Faculty Profile

Ricky Bluthenthal, Ph.D.

Professor of Preventive Medicine
Associate Dean for Social Justice

Ricky N. Bluthenthal is a Professor (Clinical Scholar) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He received a BA in History and Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz and a PhD in sociology from the University of California Berkeley. He is primarily interested in approaches to improving health outcomes and reducing risk among disadvantaged groups. In his prior studies, Dr. Bluthenthal has used quantitative and qualitative research methods to establish the effectiveness of syringe exchange programs, test novel interventions and strategies to reduce HIV risk and improve HIV testing among people who inject drugs and men who has sex with men, document how community conditions contribute to health disparities, and examine health policy implementation. His current studies include: 1)An efficacy trial of a group-based, culturally congruent intervention to reduce HIV risk among recently incarcerated, bisexual African American men; 2)an exploratory, mixed-method study on people who initiated drug injection in their thirties, 3)an efficacy trial of a short (hour long) social learning intervention to reduce transitions into injection drug use, and 4)a community-based participatory research project to reduce multiple health risk among middle-school aged Latinos and their parents. Dr. Bluthenthal has authored over 105 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, The Lancet, Addiction, and Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research among others.