Sherry Larkins, Ph.D.

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Sherry Larkins, Ph.D.

Sherry Larkins, Ph.D., has worked for Friends Research Institute and UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs since 1998. She currently oversees ISAP’s International Training and Education efforts, and  directs co-occurring training and evaluation initiatives across the state. Prior to her current position, she was the Director for a study investigating the diffusion of HIV and other STDs among methamphetamine-using MSM and MSM, and worked with a research team exploring behavioral treatment interventions for stimulant and alcohol abusers. She has been involved in substance abuse research for over twenty years and completed her doctorate in medical sociology at Rutgers University in 1999. Her research interests include stimulant abuse, substance abuse treatment for marginalized populations, sexual risk behaviors associated with substance use, and qualitative methodologies.

Education and Training

  • California State University, Chico, B.A., 1991, Sociology/Psychology
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, M.A., 1996, Sociology
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Ph.D., 1999, Sociology

Specialties

  • Stimulant Abuse
  • Treatment for Marginalized Populations
  • HIV and Sexual Risk Behaviors Associated with Substance Use
  • Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Qualitative Methodologies

Contact Info

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

Selected Publications

  1. Varady, D., C. Walker, K. McClure, J. Smith-Heimer, and S. Larkins. 1999. Helping Families Move: Counseling for Housing-Voucher Recipients. Netherlands Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 14, no. 1, 33-59.

  2. Reback, C.J., Larkins, S., & Shoptaw, S. 2003 “Methamphetamine abuse as a barrier to HIV medication adherence among gay and bisexual men.” AIDS Care, 15 (6), 775-785.

  3. Reback, C.J., Larkins, S., & Shoptaw, S. 2004 Perceptions of sexual risk among gay  and bisexual   male methamphetamine abusers before and after drug treatment. AIDS and Behavior, 8 (1), 87-98.

  4. Shoptaw, S., Reback, C.J., Peck, J.A., Yang, X., Rotheram-Fuller, E., Larkins, S., Veniegas, R.C., Hucks-Ortiz, C. 2005. Promising behavioral treatment approaches to reduce drug use and HIV-related sexual risk behaviors among methamphetamine-dependent gay and bisexual men. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 78 (2), 125-134.

  5. Larkins, S., Reback, C.J., Shoptaw, S., and Veniegas, R. 2005. Methamphetamine-dependent gay men’s disclosure of their HIV status to sexual partners. AIDS Care, 17 (4), 521-532.

  6. Larkins, S., Reback, C.J., & Shoptaw, S. 2005. Methamphetamine in the Gay Male Community. Connections. Fall, 2-4.

  7. Larkins, S., Reback, C.J., & Shoptaw, S. 2006. HIV risk behaviors among gay male methamphetamine users before and after treatment. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 10 (3/4), 122-126.

  8. King, W. Larkins, S., Hucks-Ortiz, C., Reback, C.J., & Shoptaw, S. 2007. HIV risk behaviors among gay male Wang, J., Gorbach, P., Veniegas, R., and Shoptaw, S. Factors Associated with HIV Viral Load in a Respondent Driven Sample in Los Angeles. AIDS and Behavior, December, 13 (1), 145-153.

  9. Shoptaw, S., Reback, C., Larkins, S., Wang, J., Rotheram-Fuller, E., Dang, J, &Yang, X. 2008. Outcomes Using Two Tailored Behavioral Treatments for Substance Abuse In Urban Gay and Bisexual Men. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35(3): 285-293.

  10. Shoptaw, S., Weiss, R., Munjas, B., Hucks-Ortiz, C., Larkins, S., Victorianne, G., Gorbach. P. 2009. Homonegativity, substance use, sexual risk behaviors and HIV-status in poor and ethnic men who have sex with men in Los Angeles. Journal of Urban Health, 86, 77-92.

  11. Reback, C.J. & Larkins, S. 2010. Maintaining a heterosexual identity: Sexual  meanings among a sample of heterosexually-identified Men who have Sex with Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39(3), 766-73.

  12. Reback, C.J. & Larkins, S. 2013. HIV Risk Behaviors among a Sample of  Heterosexually Identified Men who have Sex with Men and/or Preoperative Transgender Women. Journal of Sex Research, 50 (2), 151-163.

  13. Padwa, H., Larkins, S., Crevecoeur-McPhail, D., & Grella, C. Dual-Diagnosis capability of mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs in Southern California. 2013. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 9 (2), 179-186.

Last updated - 11/13/2014

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