Principal Investigator, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California, Los Angeles
Sherry Larkins, Ph.D., is an addiction treatment researcher and educator at UCLA with over 20 years of experience conducting studies and providing training and technical assistance to practitioners and stakeholders. She has led multiple epidemiological and clinical research studies, including ones that have investigated the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among substance users, and others that have focused on treatment interventions targeting high risk populations such as men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), transwomen, and commercial sex workers. She has led several evaluation projects assessing services, structures, staffing, and capabilities of programs in delivering mental health and addiction treatment for those with co-morbid conditions. She currently oversees an international portfolio of federally-funded education and evaluation work in Southeast Asia and Ukraine/Central Asia, and directs the educational activities of international scholars at UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. Dr. Larkins has developed and conducted capacity-building projects on evidence-based treatment nationally and internationally, and has developed models for collaborative learning that have been widely disseminated. She regularly publishes her research in peer-reviewed addiction, mental health and sexual health journals. Her research interests include stimulant abuse, substance abuse treatment for marginalized populations, adolescent substance use, and qualitative methodologies, and she routinely teaches Research Methods courses for UCLA undergraduates. She lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband and 3 kids.