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María Luisa Zúñiga

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María Luisa Zúñiga


Phone: (619) 594-6859
Office: HH 203D

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  • PhD (Public Health/Epidemiology), UC San Diego/SDSU, 1999
  • MA (Pacific International Affairs/Public Policy), UC San Diego, 1992
  • BA (Biology and Health Sciences), 1987

Scholarly Areas

Access to care, migration and health, substance use and mental health, HIV prevention, medication adherence, transnational research


María Luisa (‘Mari’) Zúñiga, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Social Work. She is an epidemiologist who conducts Community-Based Participatory Research to study the intersection of alcohol and drug use, mental health, sexual risk behaviors and self-care practices that contribute to poor health among diverse, vulnerable populations. Dr. Zúñiga specializes in the health of populations living in the U.S.-Mexico border region and in transnational health. She has worked extensively with Latinos living with HIV, U.S. Latino immigrant populations, and international and domestic migrants and their families in the U.S. and Mexico. Ongoing research on substance use, migration and health (PI: Zúñiga, Health Initiative of the Americas) indicates changes in mental health and drug and alcohol use practices in the context of migration and family separation among Latino immigrants from Yucatán, México. Dr. Zúñiga maintains strong research ties and student training collaborations in the states of Yucatán and Baja California, México.