Migration and Prevention: Sexual Health among LGBTQ+ Communities

The CSI Migration and Prevention Cluster is carrying out interdisciplinary and field-specific research that addresses the most pressing issues affecting the Latinx population in Southern California. Beginning spring 2020, the cluster will gain interdisciplinary knowledge and research skills that will be refined via analyzing an existing data set gathered by Dr. Cassels. As the cluster moves toward the end of spring 2020 and into summer 2020, we will invite UCSB faculty, grad students and Southern California community members to join the cluster to strengthen the scope and reach of the research cluster. This involves researchers and key community members, including service providers, whose work centers on reducing HIV risk and promoting health equity among immigrant and sexual and gender minorities. Further, we anticipate that Latino and migrant MSM will face exceptionally disparate negative social and health outcomes as a result of COVID-19.

Health policies that could result from our work address geographic, social, psychological or structural barriers to acquiring HIV medication or pre-exposure prophylaxis, or linkage and retention in HIV care.


Associate Professor of Geography
Geographic mobility, sexual health and HIV prevention.
Assistant Professor of Education
Associations between trauma, social stress, mental health and substance use for diverse LGBTQ+ communities.
Graduate Student in Education
Promoting mental health via social media platforms for underserved communities.
Graduate Student in Education
Urban dynamics, human mobility, machine learning and nature-society interactions.

Selected Publications

Cerezo, A. (2020). Expanding the reach of Latinx psychology: Honoring the lived experiences of sexual and gender diverse Latinxs. Journal of Latinx Psychology. doi:10.1037/lat0000144

Cerezo, A. (2016). The impact of discrimination on mental health symptomatology in sexual minority Latina immigrants. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. doi:10.1037/sgd0000172

Cerezo, A., & Morales, A., Quintero, D., & Rothman, S. (2014). Trans-migrations: A qualitative exploration of life at the intersection of transgender identity and immigration. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. doi:10.1037/sgd0000031