Claradina Soto, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences

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Dr. Claradina Soto (Navajo/Jemez Pueblo) is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. She has over 20 years of partnering with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations in public health, collaborating with urban and Tribal communities in CA to reduce and prevent mental health disparities, cancer prevalence, commercial tobacco use, and substance use and opioid use disorders. She collaborates on several research projects funded by NIH/FDA, Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), Department of Health Care Services, and the Office of Health Equity. She teaches courses in the Master of Public Health and Health Promotion programs at USC and mentors undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Soto is a longtime advocate for the AI/AN communities and other priority populations to advance health equity and reduce health disparities.

Courses Taught

    Culture, Lifestyle, and Health
    Foundations in Health Education and Promotion
    Gender and Minority Health Issues
    Practice of Public Health
    Culture and Health: Global Perspectives
    Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


  • Wellness Tour for Tribal Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Uniting Sacred Space with Western Medicine to Prevent Substance Use J Community Health. 2023 Oct 17. . View in PubMed
  • Implementation of medication for opioid use disorder treatment in Indian health clinics in California: A qualitative evaluation J Subst Use Addict Treat. 2023 12; 155:209115. . View in PubMed
  • American Indian and Alaska Native substance use treatment: Barriers and facilitators according to an implementation framework J Subst Use Addict Treat. 2023 12; 155:209095. . View in PubMed
  • Examining multilevel influences on parental HPV vaccine hesitancy among multiethnic communities in Los Angeles: a qualitative analysis BMC Public Health. 2023 03 22; 23(1):545. . View in PubMed
  • An opioid and substance use disorder needs assessment study for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in California Psychol Addict Behav. 2022 Aug; 36(5):429-439. . View in PubMed
  • Exploring Culturally Based Treatment Options for Opioid Use Disorders Among American Indian and Alaska Native Adults in California J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2022 Jul; 83(4):613-620. . View in PubMed
  • Substance and Behavioral Addictions among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Mar 03; 19(5). . View in PubMed
  • Project SUN: Pilot Study of a Culturally Adapted Smoking Cessation Curriculum for American Indian Youth J Drug Educ. 2022 Mar; 51(1-2):10-31. . View in PubMed
  • Centering racial justice for Black/African American and Indigenous American people in commercial tobacco product regulation Prev Med. 2022 12; 165(Pt B):107117. . View in PubMed
  • A qualitative assessment of the perceptions and attitudes towards commercial tobacco policies and education among tribal communities in California Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2022 01 02; 48(1):49-57. . View in PubMed
  • Prevalence, Co-Occurrence, and Correlates of Substance and Behavioral Addictions Among American Indian Adolescents in California J Drug Educ. 2021 03; 50(1-2):31-44. . View in PubMed
  • Commercial Tobacco Retailing in Tribal Jurisdictions: A Field Study Am J Health Behav. 2021 03 01; 45(2):226-238. . View in PubMed
  • Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Data Sovereignty: Ethical Issues Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2021; 28(2):77-97. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of e-cigarette marketing and availability in tobacco retail outlets among diverse low-income communities in California Tob Control. 2020 07; 29(4):469-471. . View in PubMed
  • Cigarette and E-Cigarette Retail Marketing on and Near California Tribal Lands Health Promot Pract. 2020 01; 21(1_suppl):18S-26S. . View in PubMed
  • Point-of-sale marketing of little cigars and cigarillos on and near California Tribal lands Tob Control. 2020 01; 29(1):122-124. . View in PubMed
  • Spirituality, Ethnic Identity, and Substance Use among American Indian/Alaska Native Adolescents in California Subst Use Misuse. 2020; 55(7):1194-1198. . View in PubMed
  • Tobacco Industry Marketing Exposure and Commercial Tobacco Product Use Disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives Subst Use Misuse. 2020; 55(2):261-270. . View in PubMed
  • Statewide collaborative partnerships among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities in California to target the opioid epidemic: Preliminary results of the Tribal Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) key informant needs assessment J Subst Abuse Treat. 2020 Jan; 108:9-19. . View in PubMed
  • Pro-tobacco marketing and anti-tobacco campaigns aimed at vulnerable populations: A review of the literature Tob Induc Dis. 2019; 17:68. . View in PubMed
  • Managers’ Practices of Tobacco and Marijuana Smoking Policies in Hispanic-Occupied Multiunit Housing Health Equity. 2019; 3(1):304-311. . View in PubMed
  • Stressful life events, ethnic identity, historical trauma, and participation in cultural activities: Associations with smoking behaviors among American Indian adolescents in California Addict Behav. 2015 Nov; 50:64-9. . View in PubMed
  • Training leaders from priority populations to implement social norm changes in tobacco control: lessons from the LAAMPP Institute Health Promot Pract. 2011 Nov; 12(6 Suppl 2):195S-8S. . View in PubMed
  • The relevance of cultural activities in ethnic identity among California Native American youth J Psychoactive Drugs. 2011 Oct-Dec; 43(4):343-8. . View in PubMed
  • Cultural values associated with substance use among Hispanic adolescents in southern California Subst Use Misuse. 2011; 46(10):1223-33. . View in PubMed
  • Translation of health programs for American Indians in the United States Eval Health Prof. 2008 Jun; 31(2):124-44. . View in PubMed
  • Perceptions of ceremonial and nonceremonial uses of tobacco by American-Indian adolescents in CaliforniaJ Adolesc Health. 2006 Apr; 38(4):443. e9-16. . View in PubMed