Dr. Alexis Roth

Alexis Roth 

Alexis M. Roth, PhD, MPH, is a behavioral scientist whose research aims to improve women’s sexual health by reducing stigma and improving access to needed public health services. Dr. Roth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. Her postgraduate education includes a Master of Public Health from Tulane University (concentration in International Health and Development) and a doctoral degree in Health Behavior from Indiana University. She has developed skills in translational research and community-based participatory methods, and she is committed to the practice and policy implications of her work.

Prior to joining UCSD, Dr. Roth gained research experience working for a variety of community-based organizations as well as the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. She has worked on research projects with the Marion County Public Health Department and the Indianapolis Community Court to develop methods for expanding prevention, screening, and care for stigmatizing health conditions, particularly sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Dr. Roth was awarded a predoctoral research fellowship from The Indiana University Center for Urban Health. Her fellowship project sought to understand how the urban environment impacts health outcomes among street-based sex workers in Indianapolis using prospective, near real-time methods to assess how variable—but not random—determinants of health behavior impact sex workers’ ability to employ health promotion behaviors during paid/traded sexual events.
Dr. Roth’s research interests include exploring how contextual characteristics impact sexual health behavior, urban health, HIV/STI prevention, substance use, and health disparities.


  • Roth AM, Van Der Pol B, Fortenberry JD, Reece M, Dodge BM, Arno JN, Certo D, Zimet GD. Predictors of willingness to accept HSV-2 serological testing and HSV-2 prevalence among female defendants from a Community Court. International Journal of STD & AIDS, in press.
  • Roth AM, Holmes, AM, Stump, TE, Aalsma, MC, Ackermann, RT, Katz, BP, Kesterson, J, Carney, SC, Erdman, SE, Balt, CA, Inui, TS. Evaluating “Positive Choices”: A novel health coaching program for persons living with HIV. Patient Education and Counseling, in press.
  • Roth AM, Fortenberry JD, Van Der Pol B, Rosenberger JG, Dodge BM, Arno J, Waters J, Certo D, Reece M. Court-Based Participatory Research: Collaborating with the Justice System to Enhance Sexual Health Services for Vulnerable Women in the United States. Sexual Health, in press.
  • Roth AM, Rosenberger, JG, Reece, M, Van Der Pol, B. (2012). A methodological approach to improve the sexual health among vulnerable female populations: Incentivized peer-recruitment and field based STI testing. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved; 23: 367–375.