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Sherry Larkins, PhD

Sherry Larkins, Ph.D., has worked for Friends Research Institute and UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs since 1998. She currently directs ISAP’s International Training and Education efforts, including 2 SAMHSA-funded projects in Southeast Asia. She also leads the training and education efforts of ISAP’s visiting scholars. Prior to her current position, she directed training and technical assistance initiates for the Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health. She’s led multiple epidemiological and clinical research studies, including ones investigating the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among substance users, and others that focus on treatment interventions. She has been involved in substance abuse research for over 20 years and completed her doctorate in medical sociology at Rutgers University in 1999. Her research interests include stimulant abuse, substance abuse treatment for marginalized populations, sexual risk behaviors associated with substance use, and qualitative methodologies.