Rachel Gonzales, Ph.D.

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Rachel Gonzales, Ph.D.

Rachel Gonzales, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Research Psychologist at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. She has training in public health, psychology and addiction medicine. Trained in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, her research focuses on the application of behavioral theories to understand the etiology and maintenance of substance use risk behaviors among diverse adolescent and young adult populations. Her research practice focuses on intervention development and recovery for adolescent and young adult populations. She also has extensive research experience with brief intervention and continuing care approaches for substance abuse recovery among youth. She currently is the PI on a NIDA-funded K01 to develop and test the utility of a continuing care intervention for recovery support for youth using mobile based text-messaging.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate:  University of California Los Angeles, B.A., Psychology, 1998
  • Masters: University of California Los Angeles, MPH, Public Health, Community Health Sciences, 2001
  • Doctorate University of California Los Angeles, Ph.D. Public Health, Community Health Sciences, 2007


  • Adolescents & Young Adults
  • Intervention Development and Evaluation
  • Health-Related Quality of Life
  • Communicable Diseases

Contact Info

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
11075 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025


  1. Rawson, R., Gonzales, R., & Brethen, P.  (2002). Treatment of Methamphetamine use disorders: an update. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 23(2), 145-50.
  2. Gonzales, R., Glik, D., Davoudi, M., & Ang, A. (2004). Media Literacy and Public Health: Integrating Theory. Research and Practice for Tobacco Control.  American Behavior Scientist, 48, 189-202.
  3. Rawson, R., Gonzales, R., McCann, M. & Obert, J.  (2005). Methamphetamine Use among Adolescents in Treatment: Participant Characteristics & Treatment Response. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 29(2), 67-74.
  4. Gonzales, R. & Rawson, R.  (2005). Methamphetamine Addiction:Does Treatment Work? Counselor, The Magazine for Addiction Professionals, 6, 16-23.
  5. Gonzales, R., Glik, D., Prelip, M., Bourque, L., Ang, A., Yuen, J. & Jones, M.  (2006). Risk Perceptions and Behavioral Intentions for Hepatitis B: How Do Young Adults Fare?  Health Education & Research, 21(5):654-61
  6. Gonzales, R., Rawson, R. Marinelli-Casey, P., Shoptaw, S.  (2006). Hepatitis C Virus Infection among Methamphetamine Dependent Individuals in Outpatient Treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 31:195-202.
  7. Rawson, R., Gonzales, R., & Ling, W.  (2006). Methamphetamine Abuse and Dependence: An Update. Directions of Psychiatry, 26(3):221-236.
  8. Rawson, R., Gonzales, R., Marinelli-Casey, P., & Ang, A.  (2007). Route of Administration: A Closer Look at Methamphetamine Users.  American Journal on Addiction, 16(4):291-299.
  9. Hillhouse, M., Marinelli-Casey, P., Gonzales, R., Ang, A., Rawson, R. A., and the Methamphetamine Treatment Project Corporate Authors. (2007). Predicting in-treatment performance and post-treatment outcomes in methamphetamine users. Addiction
  10. Rawson, R., Gonzales, R., McCann, M. & Ling, W.  (2007). Use of Methamphetamine by Young People:  Is There Reason for Concern? Addiction, 102(7):1021-1022.
  11. Follen, M., Gonzales-Castaneda, R., Mikelson, M., Johnson, D., Wilson, A., & Higuchi, K. (2007). Implementing Health Information Technology to Improve the Process of Healthcare Delivery: A Case Study. Disease Management, 10(4):208-215.
  12. Marinelli-Casey, P., Gonzales, R., Hillhouse, M., Ang, A., Zweben, J., Cohen, J., Fulton Hora P., Rawson, R. A., and the Methamphetamine Treatment Project Corporate Authors. (2008). Drug court treatment for methamphetamine dependence: Treatment response and post-treatment outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 34(2):242-8.
  13. Gonzales, R., Ang, A., McCann, M., & Rawson, R. (2008). Methamphetamine use among treatment seeking youth: An emerging problem? Substance Abuse, 29(2):71-80.
  14. Rawson, R. Gonzales, R., Pearce, V., Marinelli-Casey, P., Ang, A, & Brummer, J. (2008). Methamphetamine dependence and human immunodeficiency virus risk behavior. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35(3):279-84.
  15. Gonzales, R., Marinelli-Casey, P., Hillhouse, M., Hunter, J., Rawson, R.A., Mooney, L., & Ang, A. (2008). Hepatitis A and B Infection among Methamphetamine Dependent Users. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35:351-2.
  16. Gonzales, R. & Perlman, D. (2008). Clinical Perspective - Hepatitis C for addiction professionals. Response: A case for collaborative care.  Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, 4(1):43-44.
  17. Gonzales, R. Ang, A., Marinelli-Casey, P., Glik, D.C., Iguchi, M.Y. & Rawson, R. (2009). Health-Related Quality of Life Trajectories of Methamphetamine-Dependent Individuals as a Function of Treatment Completion and Continued Care over a 1 Year Period. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 37(4):353-61.
  18. Glasner-Edwards, S., Marinelli-Casey, P., Gonzales, R., Hillhouse, M., et al. (2009). Depression among methamphetamine users: association with outcomes from the Methamphetamine Treatment Project at 3-year follow-up. Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, 197: 225-231
  19. Gonzales, R., Mooney, L. & Rawson, R. (2010). The Methamphetamine Problem in the United States. Annual Review of Public Health, 31:385-98.
  20. Rawson, R. & Gonzales, R. (2010). Commentary on Marshall et al. (2010): Are long term negative health consequences of methamphetamine important to youth? Addiction, 105(6): 1003-1004.
  21. Rawson, R., Gonzales, R., Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, D., Urada, D., Bracht, M-L., Chalk, M., Kemp, J., & Cunningham, M. (2010). Improving the Accountability of California’s Public Substance Abuse Treatment System. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, 211-214.
  22. Herbeck, D., Gonzales, R., & Rawson, R., (2010). Performance Improvement Efforts in Addiction Treatment: Efforts in California. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, 261-268.
  23. Crevecoeur-MacPhail, D., Ransom, B.A., Myers, A.C., Annon, J.J., Diep, N., Gonzales, R., et al. (2010). Inside the Black Box: Measuring Addiction Treatment Services and Their Relation to Outcomes. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, 269-276.
  24. Gonzales, R., Ang, A., Glik, D., Rawson, R., Lee, S., & Iguchi, M.Y. (2011). Quality of Life among Treatment Seeking Methamphetamine-Dependent Individuals. American Journal on Addictions, 20(4):366-372.
  25. Gonzales R., Brecht ML, Mooney L., Rawson RA. (2011). Prescription and over-the-counter drug treatment admissions to the California public treatment system. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40(3):224-9.
  26. Gonzales R, Anglin MD, Beattie R, Ong CA, Glik DC. (2012). Understanding recovery barriers: youth perceptions about substance use relapse. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(5):602-14. PubMed PMID: 22584088.
  27. Rawson RA, Gonzales R, Greenwell L, Chalk M. (2012). Process-of-care measures as predictors of client outcome among a methamphetamine-dependent sample at 12- and 36-month follow-ups. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(4):342-9. PubMed PMID: 23210383.
  28. Gonzales R, Anglin MD, Beattie R, Ong CA, Glik DC. (2012). Perceptions of chronicity and recovery among youth in treatment for substance use problems. Journal of Adolescent Health, 51(2):144-9. PubMed PMID: 22824444
  29. Gonzales, R., Anglin, MD, Glik, D.C., & Zavalza, C. (2013). Perceptions about Recovery Needs and Drug-Avoidance Recovery Behaviors among Youth in Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 45(4): 297-303.
  30. Gonzales, R., Anglin, MD, & Glik, D.C. (2014). Exploring the feasibility of text messaging to support substance abuse recovery among youth in treatment. Health Education Research, 29(1):13-22. PMID: 24038196
  31. Gonzales, R., Ang, A., & Murphy, D., Glik, D.C., & Anglin, MD (in press). Substance Use Recovery Outcomes among a Cohort of Youth Participating in a Mobile-Based Texting Aftercare Program. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2014.01.010
  32. Rawson, R.A., Chudzynski, J., Gonzales, R., Mooney, L., Dickerson, D., Ang, A., Dolezal, B., & Cooper, C.B. Impact of Exercise on Mood Symptoms among Abstinent Methamphetamine-Dependent Individuals. Addiction, in press.


  1. Gonzales, R. & Anderson, M. (in press). Alcohol (Chapter 64). In Neinstein’s Adolescent and Young Adult Health: A Practical Guide, 6e, Edited by Drs. Lawrence S. Neinstein, Debra K. Katzman, Todd Callahan, Catherine M. Gordon, Alain Joffe, and Vaughn Rickert. Wolters Kluwer Health.
  2. Rawson, R.A., Gonzales, R., & Ling, W. (2011).  Clinical aspects of methamphetamine.  In B.A. Johnson (Ed.), Addiction medicine: Science and Practice (Vol. 1, pp. 495-510).  New York: Springer.
  3. Gonzales, R., Brecht, M.L., Rawson, R.A. Chapter 25 Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes. Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction, First Edition. Richard R. Rosner, Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp.267-270.
  4. Crevecoeur, D., Gonzales, R., Rawson, R.A., Fielding, J.E., Viernes, J. (2013). Increasing accountability among substance abuse treatment providers: development of a performance management system. In Fielding, J. & Teutsch S. (Eds.), Public Health in Practice: Lessons from the Nation’s Largest, Most Diverse County.


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