Julia López, PhD, MPH, LCSW

Julia López, PhD, MPH, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. López is a public health researcher who combines her clinical expertise in trauma, stigma, mental wellness, and substance use with public health theories to further advance health equity among underserved minority populations. A fundamental purpose of Dr. López’s work is to engage in a crucial combination of destigmatizing clinical practice, research, and community collaboration. Moreover, her recent efforts include reduction of health disparities affecting people living with HIV, immigrant populations, and sexual and gender minority individuals; specifically, facilitating appropriate interventions that are dedicated to diminishing the mechanisms through which stigma and varying forms of trauma/minority stress impact health outcomes.

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Additional Titles
  • 2018-Present Faculty Scholar, Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2021-Present Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity, Washington University in St. Louis

Graduate Courses

  • 2016-Present Adjunct Professor, Approaches to Trauma Care, Saint Louis University
  • 2018-Present Adjunct Professor, Community Health Promotion, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 2019-Present Adjunct Professor, Dismantling Oppression: Exploring Equity and Inclusion
  • Honors BS in Social Work and Honors BA in Spanish & International Studies: Saint Louis University, St. Louis MO (2009)
  • MSW and Certificate in Community Mental Health: Saint Louis University, St. Louis MO (2010)
  • MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education: Saint Louis University, St. Louis MO (2013)
  • PhD in Public Health Sciences: Saint Louis University, St. Louis MO (2017)
  • 2007-Present Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society
  • 2014-Present Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Graduate Honor Society
  • 2016 Mary Gumble Levy Award, PhD Nominee
Editorial Responsibilities
  • 2018-Present  Peer Reviewer, AIDS and Behavior
  • 2020-Present  Peer Reviewer, Journal of Public Health
  • 2020-Present  Peer Reviewer, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
  • 2011-Present Member and Abstract Reviewer, American Public Health Association
Selected Publications
  1. López JD, Duncan A, Shacham E, McKay V. Disparities in health behaviors and outcomes at the intersection of race and sexual identity among women: Results from the 2011–2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Preventive medicine. 2021;142:106379. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106379.
  2. López JD, Shacham E, Brown T. The Impact of Clinic Policy Attendance and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Medical Case Management Program on HIV Clinical Outcomes: A Retrospective Longitudinal Study. AIDS and behavior. 2019. Epub 2019/11/27. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02738-8. PubMed PMID: 31768689.
  3. Shacham E, Lew D, Xiao T, López JD, Trull T, Schootman M, et al. Testing the Feasibility of Using Ecological Momentary Assessment to Collect Real-Time Behavior and Mood to Predict Technology-Measured HIV Medication Adherence. AIDS and behavior. 2019;23(8):2176-84. Epub 2019/01/03. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2378-9. PubMed PMID: 30600455.

Bibliography – Julia López