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 UCSD. Her research focuses on the health of underserved and vulnerable populations, including immigrants, Latinos, and women. She has published on health services issues including access to health insurance coverage, utilization of health and mental health services, and the financing of mental health care.

Dr. Ojeda’s research focuses on substance use, HIV/AIDS, and mental health comorbidities, with a focus on Latinos, including female sex workers, deportees, and injection drug users.  Dr. Ojeda is the principal investigator (PI) of a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) K01 Career Development award which focuses on the intersection of substance use, HIV, and migration in female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico. Dr. Ojeda is the PI of a study funded by GloCal from the UC Global Health Institute on deportee incorporation as it relates to their health status and use of health services in Mexico. Dr. Ojeda is PI of a sister study that examines the Tijuana labor market as it relates to deportees’ employment access. Dr. Ojeda is leading a study examining health and social outcomes of Mexican deportees undergoing tattoo removal. Dr. Ojeda also leads an evaluation study examining mental health service system for transitional age youth with mental illness throughout California.

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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