Dr. Karina Villalba holds an MPH and Ph.D. in Public Health. She is a faculty member at Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University. Dr. Villalba community experience includes: serving as a Program Manager, Senior Public Health Advisor and Regional Program Evaluator of several institutions nationally and internationally. Her research integrates basic and behavioral sciences with the aim to translate to population-based interventions. Currently, she is involved in a study aimed to decouple short-term from long-term effects of alcohol consumption on neurocognitive, clinical and health outcomes in HIV-infected adults. She was recently awarded the Path Science Award at Florida International University for her contribution to science.
Dr. Villalba’s research has focused primarily on HIV, neurocognition, substance use disorders, and genomics. Her interests are: (i) The contribution of gene-environment interaction in the etiology of Substance Use Disorders. (ii) The adaptation and evaluation of theoretically-based interventions for HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Disorders (iii) The effects of neurocognition on HIV/AIDS and Substance Use Disorders.