HIV prevention in Latino/a communities, with an emphasis on how gender based violence, mental health, and substance use intersect with HIV risk behaviors. She is currently conducting a study on how individual- and relationship-level factors such as psychological distress (e.g., depression and posttraumatic stress disorder), substance use, intimate partner violence, and sexual relationship power are associated with HIV risk behaviors among female sex workers and their non-commercial, steady intimate partners in Mexico.

Clinical and Teaching Focus
Dr. Ulibarri is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy with Spanish-speaking individuals, couples, and families. She is a clinical supervisor for 2nd year practicum students in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Program in Clinical Psychology. In the past, Dr. Ulibarri has taught undergraduate courses in Culture and Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Careers in Psychology, and Introduction to Psychology at San Diego State University and Arizona State University.

Selected Publications
Ulibarri, M.D., Strathdee, S.A., Lozada, R., Staines-Orozco, H.S., Abramovitz, D., Semple, S.J., Martinez, G., Patterson, T.L., (in press). Condom use among female sex workers and their non-commercial partners: Effects of a sexual risk intervention in two Mexican cities. International Journal of STD & AIDS.

Ulibarri M.D., Strathdee S.A., Lozada R., Magis-Rodríguez C., Amaro H., O’Campo P., Patterson T.L. (in press). Prevalence and correlates of client-perpetrated violence among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Violence Against Women.

Ulibarri M.D., Strathdee S.A., Ulloa, E.C., Lozada R., Fraga M., Magis-Rodríguez C., De La Torre A., Amaro H., O’Campo P., Patterson T.L. (2011).  Injection drug use as a mediator between client-perpetrated abuse and HIV status among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. AIDS and Behavior, 15(1), 179-185.

Ulibarri M.D., Strathdee S.A., Lozada, R., Magis-Rodríguez, C., Amaro, H., O’Campo, P., Patterson, T.L. (2010). Intimate partner violence among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities: Partner characteristics and HIV risk-behaviors as correlates of abuse. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(4), 318-325.

Ulibarri, M.D., Strathdee, S.A., Patterson, T.L. (2010) Sexual and drug use behaviors associated with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in the Mexico-U.S. border region. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 23(3), 215-220.

Ulibarri., M.D., Semple, S.J., Rao, S., Strathdee, S.A., Fraga-Vallejo, M.A., Bucardo, J., De La Torre, A., Salazar-Reyna, J., Orozovich, P., Staines-Orozco, H.S., Amaro, H., Magis-Rodriquez, C., & Patterson, T.L. (2009).  History of abuse and psychological distress symptoms among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Violence and Victims, 24(3), 399-413..

Ulibarri, M.D., Ulloa, E.C., & Camacho, L. (2009).  Prevalence of sexually abusive experiences in childhood and adolescence among a community sample of Latinas: a descriptive study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 18(4), 405-421.



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