Dr. Lianne Urada

Lianne Urada, PhD, MSW, LCSW 

Lianne Urada, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Professor, received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. She was also a pre-doctoral training fellow in the social and behavioral determinants of HIV/AIDS prevention in the Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health.

Dr. Urada is currently recipient of a NIDA K01 and NIH Fogarty International Center/UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship Program awards, examining community mobilization and its potential to reduce HIV/STI risk among women in the sex trade in Tijuana, Mexico. As a NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellow and Fordham University Research Ethics Training Institute Fellow, she published on survey and qualitative data she collected from 498 female entertainment workers and their managers in the Philippines for her dissertation to assess the socio-structural influences of risk behavior among the venue-based bar/spa workers and pilot tested an intervention. She also served as a Technical Review Committee member for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), reviewing studies on the prevalence of violence against women in the Pacific. She is Co-investigator for a Kaiser Permanente Community-based HIV Test & Treat Initiative in seven U.S. sites, and for an NIMH R01 Men Count study of HIV case management interventions with Black men in Washington DC. She was faculty director for the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute’s HIV University Project, and is on the Board of Directors for Christie's Place (transforming the lives of women affected by HIV in San Diego).

As a Field Education faculty member at UCLA, she initiated a longitudinal study of at-risk adolescent foster youth. She has held a Licensure in Clinical Social Work since 1998 and worked with women, men, and families living with HIV for eight years in Los Angeles County. Her research interests include intervention research with sex workers and HIV positive populations; socio-structural determinants of sexual risk behaviors; the intersection of substance use, HIV, and mental health; community-based research methods; and trafficking/migration issues.

Selected peer-reviewed publications (of 20+):

  1. Urada LA, Halterman S, Raj A, Tsuyuki K, Pimentel Simbulan N, Silverman JG. Socio-structural and behavioral risk factors associated with history of being trafficked as female bar/spa entertainers in the sex trade in the Philippines. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2015, in press.
  2. Gaines TL, Urada LA, Martinez G, Goldenberg SM, Rangel G, Reed E, Patterson TL, Strathdee SA. Factors associated with the temporary cessation of sex work among female injection drug users in two Mexico-U.S. border cities. Addictive Behaviors 2015, 45, 63–69. PMID: 25644589.
  3. Urada LA, Silverman JG, Cordisco-Tsai L, Morisky DE. Underage youth trading sex in the Philippines: Trafficking and HIV risk, AIDS Care 2014, 26,1586-91. PMID: 25068199.
  4. Urada LA, Simmons J. Social and structural constraints on disclosure and informed consent for HIV survey research with female sex workers and their managers in the Philippines. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2014, 9(1), 41-45. PMID: 24572081.
  5. Urada LA, Simmons J. A collaborative methodology for investigating the ethical conduct of research on female sex workers in the Philippines. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2014, 9(1), 29-40. PMID: 24572082.
  6. Urada LA, Strathdee SA, Morisky DE, Schilling RF, Pimentel-Simbulan N, Estacio Jr LR, Raj A. Sex work and its associations with alcohol and methamphetamine use among female bar and spa workers in the Philippines. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health 2014, 26(2):138-146. PMID: 23343641.
  7. Odinokova V, Rusakova M, Urada LA, Silverman JG, Raj A. Police sexual coercion and its association with risky sex work and substance use behaviours among female sex workers in St. Petersburg and Orenburg, Russia. International Journal of Drug Policy 2013, 25(1), 96-104. PMID: 23916802.
  8. Urada LA, Raj A, Cheng DM, Quinn E, Bridden C, Blokhina EA, Krupitsky E, Samet JH. History of intimate partner violence is associated with sex work but not STI among HIV-positive female drinkers in Russia. International Journal of STD and AIDS 2013, 24(4), 287-292. PMID: 23970660.
  9. Urada LA, Malow RM, Santos NC, Morisky DE. Age differences among female sex workers in the Philippines: Sexual risk negotiations and perceived manager advice. AIDS Research and Treatment 2012; e8126335. PMID: 22848800.
  10. Urada LA, Morisky DE, Pimentel-Simbulan N, Silverman JG, Strathdee SA. Condom negotiations among female sex workers in the Philippines: Environmental influences. PLoS One 2012; 7(3):e33282. PMID: 22448241.
  11. Urada LA, Morisky DE, Hernandez LI, Strathdee SA. Social and structural factors associated with consistent condom use among female entertainment workers trading sex in the Philippines. AIDS and Behavior 2012. PMID: 22223297.
  12. Morisky DE, Urada LA. Organizational policy recommendations for control of STI/HIV among female sex workers in China: regular examination of workers in social hygiene clinics. AIDS Care 2011; 23, 83-95. PMID: 3117269.
  13. Morisky DE, Lyu S, Urada LA. The role of non-formal education in combating the HIV epidemic in the Philippines and Taiwan. Prospects: UNESCO’s Quarterly Review of Comparative Education 2010; 3(4), 335-357. PMID: 3106305.
  14. Natale AP, Biswas B, Urada LA, Scheyett AM. Global HIV and AIDS: Calling all social work educators. Social Work Education 2010; 29(1), 27-47.

Research Projects (as Principal Investigator):

  1. Mujeres Unidas: Community mobilization and HIV/STI epidemiology of female sex workers in Mexico. Funded by: National Institutes of Drug Abuse (K01DA036439) and National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center / University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) GloCal Health Fellowship Program (R25 TW009343)
  2. Social and Structural Constraints on Disclosure and Informed Consent with Female Sex Workers and their Managers in the Philippines. Funded by: Fordham University Research Ethics Training Institute (NIDA R25DA031608-02 Training Grant to PI: C. Fisher)