Associate Research Psychologist
Dr. Loeb works at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and has most recently been an Investigator for a study housed in the UCLA Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities. In this capacity, she examines the impact that sociocultural factors, economic status, ethnicity, gender, and cumulative histories of child trauma and adversity have on mental and physical health among ethnically diverse samples of men and women. This background in research has provided her with rich opportunities to conceptualize complex relationships among psychological variables, as well as conduct interviews and collect both quantitative and qualitative data. She is particularly interested in issues concerning the measurement of child sexual abuse.
Dr. Loeb has also recently worked on the Fogarty International Collaborative Program, a multi-disciplinary training program for research in trauma, injury and the effects on health and mental health. Dr. Loeb mentored fellows and assisted them in training to conduct research that addressed the biological, social and psychological factors related to trauma, injury and its effects.
Dr. Loeb was the Principal Investigator for the NIMH-funded grant “Disclosure & Appraisal of CSA: Relationships with PTSD, Depression and Biomarkers”, housed in the The Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities. This study investigated the relationship between the severity of child sexual abuse, disclosure and appraisal of child sexual abuse on depression, PTSD, and biological indicators of stress among African American and Latino women and resulted in the publication of numerous manuscripts.
Dr. Loeb provided data management and coding of sexual abuse data for the NIHM-funded “HIV/STD Risk Reduction in African American Couples”, an interactive U10 Government Cooperative with University of Pennsylvania, Columbia and Emory Universities. The study was a five-year randomized clinical trial with African American, serodiscordant couples.