Dr. Victoria Ojeda

Victoria Ojeda 

Victoria D. Ojeda, is an Associate Professor, in the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on the health of underserved and vulnerable populations, including migrants, justice-involved persons, and persons living with serious mental illness, particularly transition age youth between the ages of 18 and 26 years. She has published on health services issues (e.g., access to health insurance coverage, utilization of health and mental health services), HIV prevention, and migrant health issues.

Dr. Ojeda is the Principal Investigator of the UCSD RE-LINK program which is funded by the DHHS- Office of Minority Health (grant #: CPIMP161137) which aims to reduce disparities in health status and access to care among young adults ages 18-26 who are exiting the justice system and seeking to reenter the community. The UCSD RELINK program employs service navigation and health coaching to achieve its goals.

Dr. Ojeda is the founder of the UCSD Clean Slate Free Tattoo Removal Program (funder: San Diego Indigent Criminal Legal Defense Fund) which offers free laser tattoo removal services to adults on Probation in San Diego County.  Additionally, Dr. Ojeda is also Co-investigator of studies examining mental health service delivery in San Diego and Orange Counties following implementation of the California Mental Health Services Act. Dr. Ojeda is also Co-Director of the Health Frontiers in Tijuana Free Clinic.

Dr. Ojeda holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Brandeis University. 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.

Dr. Ojeda's Curriculum Vitae can be accessed from the following link: CV

email:  vojeda@ucsd.edu

Active Research Projects:

  1. "Mexican Female Migration, Substance Use, Sex Work, and HIV Risks in Tijuana (PI: Ojeda VD). National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Drug Abuse (Grant #: 5K01DA025504).
  2. "Social Incorporation Following Deportation and Implications for Health Status and Access to Care" (PI: Ojeda VD) Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25TW009343 and UC Global Health Institute GloCal Health Fellowship
  3. “Tijuana Business Attitudes Toward Deportees and the Acceptability of an Employment Opportunities Program”. (PI: Ojeda VD) UC Global Health Institute.
  4. “Reducing HIV Risk and Social Stigma via a Gang-Tattoo Removal Intervention for Deportees in Tijuana.” (PI: Ojeda VD) Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25TW009343and UC Global Health Institute GloCal Health Fellowship. 2014.
  5. “Meanings, Contexts and Implications of Gang Tattoos for Mexican Deportees Undergoing Gang Tattoo Removal.” (PI: Ojeda VD)  PIMSA Consortium through the Health Initiative of the Americas.
  6. “Depression Among Deportees Undergoing Gang Tattoo Removal in Tijuana”. (Co-I: Ojeda VD). Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25TW009343and UC Global Health Institute GloCal Health Fellowship. 2014.
  7. "Evaluating Programs and Services for Transition Age Youth Supported by California’s Mental Health Services Act".  (PI: Ojeda VD). Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (Contract #13MHSOAC014)

Recent News Articles:

Profile: "Fogarty Scholar Dr. Victoria Ojeda studies health on US-Mexico Border". Available at:
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