Gladys E. Ibañez


Assistant Professor, Deparment of Epidemiology


HIV, Substance Abuse, LGBT Health Research, integrative medicine


Dr. Gladys Ibañez received her doctorate in psychology from Georgia State University in 2002 and obtained a postdoctoral 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 criminal justice and health issues.

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 part of a collaborative project with the University of Florida’s Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC), overseeing a study on alcohol use among HIV+ individuals in Florida (The Florida Cohort Study).


  • Georgia State University, MA, Ph.D.
  • Appalachian State University, MA
  • Florida International University, BA


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. https://doi.org/10.1080/15377938.2019.1661058

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.



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