Julia Dickson-Gomez, PhD
Center Deputy Director
Director, Qualitative Methods Core
Dr. Dickson-Gomez studies HIV prevention among drug users in the United States and El Salvador and is also interested in the influence of structural factors on HIV risk. Her research explores the effects of housing policy on drug users' access to housing, variations in housing status and housing options of drug users, and levels of HIV risk related to these factors. Dr. Dickson-Gomez's work also explores macro- and micro-social contexts of crack use and HIV risk in communities in El Salvador. Her work develops and evaluates the impact of structural and multi-level interventions in the U.S. and Latin America.
PhD: Medical Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles
MA: Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles
AB: Anthropology; Bryn Mawr College
Dickson-Gomez, J., Corbett, A.M., Bodnar, G., Zuniga, M.O., Guevara, C.E., Rodriguez, K., & Navas, V. (in press). Context and group dynamics in a CBPR-developed HIV prevention intervention. Health Promotion International.
Dickson-Gomez, J., Owczarzak, J., St. Lawrence, J., Sitzler, C., Pearson, B., Kelly, J.A., Amirkhanian, Y.A. (in press). Beyond the Ball: Implications for HIV risk and prevention among AAMSM constructed families. AIDS and Behavior. DOI 10.1007/510461-014-0836-6. NIHMSID: NIHMS609985
Dickson-Gomez, J., Lechuga, J., Glasman, L., Pinkerton, S., Bodnar, G., & Klein, P. (2013). Prevalence and incidence of HIV and sexual risk behaviors among crack users in the San Salvador metropolitan area, El Salvador. World Journal of AIDS. 3(4), 357-363. DOI: 10.4236/wja.2013.34046.
Dickson-Gomez, J., McAuliffe, T., Rivas de Mendoza, L., Glasman, L., & Gaborit, M. (2012). The relationship between community structural characteristics, the context of crack use, and HIV risk behaviors in San Salvador, El Salvador. Substance Use and Misuse, 47(3), 265-277. PMCID: PMC3263344
Dickson-Gomez, J., Bodnar G., Guevara, C., Rodriguez, K., & Rivas de Mendoza, L. (2011). With God’s help I can do it: Crack users’ formal and informal recovery experiences in El Salvador. Substance Use and Misuse, 46(4), 426-43. PMCID: PMC3704222
Dickson-Gomez, J., McAuliffe, T., Convey, M., Weeks, M., & Owczarzak, J. (2011). Access to housing subsidies, housing status, drug use and HIV risk among low-income U.S. urban residents. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 23(2), 105-117. PMCID: PMC3283493.
Dickson-Gomez, J., Weeks, M., Li, J., & Convey, M. (2011). Social psychological processes of enhanced HIV risk reduction among peer interventionists. Journal of Community Psychology, 39(4), 369-389.
Dickson-Gomez, J. (2010). Structural factors influencing patterns of drug selling and use and HIV risk in the San Salvador metropolitan area. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 24(2), 157-181. PMCID: PMC3721422
Dickson-Gomez, J. (2010). Can drug users be effective change agents? Yes, but much still needs to change. Substance Use and Misuse, 45(1-2), 154-160.
Dickson-Gomez, J., Corbett, A.M., Bodnar, G., Rodriguez, K., & Guevara, C. (2010). Resources and obstacles to developing and implementing a structural intervention to prevent HIV in San Salvador, El Salvador. Social Science and Medicine, 70, 351-359. PMCID: PMC2815075
Dickson-Gomez, J. (2009). Child Soldiers. In Cultures of Fear: A Critical Reader, ed. Linke, U. & Smith, D.T. London: Pluto Press.
Dickson-Gomez, J., Convey, M., Hilario, H., Corbett, A.M., & Weeks, M. (2009). Structural and personal factors related to access to housing and housing stability among urban drug users in Hartford, Connecticut. Contemporary Drug Problems, 35, 115-152.
Dickson-Gomez, J., Convey, M., Hilario, H., Weeks, M., & Corbett, A.M. (2009). Hustling and housing: Drug users' strategies to obtain shelter and income in Hartford, Connecticut. Human Organization, 68(3).
Dickson-Gomez, J., Cromley, E., Convey, M., & Hilario, H. (2009). How much choice is there in housing choice vouchers? Neighborhood risk and free-market rental housing accessibility for active drug users in Hartford, Connecticut. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, 4(5). PMCID: PMC2678701
Dickson-Gomez, J., Hilario, H., Convey, M., Corbett, A.M., Weeks, M., and Martinez, M. (2009). The relationship between housing status and HIV risk among active drug users: A qualitative analysis. Substance Use and Misuse, 44(2), 139-162. PMCID: PMC2646376
Galletly, C.L. & Dickson-Gomez, J.B. (2009). HIV sero-positive status disclosure to prospective sex partners and criminal laws that require it. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 20(90), 613-618.
Weeks, M.R., Convey, M., Dickson-Gomez, J., Li, J., Radda, K., Martinez, M., & Robles, E. (2009). Changing drug users' risk environments: Peer health advocates as multi-level change agents. American Journal of Community Psychology, 43(3-4), 330-344. PMCID: PMC2883050
Weeks, M.R., Li, J.H., Dickson-Gomez, J.B., Convey, M., Martinez, M., Radda, K., & Clair, S. (2009). Outcomes of a peer HIV prevention program with injection drug and crack users: The Risk Avoidance Partnership. Substance Use and Misuse, 44(2), 258-281. PMCID: PMC2896279
Dickson-Gomez, J., Bodnar, G., Guevarra, A., Rodriguez, K., and Gaborit, M. (2006). Childhood sexual abuse and HIV risk among crack-using commercial sex workers in San Salvador, El Salvador. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 20(4), 545-574.
Dickson-Gomez, J., Weeks, M., Martinez, M., and Convey, M. (2006). Times and places: Process evaluation of a peer-led HIV prevention intervention. Substance Use and Misuse, 41(5), 669-690.