Lisa de Saxe Zerden, M.S.W., Ph.D.


Lisa de Saxe Zerden received her M.S.W. from the UCLA School of Public Affairs. In 2009 Dr. Zerden graduated with a Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Social Work and Sociology program at Boston University. Her research interests include health disparities, HIV/AIDS risk-related behaviors, harm reduction, cross-cultural prevention efforts, and social welfare policies . Currently, Dr. Zerden is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Social Work where she collaborates with CARS on research endeavors, publications and national regional and local presentations. Dr. Zerden primarily teaches in the Community Management and Policy Practice concentration and is a Board Member of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition.


Zerden, L.D., Lundgren, L., Chassler, D., Horowitz, A.C., Adorno, E., & Puttington, T. (In Press). Social and economic factors associated with recent incarceration and overall time spent in jail/prison for a US-Puerto Rican drug using criminal justice sample. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse.

Zerden, L.D., López, L.M., & Lundgren, L. (2012). HIV prevention with Puerto Rican injection
drug users. In K. C. Organista (Eds.), HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research, and Practice. (383-405). New York: Oxford University Press.

Zerden, L.D., Review of Family and HIV/AIDS: Cultural and Contextual Issues in Prevention and Treatment. Doody’s Review Service (on-line). Available: (April, 10, 2012).

Lundgren, L., Krull, I., Zerden, L.D., (2011). Attitudes toward evidence-based pharmacological treatments among community-based addiction treatment programs targeting vulnerable patient groups. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 30, 323–333.

Lundgren, L., Krull, I., Zerden, L.D., McCarty, D. (2011). Community-based addiction treatment staff attitudes about the usefulness of evidence-based treatment and CBO linkages to research institutions. Evaluation and Program Planning, 34(3/4), 356-365.

Lundgren, L., Amodeo, M., Krull, I., Chassler, D., Weidenfeld, R., Zerden, L.D., . . . Beltrame, C. (2011).
Addiction treatment provider attitudes on staff capacity and evidence-based clinical training: Results from a national study. The American Journal on Addictions, 20(3), 271-284.

Zerden, L.D., López, L.M., & Lundgren, L. (2010). Needle sharing among Puerto Rican injection drug users in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts: Place of birth and residence matter. Substance Use and Misuse, 45(10), 1605-1622.

Gonyea, J., Paris, R., & Zerden, L.D. (2008). Adult daughters and aging mothers: The role of guilt in the experience of caregiver burden. Aging & Mental Health, 12(5), 559-567.

López, L., Zerden, L.D., Fitzgerald, T., & Lundgren, L. (2008). Puerto Rican injection drug users: Prevention implications in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Evaluation and Program Planning, 31(1), 64-73.

Hahm, H., Lee, J., Zerden, L.D., Ozonoff, A., Amodeo, M., & Adkins, C. (2008). Longitudinal effects of perceived maternal approval on sexual behaviors of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) young adults. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 37, 74-84.

Delgado, M., & Zerden, L.D. (2007). Latino cultural assets and substance abuse services: Opportunity knocks. Special Edition Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 16(3/4), 135-142.

Delgado, M., & Zerden, L.D. (2007). Latino cultural assets and substance abuse services: Opportunity knocks. Reprinted in D. DeAnda (Ed.). Culturally diverse populations: Reflections from pioneers in education and research. New York: Haworth Press.

Zerden L.D., Zerden M., & Billingsworth, K. (2006) Caring for home based care workers: Understanding the needs, fears and motivations of frontline care workers in South Africa. Journal of Southern African HIV Medicine, 24, 38-45.