Global Psychiatry

Community Psychiatry


Integrated Substance Abuse Program (ISAP UCLA)

Director, International Programs

Research Sociologist

Sherry Larkins, Ph.D., has worked for Friends Research Institute and UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs since 1998. She currently directs ISAP’s International Training and Education efforts, including 2 SAMHSA-funded projects in Southeast Asia. She also leads the training and education efforts of ISAP’s visiting scholars. Prior to her current position, she directed training and technical assistance initiates for the Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health. She’s led multiple epidemiological and clinical research studies, including ones investigating the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among substance users, and others that focus on treatment interventions. She has been involved in substance abuse research for over 20 years and completed her doctorate in medical sociology at Rutgers University in 1999. Her research interests include stimulant abuse, substance abuse treatment for marginalized populations, sexual risk behaviors associated with substance use, and qualitative methodologies.


​Jeanette M. Tetrault MD, Michael L. Green MD, Steve Martino PhD, Stephen F. Thung MD, Linda C. Degutis DrPHMSN, Sheryl A. Ryan MD, Shara Martel MPH, Michael V. Pantalon PhD, Steven L. Bernstein MD, Patrick G. O’Connor MDMPH, David A. Fiellin MD, & Gail D’Onofrio MDMS (2012): Developing and Implementing a Multispecialty Graduate Medical Education Curriculum on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Substance Abuse, 33:2, 168-181.

Nora D.Volkow, MD, George F. Koob, PhD, & A. Thomas McLellan, PhD. (2016). Neurobiologic Advances from the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. NEJM, 374:4, 363-371.

Wayne D Hall, George Patton, Emily Stockings, Megan Weier, Michael Lynskey, Katherine I Morley, & Louisa Degenhardt. (2016). Why Young People’s Substance Use Matters for Global Health. Lancet, 3: 265-279.

David Mee-Lee, A. Thomas McLellan, & Scott D. Miller. (2010). What works in substanace abuse and dependence treatment. In: The Heart & Soul of Change: 2nd Edition. Barry L. Duncan, Scott D. Miller, Bruce E. Wampold, & Mark A. Hubble (Eds.). American Psychological Association.


Projects related to:

  • Hanoi Medical University (past research training site for the DGSOM Short Term Training Program)

  • Services: for addiction treatment; HIV testing and care; Hep C testing and care; LGBT-focused activities

  • Research: active NIH-funded research on-site