Maria Cecilia Zea

Professor of Clinical/Community Psychology
Room 209
Address: Building GG
2125 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-6321
Fax: 202-994-1602


Current Research

My research interests include psychosocial and behavioral factors relevant to HIV/AIDS and sexual risk among Latino men who have sex with men.  I am particularly interested in examining the role of cultural, situational, and structural contexts, as well as the relevant individual characteristics on HIV risk.  I have been the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded project on disclosure of HIV status among Latino gay men, and of two NICHD-funded projects. The first one, on contextual factors of sexual risk among Latino men who have sex with men, and the second one on HIV prevalence, sexual risk, and attitudes towards circumcision among Colombian MSM (with Paul Poppen, Carol A. Reisen, and Fernanda Bianchi). I have been a co-investigator in an NICHD-funded project on HIV risk among Latino day laborers: structural, social, and individual factors (F. Bianchi, P.I.) and on a NIDA-funded project to study sexuality, HIV/drug use among Asian gay and bisexual men (F. Wong, PI).  I am also a co-investigator of the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (A. Greenberg, P.I.). 


Ph.D. 1990, University of Maryland


Zea, M.C., Reisen, C.A., del Río González*, A.M., Bianchi, F.T., Ramirez-Valles, J., & Poppen, P.J. (2015).  HIV prevalence and awareness of serostatus among MSM in Bogotá, Colombia.  American Journal of Public Health.  First Published on line.  DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302307

Reisen, C.A., Zea, M.C., Bianchi, F.T., Poppen, P.J., del Rio-González*, A. M., Aguayo-Romero*, R., & Pérez, C. (2014). HIV testing among MSM in Bogotá, Colombia: The role of structural and individual characteristics.  AIDS Education and Prevention, 26(4), 328-344.

Zea, M. C., Aguilar-Pardo, M., Betancourt, C. F., Reisen, C. A., & Gonzales*, F. (2014).  Mixed methods research with internally displaced Colombian gay and bisexual men and transwomen. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 8(3), 212-221. DOI: 10.1177/1558689814527941

Zea, M. C., Reisen, C. A., Bianchi, F. T., Gonzales*, F., Betancourt, F., Aguilar, M., & Poppen, P. J.  (2013). Armed conflict, homonegativity, and forced internal displacement:  Implications for HIV among Colombian gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.  Culture, Health, & Sexuality 15(7), 788-803.  doi: 10.1080/13691058.2013.779028

Zea, M. C., Reisen, C. A., Poppen, P. J., & Bianchi, F. T. (2009).  Unprotected anal intercourse among Latino MSM:  the role of characteristics of the person and the sexual encounter.  AIDS & Behavior, 13, 700-715. 

Zea, M. C., & Belgrave, F. Z.  (2009).  Mentoring and research capacity-building experiences:  Acculturating to research from the experience of the trainee.  American Journal of Public Health, 99, S16-S19.

*indicates current or former student author