B.A., University of Arizona; M.P.H., Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona; PhD, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona; Postdoctoral, University of Arizona Health Sciences, Center for Health Disparities Research
Area(s) of Specialization:
Health Inequities; Alcohol and Substance Use
My research uses a multilevel perspective and mixed methods approach to understand and address the impact of systemic processes that perpetuate racial/ethnic health disparities in historically marginalized populations. My work addresses inequities in Latinx, im/migrant, indigenous, and farmworker populations. Currently I am interested in understanding how individual level experiences interact with macro-level characteristics and social networks to influence the health-related behaviors of Latinx men. Specifically, my research examines a range of health behaviors related to substance abuse, healthy food choice, and physical activity, with an emphasis on developing and testing culturally-and gender-responsive interventions. An emerging area of my work also incorporates the improvement of health communication and community engagement strategies in research and public health practice with underserved minority communities.
I have served as a co-investigator in the CDC-funded Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC) and I co-developed and currently function as Associate Director of Nosotros-Comprometidos a Su Salud; a research collaborative based in community-centered work to generate improved avenues of engagement in Latinx communities.
Valdez LA, Morrill K, Griffith D, Lindberg N, Hooker SP & Garcia DO. Mexican-Origin Male Perspectives of Health Behaviors Related to Physical Activity. American Journal of Men’s Health.
Valdez LA, Ruiz J, Carvajal S, Oren E, Garcia D. Understanding the Social and Cultural Contexts of Alcohol Misuse in Hispanic Men. Health Education and Behavior.
Valdez LA, Garcia D., Ruiz J, Oren E, Carvajal S. "Exploring Structural, Sociocultural, and Individual Barriers to Alcohol Abuse Treatment Among Hispanic Men": American Journal of Men’s Health.
Garcia DO, Valdez LA, Bell M, Humphrey K, Hingle M, McEwen M, Hooker S. A Gender- and Culturally-Sensitive Weight Loss Intervention for Hispanic Males: The ANIMO Randomized Controlled Trial Study Protocol and Recruitment Methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials.
Valdez LA, Ruiz J, Oren E., Carvajal S, & Garcia DO. Cultural Adaptations for Ethnic Diversity: A Review of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interventions for Latino Males. Substance Abuse and Misuse.
Valdez LA, Amezquita A, Hooker SP & Garcia DO. Mexican-Origin Male Perspectives of Health Behaviors Related to Weight Management. International Journal of Obesity.