Tamra Loeb, PhD

Tamra Loeb, PhD

Project Director

Dr. Tamra Burns Loeb is an Associate Research Psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been an investigator in the UCLA Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities for several decades. Her work focuses on examining the role of trauma and adversity in driving mental health disparities among culturally and socioeconomically diverse men and women in the United States and South Africa. Dr. Loeb has helped to develop novel strategies to assess consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, family adversity, discrimination, and other types of adversity, their context, and their relationships to mental health outcomes. She is a co-author of the intervention, Healing Our Women, accepted in 2015 into the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association (SAMHSA). Since 2005, she has been an invited reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Child Abuse and Neglect, Violence and Victims, Child Maltreatment, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, AIDS Care, and the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Loeb has trained numerous master’s and doctoral students from South Africa to conduct research that addresses biological, social, and psychological factors related to trauma and injury. She traveled to South Africa in 2019 to conduct qualitative interviews among graduates of two international programs, Phodiso and Tirisano, to evaluate perceptions of the quality of their coursework, mentorship, and research experiences. Her recent work has focused on the development of an intervention to decrease cardiovascular risks among men and women living with HIV with trauma exposure.