Walter Gómez

Walter GomezEducation

PhD (Expected May 2020)

University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
Dissertation Title: A syndemic perspective of sexual compulsivity among methamphetamine-using sexual minority men living with HIV
Committee: Kurt C. Organista, PhD (chair), Tina Sacks, PhD, MSW; Seth Holmes, PhD, MD; Adam Carrico, PhD (University of Miami)

Interests

  • HIV and Aging with HIV
  • Substance use interventions for sexual minority men
  • Structural, social, and cultural barriers to HIV prevention interventions
  • Social and sexual networks
  • Social capital and Social movements
  • Qualitative and Mixed methods in Social Welfare
  • Syndemics, Intersectionality, and Stress and Coping theories and frameworks

Email:  wgomezjr@berkeley.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Peer reviewed

Carrico, A. W., Gómez, W., Jain, J., Shoptaw, S., Discepola, M. V., Olem, D., ... & Evans, J. L. (2018). Randomized controlled trial of a positive affect intervention for methamphetamine users. Drug and alcohol dependence, 192, 8-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.07.029

Gómez, W., Olem, D., Andrews, R., Discepola, M. V., Ambrose, P., Dilworth, S. E., & Carrico, A. W. (2017). Optimizing contingency management with methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, https://doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2017.08.003

Carrico, A. W., Jain, J., Discepola, M., Olem, D., Andrews, R., Woods, W. J., Neilands, T. B., Shoptaw, S., Gómez, W., Dilworth, S. E., & Moskowitz, J.T. (2016). A community-engaged randomized controlled trial of an integrative intervention with HIV-positive, methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men. BMC Public Health,16(1), 673. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3325-1

Gmez, W., Flentje, A., Schustack, A., Ramirez-Forcier, J., Andrews, B., Dilworth, S.E., Riley, E.D., Curotto, A., & Carrico, A.W. (2016). Navigating barriers to vocational rehabilitation for HIV-positive persons. AIDS and Behavior, 20(5), 1132-1142. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-015-1261-1

Carrico, A. W., Gómez, W., Siever, M. D., Discepola, M. V., Dilworth, S. E., & Moskowitz, J.T. (2015). Pilot randomized controlled trial of an integrative intervention with methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(7), 1861-1867. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-015-0505-5

Carrico, A.W., Nation, A., Gómez, W., Sundberg, J., Dilworth, S., Johnson, M., Moskowitz, J.T., & Dawson-Rose, C. (2014). Pilot trial of an expressive writing intervention with HIV-positive methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Dec 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/adb0000031

Beougher, S. C., Gómez, W., & Hoff, C. C. (2011). The couple as context: Latino gay male couples and HIV. Culture, health & sexuality, 13(03), 299-312. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2010.528032

Book chapters and Monographs

Carrico, A. W., Gómez, W., & Reback, C. (2019) Evidence-based alcohol and substance use disorder treatment with sexual and gender minorities. In J. E. Pachankis & S. A. Safren (Eds.) Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Sexual and Gender Minorities.

Carrillo, H., Fontdevila, J., Brown, J., and Gómez, W. (2008) "Risk across borders: sexual contexts and HIV prevention challenges among Mexican gay and bisexual immigrant men. Findings and recommendations from the Trayectos Study. Monograph. 

Ortiz-Torres, B., Nieves Rosa, L., Gómez, W., Malavé, S. (2005) Transferencia de tecnología a organizaciones comunitarias (Technology transfer into community-based organizations). In N. Varas Díaz & I. Serrano-García (Eds.) Psicología comunitaria: Reflexiones, implicaciones y nuevos rumbos. (Community psychology: Reflections, implications and new paths.) (pp.443-462). Hato Rey, PR: Publicaciones Puertorriqueñas.

Works in Progress

Carrico, A.W., Neilands, T., Dilworth, S., Evans, J., Gmez, W., Jain, J., Gandhi, M., Shoptaw, S., Horvath, K., Coffin, L., Discepola, M., Andrews, R., Woods, W., Feaster, D., & Moskowitz, J.T. (Under review) Randomized controlled trial of a positive affect intervention to reduce HIV viral load in methamphetamine users.

Gómez, W., Holloway, I., & Grov, C. (Under review) PrEP uptake as a social movement among gay and bisexual men.

Gómez, W., Schustack, A., Carrico, A.W., & Batchelder A. (Under review) Positive reappraisal as a process of resilience among people living with HIV.

Gόmez, W. & Organista, K. C. (In Progress) Making the case for intersectionality in the evaluation of treatment for substance use among sexual minority men>

Gómez, W. (In Progress) Negotiating the clinical self in social work qualitative research: An autoethnographic perspective.

Gόmez, W., Carrico A.W., Batchelder A., Chai P., Dilworth S.E., Grov C., Boyer E., & Woods W.J. (In Progress) Sexual sensation seeking and transmission risk in the era of HIV treatment as prevention.

Gόmez, W., Gόmez, A. M. & Organista, K. C. (In Progress) (Re)positioning sexual health among populations underserved by PrEP: An institutional case study.

Gόmez, W. (In progress) How academic social workers negotiate their practice and research selves in the field.

Gόmez, W. (In progress) Qualitative research as a means to sustain social work's identity.

Presentations

Peer Reviewed

Carrico, A.W., Neilands, T.B., Dilworth, S.E., Evans, J., Gόmez, W, Jain, J., Gandhi, M., Shoptaw, S., Horvath, K.J., Coffin, L., Discepola, M.V., Andrews, R., Woods, W.J., Feaster, D.J., & Moskowitz, J.T. (2019). Randomized controlled trial of a positive affect intervention to reduce HIV viral Load in methamphetamine-using sexual minority men. International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science. Mexico City, Mexico. Poster presentation.

Gómez, W., Holloway, I., Pantalone, D., Flynn, A, & Grov, C. PrEP uptake as a social movement among gay and bisexual men. (2019). AIDS Impact. London, UK. Oral presentation.

Gόmez, W. (2019) How academic social workers negotiate their practice and research selves in the field. European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Edinburgh, Scotland. February, 2019. Oral presentation.

Gόmez, W., Ratliff, G.A., Dilworth S.E & Carrico A.W. (2019) Multi-level factors related to mental health services utilization among HIV+ methamphetamine-using sexual minority men. Society for Social Work and Research 23rd Annual Conference. Poster presentation.

Gόmez, W. (2019) Qualitative research as a means to sustain social work's identity. Society for Social Work and Research 23rd Annual Conference. Oral presentation.

Gόmez, W., Carrico A.W., Batchelder A., Chai P., Dilworth S.E., Grov C., Boyer E., & Woods W.J. (2018) Sexual sensation seeking and transmission risk in the era of HIV treatment as prevention. International AIDS Conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands. July, 2018. Poster presentation.

Gόmez W., Gόmez, A. M., Solis S., & Organista, K. C. (2018) (Re)positioning sexual health among populations underserved by PrEP: An institutional case study. Social Work and Sexualities Conference. Montreal, Canada. August, 2018. Oral presentation.

Gómez, W. (2018) Negotiating the self in "real" time: An autoethnographic account from an emerging social worker. European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Leuven, Belgium. February, 2018. Oral presentation.

Gómez, W., Schustack, A. & Carrico, A.W. (2017) Framing disability: The case of people living with HIV/AIDS engaging in vocational rehabilitation. Society of Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. January, 2017. Poster presentation.

Gómez, W., Schustack, A. & Carrico, A.W. (2016) Processes of resilience among people living with HIV/AIDS seeking vocational rehabilitation: A qualitative approach. XXI International AIDS Conference. Durban, South Africa. July, 2016. Poster presentation.

Gómez, W., Flentje, A. Schustack, A., Ramirez-Forcier, J., Andrews, B., Dilworth, S. Riley, E., Curotto, A., & Carrico, A.W. (2015) Barriers to vocational rehabilitation with HIV-positive persons in the United States. AIDS Impact. Amsterdam, Netherlands. July, 2015. Poster presentation.

Gómez, W., Schustack, A. Ramirez-Forcier, J., Curotto, A. & Carrico, A.W. (2015) Structural barriers to vocational rehabilitation outcomes with HIV-positive persons. 2nd Conference on Overcoming Health Disparities in the Bay Area: Focus on HIV & HCV. San Francisco, CA. February, 2015. Oral presentation.

Gómez, W. & Eversley, R. (2004) Self-esteem, peer influence and HIV risk taking among ethnic and sexual minority youth. National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Indianapolis, IN. April, 2004. Oral presentation.

Gómez, W., Toro-Alfonso, J. (2004) Género, hostigamiento y vulnerabilidad a infección con VIH/SIDA en hombres puertorriqueños que tienen sexo con hombres. (Gender, harassment and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS infection among Puerto Rican men who have sex with men.) Caribbean Conference on AIDS. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. March, 2004. Poster presentation.

Gómez, W., Gant, L. (2003) Ethnicity, sense of belonging and readiness for change among African Americans in residential treatment programs. 25th Annual COR Colloquium, Bethesda, MD. November, 2003. Oral presentation.

Nieves-Rosa, L. Ortiz-Torres, B., Malavé, S., Rojas-Cartagena, O., Gómez, W. (2003) Transferencia de tecnología o adopción de innovaciones: una mirada desde la comunidad. 29th Interamerican Congress on Psychology. Lima, Perú. July, 2003. Poster presentation.

Gómez, W. & Toro-Alfonso, J. (2003) Transgresión y represión: la construcción del género y experiencias de hostigamiento en hombres homosexuales. (Transgression and repression: the construction of gender y harassment experiences among homosexual men.) 29th Interamerican Congress on Psychology. Lima, Perú. July, 2003. Oral presentation.

Gómez, W., Ortiz-Torres, B. (2002) Las organizaciones de base comunitaria frente al proceso de Transferencia de Tecnología. (Community based organizations as they face the Technology Transfer process.) HOMINIS Congress on Psychology and the Social Sciences. Havana, Cuba. November, 2002. Oral and poster presentation.

Ortiz-Torres, B., Malavé, S., Nieves-Rosa, L., Gómez, W., Rosado, R. (2002) From efficacy to effectiveness evaluation: Methodical issues regarding technology transfer to CBOs working with Puerto Rican HIV+ gay men. XIV International AIDS Conference. Barcelona, Spain. July, 2002. Poster presentation.

Gómez, W. & Ortiz-Torres, B. (2002) La preparación de las organizaciones de base comunitaria para el proceso de transferencia de tecnología de una intervención para hombres gay VIH+. (The readiness of community-based organizations for the process of technology transfer of an intervention for HIV+ gay men.) Applied Social Science Symposium. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. April, 2002. Poster presentation.

Invited

Gómez, W. & Olem, D. (2018) Optimizing contingency management with a positive affect intervention for methamphetamine-using sexual minority men. Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. San Francisco, CA. November, 2018. Oral Presentation.

Gómez, W. (2016) Vocational rehabilitation among HIV+ people in San Francisco. HIV Health Services Planning Council. San Francisco, CA. April, 2016. Oral Presentation.

Gómez, W. Schustack, A. & Carrico, AW (2014) Review of vocational rehabilitation and health outcomes among HIV-positive clients. Positive Resource Center Staff Meeting. March, 2014. Oral Presentation.

Gómez, W. (2006) Racial politics of sex and risk among MSM sex workers: A pilot study. Advanced Qualitative Methods Graduate course; UCSF School of Nursing. San Francisco, CA. March, 2006. Oral presentation.

Gómez, W. & Gant, L. (2003) Ethnicity, sense of belonging and readiness for change among African Americans in residential treatment programs. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor SROP Symposium. August, 2003. Oral presentation.

Gómez, W. & Gant, L. (2003) Agency context and substance abuse treatment outcomes. 2003 SROP Conference. Minneapolis, MN. July, 2003. Roundtable discussion.

Gómez, W., Toro-Alfonso, J. (2003) Transgresión y represión: la construcción del género y experiencias de hostigamiento en hombres homosexuales. (Transgression and repression: the construction of gender y harassment experiences among homosexual men.) COR Program Open House. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. April, 2003. Poster presentation.

Gómez, W., Eversley, R. (2002) Self-esteem, peer influence and HIV risk taking among ethnic and sexual minority youth. University of California, San Francisco Summer Research Training Program. July-August, 2002. Oral and poster presentation.

Gómez, W., Quintero, A. (2001) La relación entre los factores socioeconómicos y el surgimiento de ritmos caribeños. (The relationship between socioeconomic factors and the development of Caribbean rhythms.) High School COR Summer Research Training Program. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. July, 2001. Oral presentation.

Academic Honors

2000-2004: Dean’s List. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. 

Fellowships and Awards

2019-present: NIAAA T-32 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Graduate Research Training in Alcohol Problems: Alcohol-Related Disparities program at the Alcohol Research Group. Mentor: Amy Mericle, PhD

2018 (October): University of California, Berkeley Social Welfare Dean's Conference Travel Award.

2017 (December): University of California, Berkeley Social Welfare Dean's Conference Travel Award.

2016 (November): City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health Multicultural Student Stipend Award.

2016 (October): University of California, Berkeley Social Welfare Dean's Conference Travel Award.

2016 (May): University of California, Berkeley Graduate Division Conference Travel Grant.

2016 (April): University of California, Berkeley Social Welfare Dean's Conference Travel Award.

2015-2019: University of California, Berkeley Chancellor's Fellowship for Graduate Study.

2005-2007: NIDA Minority Research Fellowship. Mentor: Philippe Bourgois, PhD

2004: Dean of Health Fellowship. University of California, San Francisco.

2001-2004: NIMH Research Training Fellowship.

Teaching Experience

2019 (Spring): Graduate Student Instructor. University of California, Berkeley.
SW 282B: Seminar in Social Welfare Research.
Duties: Co-lead lectures, lead lectures with focus on qualitative research methods, assist with grading student assignments, consult with students in class and over office hours to support research progress.

2018 (Fall): Graduate Student Instructor. University of California, Berkeley.
SW 282A: Seminar in Social Welfare Research.
Duties: Co-lead lectures, lead lectures with focus on qualitative research methods, assist with grading student assignments, consult with students in class and over office hours to support research progress.

2018 (Spring): Graduate Student Instructor. University of California, Berkeley.
SW 114: Social Work Practice.
Duties: Lead all discussion sessions, lead selected lecture sessions, grade all student assignments.

2017 (Fall): Graduate Student Instructor. University of California, Berkeley.
SW 114: Social Work Practice.
Duties: Lead all discussion sessions, lead selected lecture sessions, grade all student assignments.

2017 (Fall): Guest Lecturer. University of California, Berkeley.
SW 274: Immigrants & Refugees in the U.S.: Policies, Programs and Practices.
Duties: Lecture on current policies and advocacy efforts around immigration in the US.

Research Experience

2017-2019. Graduate Student Researcher. University of California, Berkeley.
Supervisor: Anu Gómez, PhD.
Duties: Qualitative data collection, analysis and dissemination.

2015-present. Research Associate. University of California, San Francisco.
Supervisor: Adam Carrico, PhD.
Duties: Qualitative data collection, analysis and dissemination.

2010-2015. Project Director. University of California, San Francisco.
Supervisor: Adam Carrico, PhD.
Duties: Quantitative data collection, qualitative data collection and analysis, staff training and supervision, academic writing.

2007-2009. Graduate Research Assistant. University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University.
Supervisor: Colleen Hoff, PhD.
Duties: Translation of study materials, recruitment, qualitative data collection, analysis and dissemination.

2006-2009. Graduate Research Assistant. University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University.
Supervisor: Héctor Carrillo, PhD.
Duties: Qualitative data analysis and dissemination.

2005-2007. Graduate Research Assistant. University of California, San Francisco.
Supervisor: Philippe Bourgois, PhD.
Duties: Ethnographic research, qualitative interviewing, interview transcription and qualitative data analysis.

2005 (May-July). Graduate Research Assistant. University of California, San Francisco.
Supervisor: Carroll Estes, PhD.
Duties: Contact identification, qualitative data collection and analysis.

2004-2005. Graduate Research Assistant. University of California, San Francisco.
Supervisor: Elizabeth Smith, PhD.
Duties: Literature search, literature revisions, qualitative analysis.

2003-2004. Research Assistant. University Center of Psychological Services and Evaluation, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Supervisor: Nelson Varas-Díaz, PhD.
Duties: Literature search, literature revision, interview design and participant recruitment and interviewing.

2003 (Summer). Research Assistant. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Summer Research Opportunity Program.
Supervisor: Larry M. Gant, PhD.
Duties: Literature search, literature revision, protocol design, IRB application submission, quantitative data analysis (SPSS), designing and conducting two presentations.

2002-2004. Research Assistant. University Center of Psychological Services and Evaluation, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Supervisor: José Toro-Alfonso, PhD.
Duties: Literature search, literature revision, survey design, survey distribution, SPSS Builder usage, quantitative data analysis (SPSS), designing and conducting a presentation and drafting a paper for submission.

2002 (Summer). Research Assistant. University of California, San Francisco, Summer Research Training Program.
Supervisor: Rani Eversley, PhD.
Duties: Literature search, literature revision, quantitative data analysis (SPSS) and designing and conducting a presentation.

2001-2003. Research Assistant. University Center of Psychological Services and Evaluation, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Supervisor: Blanca Ortiz-Torres, JD, PhD.
Duties: Literature search, literature revision, interview transcription, qualitative data analysis (NVivo), designing and conducting three presentations.

2001(Summer). Research Assistant. Center of Social Research, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, PR.
Supervisor: Angel Quintero, PhD.
Duties: Literature search, literature revision and designing and conducting a presentation.

Clinical Experience

2016-2017. MWS Intern.
Mission Mental Health. San Francisco, CA.
Supervisor: Fiona Glas, LCSW.
Duties: Biopsychosocial assessments, individual psychotherapy, group co-facilitating, case management.

2015-2016. MSW Intern.
La Clínica de la Raza, Casa del Sol. Oakland, CA.
Supervisor: Joseph Perales, ASW, DrPH
Duties: Biopsychosocial assessments, individual and family psychotherapy, group co-facilitating, case management.

Peer Review

2019-present. Qualitative Health Research.

2018-present. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

2018-present. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

2016-present. AIDS and Behavior.

Student and Professional Affiliations

2016-present. Society for Social Work and Research.

2004 (June-August). Student advisor for UCSF’s Summer Research Training Program.

2004-2009. American Sociological Association.

2004-2009. Students for Social Security/Concerned Scientists in Aging. (UCSF)

2001-2004. Member Career Opportunities in Research Program (COR).

Workshops

2013. Atlas.ti Workshop.

2003. Case study/Focus group training

2002. PubMed. UCSF Summer Research Training Program.

2002. Qualitative Interview Training.

2002. NVivo Workshop.

2002. SPSS Workshop.

2001. Microsoft FrontPage.

2001. Career Opportunities in Research Summer Workshops.

Service

2018-present. Doctoral Student Representative. School of Social Welfare. University of California, Berkeley.

2018-2019. Student Representative. School of Social Welfare Dean Search Committee. University of California, Berkeley.

2018- 2019. School of Social Welfare Graduate Assembly Delegate (Alternate). University of California, Berkeley.

2017-2018. Recruitment and Retention Committee. School of Social Welfare. University of California, Berkeley.

2017-2018. Methods Evaluation Committee. School of Social Welfare. University of California, Berkeley.