Contact Information

Assistant Professor
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
College of Health Sciences
Department of Public Health Sciences
500 W. University Ave. Rm. 405
El Paso, TX 79968
(915) 747-7232

OLoza@UTEP.edu

 

Research Keywords
  • U.S.-Mexico border
  • Substance abuse
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV and STIs
  • Migrants
  • Transgender Women
  • Marginalized populations
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2006

 

Oralia Loza, PhD, MA

Oralia Loza, PhD, MA

 

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody” Mother Teresa

 

Education

Ph.D. in Public Health and Epidemiology, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University
M.A. in Applied Statistics, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.S. in Mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Statement

Oralia Loza graduated from the University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University, Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Epidemiology, in 2009. Her dissertation was entitled “Factors Associated with Early Initiation Into Sex Work and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among Female Sex Workers in Two Mexico-U.S. Border Cities”. Her doctoral training initiated her commitment to U.S.-Mexico border health. She is currently at the University of Texas at El Paso, situated on the U.S.-Mexico border, and focusing her research in substance abuse and risks for Hepatitis C, HIV, and STIs among migrants, transgender women, and other marginalized populations.

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Recent Publications

Moya, E. M., Loza, O., Lusk, M. W. (2012). Border Health: Inequities, Social Determinants & the Case of Tuberculosis and HIV. In Lusk, M., Staudt, K., Moya, E. (Ed.), Border Health: Health Inequities, Social Determinants and the Case of Tuberculosis and HIV (pp. 161-178). Springer Science.

Loza, O., Patterson, T. L., Rusch, M., Martinez, G., Lozada, R., Staines-Orozco, H., Magis-Rodriguez, C., Strathdee, S. A. (2010). Drug-related behaviors independently associated with Syphilis infection among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Addiction Journal, 105(8), 1448-56.

Loza, O., Strathdee, S. A., Martinez, G., Lozada, R., Ojeda, V. D., Staines-Orozco, H., Patterson, T. L. (2010). Risk factors associated with chlamydia and gonorrhoea infection among female sex workers in two Mexico-USA border cities. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 21(7), 460-465.

Loza, O., Strathdee, S. A., Lozada, R., Staines-Orozco, H., Ojeda, V. D., Martinez, G. A., Amaro, H., Patterson, T. L. (2010). Correlates of early versus later initiation into sex work in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(1), 37-44.

Volkow, P., Brouwer, K. C., Loza, O., Ramos, R. L., Lozada, R., Garfein, R. S., Magis-Rodriguez, C., Firestone-Cruz, M., Strathdee, S. A. (2009). Cross-border paid plasma donation among injection drug users in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. International Journal of Drug Policy, 20(5), 409-12.