Alicia Harvey-Vera, PhD, MPH, obtained her PhD degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), México, Summa Cum Laude. She was a pre- and post-doctoral fellow under the AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), funded by the Fogarty International Center. Her doctoral research explored injection drug users’ fear of violence at drug rehabilitation centers in Tijuana, Mexico. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Dr. Harvey-Vera worked as project director on a number of binational HIV/STI natural history and prevention studies with high-risk and marginalized populations (drug users, female sex workers, immigrants) in Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez along the US-Mexico border. Dr. Harvey-Vera has also volunteered with the Department of Addictions in Tijuana, Mexico, responsible for monitoring annual trends of drug use and associated factors for the State of Baja California, Mexico
Dr. Harvey-Vera’s career goals include becoming a worldwide leading researcher in HIV prevention and treatment access among high-risk populations in resource poor settings. Her global public health work will contribute to the knowledge base of historically underserved, underrepresented groups such as the incarcerated and drug users, and further prevention, treatment and intervention science for vulnerable populations. Her GloCal project characterized the HIV treatment cascade of male and female inmates in resource-poor settings, involving HIV prevention and treatment service access among people attending drug rehabilitation centers and the incarcerated.