Contact Information

Associate Professor
San Diego Stat University
School of Social Work
Hepner Hall #119
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4119
United States of America

Office (619) 594-6859

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2007


Maria Luisa Zuniga, PhD

Antoniette Maldonado-Devincci, PhD, MA


PhD UC San Diego/SDSU
MA UC San Diego
BA (Biology and Health Sciences)

Research Statement

Access to care, migration and health, substance use and mental health, HIV prevention, medication adherence, transnational research

About Me

María Luisa (‘Mari’) Zúñiga, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work. She is an epidemiologist who conducts Community-Based Participatory Research to study the intersection of alcohol and drug use, mental health, sexual risk behaviors and self-care practices that contribute to poor health among diverse, vulnerable populations. Dr. Zúñiga specializes in the health of populations living in the U.S.-Mexico border region and in transnational health. She has worked extensively with Latinos living with HIV, U.S. Latino immigrant populations, and international and domestic migrants and their families in the U.S. and Mexico. Ongoing research on substance use, migration and health (PI: Zúñiga, Health Initiative of the Americas) indicates changes in mental health and drug and alcohol use practices in the context of migration and family separation among Latino immigrants from Yucatán, México. Dr. Zúñiga maintains strong research ties and student training collaborations in the states of Yucatán and Baja California, México.


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Recent Publications

Espinoza R, Martinez I, Levin M, Rodriguez A, Chan T, Goldenberg S, Zúñiga ML. Cultural Perceptions and Negotiations Surrounding Sexual and Reproductive Health among Migrant and Non-Migrant Indigenous Mexican Women from Yucatán, Mexico. Accepted August 2013. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-013-9904-7

Muñoz FA, Servin AE, Garfein RS, Ojeda VD, Rangel Gomez, G, Zúñiga ML. Deportation history among HIV-positive Latinos in two U.S.-Mexico border communities. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Accepted, June 2013.

Pinedo, M, Kang Sim, E, Espinoza, RA, Zúñiga, ML. Internal migration and correlates of substance use in a community of indigenous Maya from Yucatán, Mexico. Field ACTions Science Reports. Accepted, Feb 2013.

Wagner KD, Moynihan MJ, Strathdee SA, Cuevas-Mota J, Clark M, Zúñiga ML, Volkmann TA, Teshale E, Garfein RS. The social and environmental context of cross-border drug use in Mexico: findings from a mixed methods study of young injection drug users living in San Diego, CA. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2012;11(4):362-78. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2012.735182.

Zúñiga ML.  Border Health. In Loue, S and Sajatovic M (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. (Vol. 2, p. 299-305). London: Springer, 2012. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_92.