Claudia Diaz Olavarrieta, Ph.D., M.S.

Claudia Diaz Olavarrieta is a Senior Researcher in Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. Before joining the Institute of Public Health, she spent four years working at the Population Council’s Regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Diaz Olavarrieta received her master’s degree in clinical psychology and her doctorate in health sciences from the School of Medicine at the National Autonomous University in México.

Research Interests & Projects

Diaz Olavarrieta’s interests in the field of migration and health include domestic violence and battering patterns among Mexican migrant men and women as well as their experience with sexual violence crossing the México-U.S. border. Olavarrieta’s doctoral dissertation analyzed the effects of violence in the home on women’s health, substance abuse and depressive disorders. More recently, she completed preliminary field work at the Mexican consulate in Dallas to explore risk factors for sexually transmitted infections and HIV among Mexican migrant men. This field work resulted in an invitation to be part of the Seminar on International Migration organized by El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and El Colegio de México. Currently, she focuses upon efforts to include questions related to migration in Mexican health surveys. She is currently the co-principal investigator of a project entitled Experiences of Mexican Women When Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health in Mexico and California: Effects of Globalization and Immigration Policies, funded by theHealth Initiative of the Americas, University of California, Berkeley.

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Wilson, K., Eggleston, E.. Diaz-Olavarrieta, C., and Garcia. S. (2010) HIV/STI risk among male Mexican immigrants in Dallas, Texas: findings from a pilot study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. In press.

Frank, Reanne, Palma-Coca, Oswaldo, Rauda-Esquivel, Juan, Olaiz-Fernández, Gustavo, Díaz-Olavarrieta, Claudia, and Acevedo-García, Dolores. (July 2009) The Relationship Between Remittances and Health Care Provision in Mexico. American Journal of Public Health 99: 1227 -1231.

Díaz Olavarrieta, Claudia, Paz, Francisco, Abuabara, Katrina, Martínez, Hugo B. Ayala, Kolstad, Kathleen, and Palermo, Tia. (2007) Abuse during pregnancy in Mexico City. International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 97:1. 57-64.

Díaz Olavarrieta, Claudia, García, Sandra G., Feldman, Becca Seitchik , Martinez Polis, Alberto, Revollo, Rita, Tinajeros, Freddy, and Grossman, Daniel. (2007) Maternal syphilis and domestic violence in Bolivia: A gender-based analysis of implications for partner notification and universal screening. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 34:7. S42-6.

Johnson, Shannon A., Mamary, Edward, Diaz Olavarrieta, Claudia, and Garcia, Sandra G. (March 2007) Partner notification for maternal syphilis: An assets framework for examining patient-led strategies in Bolivia. Social Science and Medicine. 65(6): 1124-1135.

Garcia, Sandra G. Tinajeros, Freddy, Revollo, Rita, Yam, Eileen A., Richmond, Kara, Diaz-Olavarrieta, Claudia, and Grossman, Daniel (December 13, 2006) Demonstrating Public Health at Work: A Demonstration Project of Congenital Syphilis Prevention Efforts in Bolivia. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Pre-Pub. 34:7. S37-41.

Levin, Carol E., Steele, Matthew, Atherly, Deborah, Garcia, Sandra G., Tinajeros, Freddy, Revollo, Rita, Richmond, Kara, Diaz-Olavarrieta, Claudia, Martin, Tom, Floriano, Florencia, Massango, Isabel, and Gloyd, Stephen. (January 10, 2007) Analysis of the Operational Costs of Using Rapid Syphilis Tests for the Detection of Maternal Syphilis in Bolivia and Mozambique. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 34:7. S47:54.

Diaz-Olavarrieta, C., Garcia, S., Richmond, K., Revollo, R., Wilson, K, and Paz, F. (2009) Co-occurrence of intimate partner violence and syphilis among pregnant women in Bolivia, Journal of Women’s Health 18(12):1-10.

Palermo, Tia M., Wilson, Kate S., García, Sandra G., and Díaz Olavarrieta, Claudia. (2010) Abortion and women’s roles in society: Opinions from Tlaxcala, Mexico. Salud Pública de México. 52(1):54-62.