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Sonya Arreola ph.d.

Sonya is a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist by training, with expertise in community-based participatory action research and advocacy focused on the sexual health of sexually and ethnically marginalized groups.

Dr. Arreola’s research has focused on examining and reducing social and health inequalities that contribute to higher rates of HIV infections among marginalized populations, both nationally and internationally. Her current projects include: a mixed methods study on the environmental factors that impact the sexual health of migrant day laborers in California; and a global mixed methods study examining the enablers of access to HIV services as well development of a sexual health theory among gay men and other men who have sex with men.

Across all these activities, she participates as a researcher, advisor, educator, human rights advocate and steadfast student. She currently serves as a faculty/mentor on the Visiting Professors program at UCSF; and as Senior Research Advisor at the Global Forum on MSM and HIV.