University of Sourthern California

Claradina Soto, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine Core Courses

Dr. Claradina Soto is a full-time assistant clinical professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research. She teaches undergraduate courses in the Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and Global Health Program and graduate courses in the Master of Public Health program. With more than 15 years working in tobacco control with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations, she has conducted statewide tobacco control work with numerous tribes to provide commercial tobacco education, prevention, cessation services, policy implementation and media campaigns to counter the pro-tobacco influences by the tobacco industry.

Currently, she is a co-investigator with an NIH/FDA-funded Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science grant to understand and assess the impact of FDA tobacco regulations in small independent tobacco retail stores on tribal lands in California. Dr. Soto is a longtime advocate for the AI/AN communities and other priority populations to advance health equity and reduce health disparities.