Claudia Rafful

Claudia Rafful, MSc, is a PhD student in the UCSD-SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Global Health Track. She received her MSc in Substance Misuse from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and BS in Psychology from the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla in Mexico. She has worked at the Mexican National Institute of Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute in socioepidemiological studies related to substance use and mental health.
Claudia completed her international practicum comparing the role of public health in drug policies in Mexico and Uruguay. Specifically by contrasting the “Narcomenudeo law”, which stipulated the specific drug quantities considered as personal use (vs. drug trafficking) and the legalization of the commercialization, distribution and use of cannabis, respectively.
Her dissertation research is focused on the impact of involuntary drug treatment on HIV risk behaviors among people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico.
Research interests: evidence-based drug policy, implementation research and global mental health.

Current funding: AITRP Fellow and CONACyT-UC MEXUS scholarship.

Peer-review publications:

1.    Rafful C., Wagner K., Werb D., González-Zúñiga P.E., Verdugo S., Rangel G., Strathdee S.A. Prevalence and correlates of neck injection among people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico. Drug and Alcohol Review. On line.

2.    Rafful C., Zule W., Werb D., González-Zúñiga P.E., Werb D., Medina-Mora M.E., Magis-Rodríguez C., Strathdee S.A. High dead-space syringe use among injecting drug users in Tijuana. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2015, 41(3): 220-225.

3.    Robles-García R., Fresan A., Castellanos-Ryan N., Conrod P., Gomez D., de Quevedo y Dominguez M.E., Rafful C., Real T., Vasquez L., Medina-Mora, M.E. Spanish version of the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale: factor structure, reliability, and validity in Mexican adolescents. Psychiatry Research 2014, 220: 1113-1117.

4.    Werb D., Medina-Mora M.E., Beletsky L., Rafful C., et al. Mexico’s drug policy reform: cutting edge success or crisis in the making? Int J of Drug Policy 2014, 25(5) 823-825.

5.    Blanco C., Rafful C., Wall M., Ridenour T., Wang S., Kendler K. Towards a comprehensive developmental model of cannabis use disorders. Addiction 2014, 109(2): 284-294.

6.    Blanco C., Rafful C., Wall M., Jin J., Kerridge B., Schwartz, R.P. The latent structure and predictors of non-medical prescription drug use and prescription drug use disorders: A National Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2013, 133: 473-479.

7.    Blanco C., Iza M., Schwartz R., Rafful C., Wang S., Olfson M. Probability and predictors of help-seeking for prescription opioid use disorders: A National Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2013, 131: 143-148.

8.    Blanco C., Rafful C., Olfson M. The use of clinical trials in comparative effectiveness research on mental health. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2013, 66: 29-36.

9.    Borges G., Rafful C., Tancredi, D., Saito N., Aguilar-Gaxiola S., Medina-Mora M.E., Breslau J. Mexican immigration to the US, the occurrence of violence and the impact of mental disorders. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria 2013, 35: 161- 168.

10.    Rafful C., Garcia-Rodriguez O., Wang S., Secades-Villa R., Martinez-Ortega J.M., Blanco C. Probability and predictors of quit attempts and successful quit attempts in a nationally representative sample of smokers. Addictive Behaviors 2013, 38: 1920-1923.

11.    Borges G., Breslau J., Orozco R., Rafful C. Suicidality, ethnicity and immigration in the United States. Psychological Medicine 2012, 42: 1175-1184.

12.    Borges G., Rafful C., Benjet C., Tancredi, D., Saito N., Aguilar-Gaxiola S., Medina-Mora M.E., Breslau J. Mexican immigration to the US and alcohol and drug use opportunities: Does it make a difference in alcohol and/or drug use? Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2012, 125S: S4-S11.

13.    Rafful C., Medina-Mora M.E., Borges G., Benjet C., Orozco R. Depression, gender, and the treatment gap in Mexico. Journal of Affective Disorders 2012, 138: 165-169.

14.    Borges, G., Rafful, C. Alcohol and drug use in suicidal behavior. Current Opinion in Psychiatry 2010, 23(3): 195-204.