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Victoria Ojeda

Associate professor in global public health, UC San Diego

Nonresidential visiting fellow

Research Project: Establishing a Binational U.S.-Mexico Global Mental Health Training Program

Research Interests: migration, mental health, substance use and HIV


Victoria Ojeda is an associate professor in the Division of Global Public Health at the UC San Diego Department of Medicine. She earned a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Brandeis University and obtained her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in community health sciences from the UCLA School of Public Health. Additionally, Ojeda completed a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy.

Her research focuses on the health of underserved and vulnerable populations, including immigrants, Latinos and women. She has published works on health services issues, including access to health insurance coverage and utilization of health and mental health services. Ojeda’s current research examines substance use, HIV/AIDS and mental health comorbidities, with a focus on Mexican migrants.

As part of her fellowship, Ojeda is leveraging her co-directorship of the student-run, free clinic Health Frontiers in Tijuana to collaborate with USMEX’s Mexican Migration Field Research Program and Training Program.