Gladys E. Ibañez, PhD

Gladys E. Ibañez, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director


Office: AHC5 478

Phone: 305-348-4920



HIV, substance abuse, LGBT health research, intervention development, qualitative methodology


Dr. Gladys E. Ibañez received her doctorate in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2002; and obtained a post-doctoral fellowship from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her research focus is HIV, substance abuse, qualitative methodology, LGBT health research, and intervention development. She has a special interest in Latino populations, and integrative medicine. She has served as either principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous federally funded research projects including the development of a culturally appropriate HIV prevention intervention for Latino criminal justice clients.

Currently, she is principal investigator on an NIH funded study examining a mind-body intervention for people aging with HIV. She is also part of a large, collaborative project with the University of Florida’s Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC), overseeing a study on alcohol use among people living with HIV in Florida (The Florida Cohort Study), and another study on marijuana use and neurocognitive functioning among people living with HIV.


Ibañez, G.E., Zhou, Z,, Algarin, A.B., Ayala, D.V., Spencer, E.C., Somboonwit, C., Teo, G.M., Cook, R.L. (2021). Incarceration History and HIV Care Among Individuals Living with HIV in Florida, 2014-2018. AIDS Behav. doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03250-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33959828.

Ibañez, G.E., Zhou, Z., Cook, C.L., Slade, T., Somboonwit, C., Morano, J., Harman, J., Bryant, K., Whitehead, N.E., Brumback, B., Algarin, A., & Cook, R.L. (2020). The Florida Cohort Study: Methodological challenges and lessons learned in the design and implementation of a new cohort of persons living with HIV (PLWH). AIDS Care.

Ibañez, G. E., Algarin, A. B., Jaber, R., Ayala, D. V., Martin, S. S., & O’Connell, D. J. (2019). Gender, age, and ethnic differences in offending behavior among Hispanic/Latino criminal justice clients. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 17(4), 339–360.

Ibañez, G.E., Agudo, M.V., Martin, S.S., O’Connell, D.J., Auf, R., & Sheehan, D. (2017). Offending behavior, drug use, and mental health among foreign-born and U.S. born Latino criminal justice clients. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19, 674-685. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0542-8.

Ibañez, G.E., Whitt, E., Avent, T., Martin, S.S., Varga, L.M., Cano, M.A., & O’Connell, D.J. (2017). “Love and trust, you can be blinded”: HIV Risk within Relationships among Latina Women in Miami, Florida. Ethnicity and Health, 22, 510-527. doi:10.1080/13557858.2016.1244737.

Ibañez, G.E., Whitt, E., De la Rosa, M., Martin, S., O’Connell, D., & Castro, J.G. (2016). Developing a culturally adapted HIV and hepatitis C prevention intervention for Latino criminal justice clients. Journal of Correctional Healthcare, 22, 206-217.

Ibañez, G.E., Dillon, F., Rojas, P., Sanchez, M., de la Rosa, M. & Villar, M. (2015). Changes in family cohesion and acculturative stress among recent Latino immigrants. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 24, 219-234. DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2014.991979

Current research grants

Principal Investigator, A Mind-Body Intervention to reduce symptoms among older adults living with HIV, 2018-2021. National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (R34 AT009966; NCCIH), $592,000.

Co-investigator (and site-PI), Health outcomes and cognitive effects of marijuana use among persons living with HIV/AID, 2017-2022. National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01 DA042069). PI: Robert Cook, $3,259,000.

Co-investigator (and site-PI), Identifying barriers to HIV viral suppression in transgender populations in Florida: A Florida cohort supplemental study.  (U24AA022002), 2019-2020. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, $49,136. PI: Robert Cook

Co-investigator (and site-PI), Alzheimer’s gut microbiome grant supplement for MAPLE. (R01 DA042069). National Institute on Drug Abuse. $87,900. PI: Robert Cook