Katrina Kubicek is a medical anthropologist and is currently the Associate Director of the Community, Health Outcomes, and Intervention Research (CHOIR) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She also co-directs the Community Engagement program of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) at the University of Southern California. She received her doctorate in Health Behavior Research from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Her training as a medical anthropologist provides a unique lens in which to view research and take into account the many cultural and social influences on individuals’ health and well-being, integral to unpacking issues impacting health disparities locally and globally. Her work has included serving as the Ethnographer on a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies over the past ten years which involved working closely with diverse communities such as young gay and bisexual men in examining HIV risks in urban populations, the House and Ball communities of Los Angeles and promotoras de salud in providing evidence-based guidelines to support cardiovascular health in urban and rural Latino communities. Her particular research focus includes understanding the dynamics of intimate partner violence among young gay and bisexual men as well as examining the societal and structural barriers to HIV prevention and care for young men of color in urban settings.
She has had the opportunity to work side by side with some of the most diverse communities in the world and these experiences continue to inform her work as well as the research of colleagues and other faculty at USC and CHLA. Without these relationships, her research agenda would not be as vast and applicable to the many different health conditions affecting our diverse communities.