Dr. Victoria Ojeda

Victoria Ojeda 

Victoria D. Ojeda, Assistant Professor, has focused for more than ten years, on the health of underserved and vulnerable populations, including immigrants, Latinos, women and children. She has published on health services issues including access to health insurance coverage, utilization of health and mental health services, and the financing of health care. Prior research also includes international collaborations with investigators in Mexico and the Netherlands. Dr. Ojeda’s current research focuses on substance use, HIV/AIDS, and mental health comorbidities, with a focus on migrant populations, including injection drug users and female sex workers. In addition, Dr. Ojeda also teaches in the UCSD-SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Global Public Health. 

Dr. Ojeda has been appointed as UC San Diego’s Campus Director for the UC multi-campus MS degree program in Global Health. The MS Program in Global Health is being developed under the auspices of the UC Global Health Institute. UC Riverside and UC Davis are also participating in this program which is expected to enroll its first cohort in Fall, 2015. The UCSD Campus will specialize in Migration and Health issues. Dr. Ojeda will help oversee the submission and review of the multi-campus proposal and direct the logistics, curriculum development, and recruitment and admission of prospective students to the proposed MS program at UC San Diego.

Dr. Ojeda holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Brandeis University and she obtained her MPH and PhD in Community Health Sciences from the School of Public Health at UCLA. Dr. Ojeda completed a NIMH Post-doctoral fellowship in Mental Health Policy at the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School.


Selected Publications:

  1. Ojeda VD, Burgos JL, Hiller S, Lozada R, Rangel G, Vera A, Artamonova I, Magis Rodriguez C. Circular migration by Tijuana female sex workers who are IDUs: Implications for HIV and drug use in sending communities. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Aug 11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:21833727
  2. Robertson AM, Rangel, MG, Lozada R, Vera A, Ojeda VD. Male Injection Drug Users Try New Drugs Following Deportation to Tijuana, Mexico. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Jan 1;120(1-3):142-8 (Student Mentored Paper)
  3. Robertson AM, Lozada R, Pollini RA, Rangel G, Ojeda VD. Correlates and Contexts of U.S. Injection Drug Initiation Among Undocumented Mexican Migrant Men Who Were Deported From the United States. AIDS and Behavior. 2012 Aug;16(6):1670-80
  4. Gilmer TP, Ojeda VD, Leich J, Heller R, Garcia P, Palinkas LA. Assessing the Needs for Mental Health Services Among Transitional Age Youth. Psychiatric Services. 2012. 63(4)338-42.
  5. Ojeda VD, Burgos JL, Rangel MG, Lozada R, Vera A. U.S. Drug Use and Migration Experiences of Mexican Female Sex Workers who are Injection Drug Users (Accepted March 1, 2012: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.)
  6. Robertson AM, Ojeda VD, Lozada R, Martinez G, Strathdee SA, Patterson TL. Reducing Harm From HIV/AIDS Misconceptions Among Female Sex Workers in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez: A Cross Sectional Analysis. (Harm Reduction Journal. 2012. 9(1) 35- epub ahead of Print.
  7. Ojeda VD, Eppstein A, Lozada R, Vargas-Ojeda AC, Strathdee SA, Goodman D, Burgos JL. Establishing a Binational Student-Run Free Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico: A Model for U.S-Mexico Border States. Journal of Immigrant Health. Accepted, December, 2012.
  8. Hiller SP, Urada LA, Lozada R, Syvertsen J, Ojeda VD. Social support and recovery among Mexican female sex workers who inject drugs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Accepted December 19, 2012

Research Projects:

  1. Mexican Female Migration, Substance Use, Sex Work, and HIV Risks in Tijuana” National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Drug Abuse (5K01DA025504). (PI: Ojeda VD). April 15, 2009 – March 31, 2014. $838,142.
  2. “Social Incorporation Following Deportation and Implications for Health Status and Access to Care " (PI: Ojeda VD) Fogarty and UC Global Health Institute GloCal Health Fellowship September, 2012- August 2012. ($50,000)
  3. Tijuana Business Attitudes Toward Deportees and the Acceptability of an Employment Opportunities Program. (PI: Ojeda VD) Fogarty-UC Global Health Institute, February 2013 – January 2014. ($25,000)