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    Alice Cepeda, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor of Social Work
    SchoolSchool of Social Work
    DepartmentSocial Work
    AddressATT T1400
    Off Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-1400
    Phone+1 213 821 6464
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      Alice Cepeda is currently an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. She was previously in the Department of Sociology and associate director of the Center for Drug and Social Policy Research at the University of Houston. She received her doctoral degree from the City University of New York, Graduate Center.

      Her work has focused on the social epidemiology of drug use and the related health risk behaviors that disproportionately affect urban Mexican-origin minority populations, including violence, HIV/STI infection risks and mental health conditions. Cepeda’s research has also highlighted the unique gendered experiences encountered by females within this cultural context. Her research publications have explored the complex of social determinants, including familial, neighborhood and socio-ecological factors that contribute to drug use and negative social and health outcomes among vulnerable minority populations.

      Cepeda has been a recipient of several federal National Institutes of Health grants. She is currently principal investigator and co-investigator, respectively, on two National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded studies: one examining the long-term health consequences of adolescent gang membership and one on the emergence and diffusion of crack use in Mexico City. Cepeda has also been a multiple recipient and scholar of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program.

      She received the 2010 National Award of Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse based on her outstanding research and publication in the field of Hispanic drug abuse. She was also a recipient of the 2010 Junior Scholar Award presented by the Drinking and Drugs Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Cepeda is currently chair of the Early Career Leadership Committee for the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse.


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      1. Cepeda A, Frankeberger J, Bailey JL, Nowotny KM, Natera-Rey G, Valdez A. HIV and STI knowledge, testing, and risk among adult crack users in Mexico city: baseline findings from a feasibility study. AIDS Care. 2016 Nov 10; 1-5. PMID: 27832703.
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      2. Cepeda A, Nowotny KM, Frankeberger J, Valdez A. Precocious transitions and long-term heroin use outcomes: A longitudinal study of gang-affiliated Mexican-American males. Addict Behav. 2016 Sep; 60:48-52. PMID: 27092995.
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      3. Nowotny KM, Cepeda A, James-Hawkins L, Boardman JD. Growing Old Behind Bars: Health Profiles of the Older Male Inmate Population in the United States. J Aging Health. 2016 Sep; 28(6):935-56. PMID: 26553724.
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      4. Cepeda A, Saint Onge JM, Nowotny KM, Valdez A. Associations Between Long-Term Gang Membership and Informal Social Control Processes, Drug Use, and Delinquent Behavior Among Mexican American Youth. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2016 Oct; 60(13):1532-48. PMID: 25979430.
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      5. Cepeda A, Nowotny KM, Valdez A. Trajectories of Aging Long-Term Mexican American Heroin Injectors: The "Maturing Out" Paradox. J Aging Health. 2016 Feb; 28(1):19-39. PMID: 25953814.
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      6. Valdez A, Kaplan C, Nowotny KM, Natera-Rey G, Cepeda A. Emerging patterns of crack use in Mexico City. Int J Drug Policy. 2015 Aug; 26(8):739-45. PMID: 26003928.
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      7. Cepeda A, Nowotny KM. A border context of violence: mexican female sex workers on the u.s.-Mexico border. Violence Against Women. 2014 Dec; 20(12):1506-31. PMID: 25409891.
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      8. Saint Onge JM, Cepeda A, Lee King PA, Valdez A. The relationship between trajectories of family/cultural stressors and depression and suicidal ideation among substance using mexican-american adults. Am J Community Psychol. 2013 Dec; 52(3-4):263-72. PMID: 23904175.
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      9. Volkmann T, Fraga MA, Brodine SK, Iñiguez-Stevens E, Cepeda A, Elder JP, Garfein RS. Drug-scene familiarity and exposure to gang violence among residents in a rural farming community in Baja California, Mexico. Glob Public Health. 2013; 8(1):65-78. PMID: 23072623.
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      10. Cepeda A, Kaplan C, Neaigus A, Cano MÁ, Villarreal Y, Valdez A. Injecting transition risk and depression among Mexican American non-injecting heroin users. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Sep; 125 Suppl 1:S12-7. PMID: 22749681.
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      11. Guerrero EG, Cepeda A, Duan L, Kim T. Disparities in completion of substance abuse treatment among Latino subgroups in Los Angeles County, CA. Addict Behav. 2012 Oct; 37(10):1162-6. PMID: 22658303.
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      12. Valdez A, Neaigus A, Kaplan C, Cepeda A. High rates of transitions to injecting drug use among Mexican American non-injecting heroin users in San Antonio, Texas (never and former injectors). Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011 Apr 1; 114(2-3):233-6. PMID: 21075561.
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      13. Valdez A, Cepeda A, Negi NJ, Kaplan C. Fumando la piedra: emerging patterns of crack use among Latino immigrant day laborers in New Orleans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2010 Oct; 12(5):737-42. PMID: 19924538.
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      14. Cepeda A, Valdez A. Ethnographic strategies in the tracking and retention of street-recruited community-based samples of substance using hidden populations in longitudinal studies. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Apr; 45(5):700-16. PMID: 20222780.
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      15. Cepeda A, Saint Onge JM, Kaplan C, Valdez A. The association between disaster-related experiences and mental health outcomes among drug using African American Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Community Ment Health J. 2010 Dec; 46(6):612-20. PMID: 20091228.
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      16. Cepeda A, Valdez A, Kaplan C, Hill LE. Patterns of substance use among hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston, Texas. Disasters. 2010 Apr; 34(2):426-46. PMID: 19863564.
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      17. Valdez A, Cepeda A, Kaplan C. Homicidal Events Among Mexican American Street Gangs: A Situational Analysis. Homicide Stud. 2009 Sep 1; 13(3):288-306. PMID: 21218188.
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      18. Valdez A, Cepeda A, Neaigus A, Russell A. Heroin transition risk among daily and non-daily cannabis users who are non-injectors of heroin. Int J Drug Policy. 2008 Dec; 19(6):442-9. PMID: 19038723.
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      19. Valdez A, Neaigus A, Cepeda A. Potential risk factors for injecting among Mexican American non-injecting heroin users. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2007; 6(2):49-73. PMID: 18192204.
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      20. Valdez A, Kaplan CD, Cepeda A. The drugs-violence nexus among Mexican-American gang members. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2006 Jun; 38(2):109-21. PMID: 16903450.
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      21. Cepeda A, Valdez A. Risk Behaviors Among Young Mexican American Gang-Associated Females: Sexual Relations, Partying, Substance Use, and Crime. J Adolesc Res. 2003 Jan 1; 18(1):90-106. PMID: 21218177.
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      22. Valdez A, Kaplan CD, Cepeda A. The process of paradoxical autonomy and survival in the heroin careers of Mexican American women. Contemp Drug Probl. 2000; 27:189. PMID: 21057594.
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