Scientific Leadership

Dr. Rotheram pursues research to find better ways to promote wellness, and she engages enthusiastically in the scientific community to be challenged and to challenge other scientists to conduct more rigorous, innovative, and effective work. Her leadership in disruptive technologies is one example of how she is asking science and prevention to progress intentionally and thoughtfully. To that end, Dr. Rotheram has been recognized with several awards and commendations for her work.

Dr. Rotheram is the Director of the prominent Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) at UCLA where she oversees dozens of groundbreaking national and international efforts related to all aspects of HIV and AIDS. Since 1993 she has been the Director of UCLA’s Center for Community Health where she guides researchers’ efforts to identify and address health disparities across different communities by using experts from a variety of fields. A decade later she co-founded and co-directs UCLA’s Global Center for Children and Families, an interdisciplinary and science-centric consortium redefining global family well-being. Committed to the eradication of HIV infection worldwide, she is Associate Director for Public Policy and Program Director for the AIDS in Asia program of the UCLA AIDS Institute Center for AIDS Research. Her outstanding work has led to appointments on many committees and boards.

As the most direct way of influencing the quality of science and advocacy for health and wellness, Dr. Rotheram highly values the students who work with her. She has been leading training sessions for 30 years. She has been a UCLA Professor for 21 years and before that spent 9 years at Columbia as a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Division of Child Psychiatry and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology.

She proudly notes 45 trainees whose research is making a difference in people’s lives, including 22 trainees who are now successful academic faculty members.

See Dr. Rotheram addressing an audience at Los Angeles City Hall. In an invigorating talk, she describes the discipline of implementation science and how the field is adapting to current research.