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Richard Armenta

TitleAssistant Adjunct Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0631
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Dr. Armenta has his PhD in Epidemiology from the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health between UC San Diego and San Diego State University, a MPH in Epidemiology and an MA in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University.

    Dr. Armenta is currently an Epidemiologist at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) where he works on the Millennium Cohort Study, the largest longitudinal study of military population health. His research there focuses on mental and physical health among military service members. Aside from his work at the NHRC, Dr. Armenta conducts research on health disparities among Hispanic and Native American communities. His research focuses on substance abuse and disease transmission prevention for HIV and STI’s. Additionally, Dr. Armenta serves as the Research Director for the California Native American Research Centers for Health Student Development Program, where he mentors Native American students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He teaches FPMU40 and serves on the BSPH steering committee.


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    1. Seelig AD, Bensley KM, Williams EC, Armenta R, Rivera AC, Peterson AV, Jacobson IG, Littman AJ, Maynard C, Bricker JB, Rull RP, Boyko EJ. Longitudinal Examination of the Influence of Individual Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Clusters of Symptoms on the Initiation of Cigarette Smoking. J Addict Med. 2018 Jun 06. PMID: 29864086.
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    2. Bensley KM, Seelig AD, Armenta R, Rivera AC, Peterson AV, Jacobson IG, Littman AJ, Maynard C, Bricker JB, Boyko EJ, Rull RP, Williams EC. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Association With Subsequent Risky and Problem Drinking Initiation. J Addict Med. 2018 Jun 04. PMID: 29870423.
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    3. Armenta R, Rush T, LeardMann CA, Millegan J, Cooper A, Hoge CW. Factors associated with persistent posttraumatic stress disorder among U.S. military service members and veterans. BMC Psychiatry. 2018 02 17; 18(1):48. PMID: 29452590.
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    4. Horyniak D, Bojorquez I, Armenta R, Davidson PJ. Deportation of non-citizen military veterans: A critical analysis of implications for the right to health. Glob Public Health. 2017 Dec 15; 1-13. PMID: 29243564.
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    5. Horyniak D, Wagner KD, Armenta R, Cuevas-Mota J, Hendrickson E, Garfein RS. Cross-border injection drug use and HIV and hepatitis C virus seropositivity among people who inject drugs in San Diego, California. Int J Drug Policy. 2017 Sep; 47:9-17. PMID: 28683432.
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    6. Roth AM, Armenta R, Wagner KD, Strathdee SA, Goldshear JL, Cuevas-Mota J, Garfein RS. Cold Preparation of Heroin in a Black Tar Market. Subst Use Misuse. 2017 07 29; 52(9):1202-1206. PMID: 28605301.
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    7. Roth AM, Rossi J, Goldshear JL, Truong Q, Armenta R, Lankenau SE, Garfein RS, Simmons J. Potential Risks of Ecological Momentary Assessment Among Persons Who Inject Drugs. Subst Use Misuse. 2017 06 07; 52(7):840-847. PMID: 28426353.
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    8. Meacham MC, Strathdee SA, Rangel G, Armenta R, Gaines TL, Garfein RS. Prevalence and Correlates of Heroin-Methamphetamine Co-Injection Among Persons Who Inject Drugs in San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2016 Sep; 77(5):774-81. PMID: 27588536; PMCID: PMC5015469 [Available on 09/01/17].
    9. Collins KM, Armenta R, Cuevas-Mota J, Liu L, Strathdee SA, Garfein RS. Factors associated with patterns of mobile technology use among persons who inject drugs. Subst Abus. 2016 Oct-Dec; 37(4):606-612. PMID: 27092425.
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    10. Armenta R, Roth AM, Wagner KD, Strathdee SA, Brodine SK, Cuevas-Mota J, Munoz FA, Garfein RS. Prevalence and Correlates of the Use of Prefilled Syringes Among Persons Who Inject Drugs in San Diego, CA. J Urban Health. 2015 Dec; 92(6):1081-91. PMID: 26382653; PMCID: PMC4675744 [Available on 12/01/16].
    11. Crum-Cianflone NF, Frasco MA, Armenta R, Phillips CJ, Horton J, Ryan MA, Russell DW, LeardMann C. Prescription Stimulants and PTSD Among U.S. Military Service Members. J Trauma Stress. 2015 Dec; 28(6):585-9. PMID: 26536373.
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    12. Siddiqui SS, Armenta R, Evans JL, Yu M, Cuevas-Mota J, Page K, Davidson P, Garfein RS. Effect of legal status of pharmacy syringe sales on syringe purchases by persons who inject drugs in San Francisco and San Diego, CA. Int J Drug Policy. 2015 Nov; 26(11):1150-7. PMID: 26252980; PMCID: PMC4581911 [Available on 11/01/16].
    13. Wagner KD, Liu L, Davidson PJ, Cuevas-Mota J, Armenta R, Garfein RS. Association between non-fatal opioid overdose and encounters with healthcare and criminal justice systems: Identifying opportunities for intervention. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Aug 01; 153:215-20. PMID: 26091751; PMCID: PMC4512661.
    14. Collier MG, Bhaurla SK, Cuevas-Mota J, Armenta R, Teshale EH, Garfein RS. Awareness of HCV infection among persons who inject drugs in San Diego, California. Am J Public Health. 2015 Feb; 105(2):302-3. PMID: 25521877.
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    15. Armenta R, Abramovitz D, Lozada R, Vera A, Garfein RS, Magis-Rodríguez C, Strathdee SA. Correlates of perceived risk of HIV infection among persons who inject drugs in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Salud Publica Mex. 2015; 57 Suppl 2:s107-12. PMID: 26545125.
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    16. Armenta R, Kritz-Silverstein D, Wingard D, Laughlin GA, Wooten W, Barrett-Connor E, Araneta MR. Association of breastfeeding with postmenopausal visceral adiposity among three racial/ethnic groups. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Feb; 23(2):475-80. PMID: 25522135; PMCID: PMC4310786.
    17. Wagner KD, Armenta R, Roth AM, Maxwell JC, Cuevas-Mota J, Garfein RS. Use of synthetic cathinones and cannabimimetics among injection drug users in San Diego, California. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Aug 01; 141:99-106. PMID: 24916748; PMCID: PMC4114932.
    18. Riley P, Ben-Nun M, Armenta R, Linker JA, Eick AA, Sanchez JL, George D, Bacon DP, Riley S. Multiple estimates of transmissibility for the 2009 influenza pandemic based on influenza-like-illness data from small US military populations. PLoS Comput Biol. 2013; 9(5):e1003064. PMID: 23696723; PMCID: PMC3656103.