Cathy J. Reback, PhD

Core Director, Combination Prevention Core

Cathy J. Reback, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist with Friends Research Institute, a Research Sociologist with the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, and the Director of the Combination Prevention Core for the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services. Additionally, Dr. Reback is the founder and Executive Director of Friends Community Center the community-based site for Friends Research Institute, which provides publicly funded, culturally tailored, substance abuse and HIV prevention services for MSM and transgender women and outpatient methamphetamine abuse treatment services. The focus of Dr. Reback’s research is an examination of the intersection of substance use disorders and HIV sexual risk behaviors among sexual and gender minority status individuals in community settings. Dr. Reback has an extensive background in conducting community-research collaborations, managing large-scale HIV prevention and intervention programs for sexual and gender minority status individuals, designing and implementing technology-based interventions, designing and implementing venue- and street-based intervention programs, evaluating behavioral and biomedical treatment therapies for high-risk populations with substance use and mental health disorders, and conducting mixed methods research studies. Additionally, she has collaborated with several local community-based organizations to adopt, tailor, and transfer evidenced-based interventions into public health and community settings. Dr. Reback’s community and policy work includes current and past membership on numerous local and national HIV/AIDS and substance abuse task forces and advisory committees.