Larry Palinkas, PhD, Affiliated Faculty
Dr. Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health in The School of Social Work at The University of Southern California. He also holds secondary appointments as professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Palinkas is an expert in the mental health aspects of extreme environments and situations, and has been engaged in studies that focus on cultural influences on health disparities, health services utilization, and health behavior. He has conducted studies of childhood obesity in Mexico and is currently a co-investigator on two UCSD-based studies focused on HIV/AIDS prevention in Mexico, one study examining HIV/AIDS risk and development of interventions for disease prevention in female sex workers and their non-commercial partners in Tijuana and Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, and another study of implementation of a psychoeducational prevention intervention for HIV prevention in female sex workers throughout Mexico. He is also engaged in studies of implementation of evidence-based treatment of depression in low-income migrant populations in the United States.