Contact Information

Associate Professor
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program
California School of Professional Psychology
Alliant International University
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131-1799

Office 858-635-4586

Research Keywords
  • HIV Prevention
  • Gender-based violence
  • Substance use
  • Latinos/as
  • Sex workers
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2007


Monica Ulibarri, Ph.D.

Monica Ulibarri, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.A., Arizona State University
B.A., Claremont McKenna College


Research Statement

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.

About Me

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.

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Recent Publications

  1. Palinkas, L. A., Robertson, A.M., Syvertsen, J.S., Hernandez, D.O., Ulibarri, M.D., Rangel, M.G., Martinez, G., Strathdee, S.A. (2015). Measuring current drug use in female sex workers and their non-commercial partners in Mexico:  Concordance between data collected from surveys versus semi-structured interviews. Substance Use and Misuse. 2015 Dec 18:1-11 [Epub ahead of print]. 
  2. Bazzi, A.R., Syvertsen, J.L., Rolon, M.L., Martinez, G., Rangel, G., Vera, A., Amaro, H., Ulibarri, M.D., Hernandez, D.O., Strathdee, S.A. (2016). Social and structural challenges to drug cessation among couples in Northern Mexico: Implications for drug treatment in underserved communities. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2016 Feb; 61: 26-33 [Epub 2015 Sep 21].
  3. **Lindsay, R.P., Roesch, S., Strathdee, S.A., Rangel, G., Staines, H., Abramovitz, D., Ulibarri, M.D., Rusch, M.L. (in press). Correlates of unprotected sex by client type among female sex workers who inject drugs along the Northern Mexico border. International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research.
  4. Conners, E.E., Silverman, J.G., Ulibarri, M.D., Magis-Rodriguez, C., Strathdee, S.A., Staines-Orozco, H., Patterson, T.L., Brouwer, K.C. (in press). Structural determinants of client perpetrated violence among female sex workers in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. AIDS and Behavior.
  5. Seidman, D., Rusch, M., Abramovitz, D., Stockman, J., Martinez, G., Rangel, G., Vera, A., Ulibarri, M.D., Strathdee, S.A. (in press). Intravaginal practices among female sex workers along the U.S.-Mexico border: Implications for emerging HIV prevention methods. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
  6. Daniel-Ulloa, J., Ulibarri, M.D., Baquero, B., Sleeth, C., Harig, H., Rhodes, S.D. (in press). Behavioral HIV prevention interventions among Latinas in the U.S.: A systematic review of the evidence. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.