Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD

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Professor of Preventive Medicine
Core Courses

Dr. Bluthenthal has written more than 95 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, The Lancet, Addiction, and Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, among others.

His current studies include:

  • An efficacy trial of a group-based, culturally congruent intervention to reduce HIV risk among recently incarcerated, bisexual African-American men
  • An exploratory, mixed-method study on people who initiated drug injection in their 30s
  • An evaluation of substance abuse prevention interventions in Los Angeles County
  • A community-based participatory research project to reduce multiple health risk among middle-school aged Latinos and their parents

Previously, Dr. Bluthenthal has used quantitative and qualitative research methods to establish the effectiveness of syringe exchange programs, test novel interventions and strategies to reduce HIV risk and improve HIV testing among intravenous drug users and men who engage in same-gender sexual encounters.