Faculty Mentors

Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD

Department of Preventive Medicine

Institute for Prevention Research

Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

Ricky N. Bluthenthal, Ph.D., is a Professor (Clinical Scholar) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research at USC Keck School of Medicine. His research has established the effectiveness of syringe exchange programs, tested novel interventions and strategies to reduce HIV risk and improve HIV testing among people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men, documented how community conditions contribute to health  disparities, and examined health policy implementation. At present, he is conducting  studies on preventing injection initiation, improving HIV testing and linkage to care for low-income gay and bisexual African American men, reducing stress and improving family cohesion among low-income Latinos using a mindfulness-based meditation intervention, and examining ethical risk of research collaborations for community-based organizations. He has led studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities among others. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley.

Selected Publications:

Tsai, J. Y., Bluthenthal, R., Allem, J. P., Garcia, R., Garcia, J., Unger, J., … & Sussman, S. Y. (2016). Vape shop retailers’ perceptions of their customers, products and services: A content analysis. Tobacco prevention & cessation2(Suppl).

Williams, J. E., Dangerfield, D. T., Kral, A. H., Wenger, L. D., & Bluthenthal, R. N. (2018). Correlates of sexual coercion among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. Journal of urban health, 1-8.

Harawa, N. T., Guentzel-Frank, H., McCuller, W. J., Williams, J. K., Millet, G., Belcher, L., … & Bluthenthal, R. N. (2018). Efficacy of a Small-Group Intervention for Post-Incarcerated Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women (MSMW). Journal of Urban Health95(2), 159-170.