Jennifer Vargas Pemberton, Ph.D.


Dr. Pemberton (formerly Carmona) has been on faculty at UCLA as a Research Psychologist since 1996.  She has published articles and book chapters in the areas of child abuse, substance use, and HIV risk taking among ethnically diverse groups including the following: 
Newcomb, M.D., Munoz, D., & Carmona, J.V. (2009). Child sexual abuse consequences in community samples of Latino and European-American Adolescents. Child Abuse and Neglect.  

Liu, H., Longshore, D., Williams, J.K., Rivkin, I., Loeb, T., Warda, U.S., Carmona, J.V., Myers, H., Wyatt, G. (2005). Substance abuse and medication adherence among HIV-positive women with histories of child sexual abuse. AIDS and Behavior.
Wyatt, G.E., Carmona, J.V., Loeb, T. B., & Williams, J.K. (2005). HIV-Positive African American Women with Histories of CSA: Patterns of Substance Use and Barriers to Health Care. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Wyatt, G. E., Myers, H., Loeb, T.B., Liu, H., Carmona, J.V., Warda, N., Longshore, D., Rivkin, I., & Chin, D., (2005). The severity of child sexual abuse: Associations with HIV-positive women’s post-traumatic stress, trauma symptoms, and sexual risks. AIDS and Behavior.

Newcomb, M.D., & Carmona, J.V. (2004). Adult trauma and HIV status among Latinas: Effects upon psychological adjustment and substance use. AIDS and Behavior, 8 (4), 417-428.

Chin, D., Wyatt, G., Carmona, J., & Loeb, T. (2004). Child sexual abuse and HIV: An integrative risk reduction approach. In L. Koenig, A. O'Leary, L. Doll, & Pecquegnat, (Eds.), From Child Sexual Abuse to Adult Sexual Risk: Trauma, Revictimazation, and Intervention, pp. 233-250. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Wyatt, G.E., Longshore, D., Chin, D., Carmona, J.V., Loeb, T.B., Myers, H.F., Warda, N., Liu, H., & Rivkin, I. (2004). The efficacy of an integrated risk reduction intervention for HIV-positive women with child sexual abuse histories. AIDS and Behavior, 8 (4), 453-462.

Wayment, H.A., Wyatt, G.E., Tucker, M.B., Romero, G.J., Carmona, J.V., Newcomb, M.D., Solis, B.M., Riederle, M., & Mitchell-Kernan, C. (2003). Predictors of risky and precautionary sexual behaviors among single and married White women. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33 (4), 791-816.

Carmona, J. V., Newcomb, M.D., & Galaif, E.R. (2002). The prospective relations between drug problems and intimacy in a community sample of adults. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 21 (2), 129-156.

Loeb, T.B., Williams, J.K., Carmona, J. V., Rivkin, I., Wyatt, G.E., Chin, D., & Asuan-O'Brian, A. (2002). Child sexual abuse associations with the sexual functioning of adolescents and adults. Annual Review of Sex Research.13, 307-345.

Wyatt, G.E., Carmona, J. V., Loeb, T.B., Chin, D., & Ayala, A. (2002). Sexual abuse. In R. DiClemente & G Wingood (Eds.), Handbook of Women's Sexual Health and Reproductive Health, Chapter 11. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.  

Wyatt, G.E., Myers, H., Williams, J.K., Kitchen, C.R., Loeb, T., Carmona, J. V., Wyatt, L.E., Chin, D., & Presley, N. P. (2002). Does a history of trauma contribute to HIV risk for women of color?: Implications for prevention and policy. American Journal of Public Health, 92 (4), 660-665.

Galaif, E.R., Newcomb, M.D., & Carmona, J. V. (2001). Prospective
relationships between drug problems and work adjustment in a community sample of adults. Journal of Applied Psychology, 86 (2), 337-350.

Newcomb, M.D., Galaif, E.R., & Carmona, J. V. (2001). The drug-crime nexus among a community sample of adults. Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 15 (3), 185-193.

Wyatt, G.E., Axelrod, J., Chin, D., Carmona, J. V., & Loeb, T.B. (2000). Understanding the antecedents of relationship conflict among African Americans. Violence Against Women, 6 (5), 495-514.

Wyatt, G.E., Carmona, J. V., Loeb, T.B., Guthrie, D., Chin, D., & Gordon, G. (2000). Factors affecting HIV contraceptive decision-making among women. Sex Roles, 42 (8), 495-521. 
Carmona, J. V., Romero, G.J., & Loeb, T.B. (1999). The impact of HIV status and acculturation on Latinas’ sexual risk taking. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 5 (3), 209-221.

Newcomb, M.D., Carmona, J. V, & Galaif, E.R. (1999). Drug problems and psychological distress among a community sample of adults: Predictors, consequences, or confound? Journal of Community Psychology, 27, (4), 405-429.

Romero, G.J., Wyatt, G.E., Loeb, T.B., Carmona, J. V., & Solis, B. (1999). The prevalence and circumstances of child sexual abuse among Latina women. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 21 (3), 351-365.

Wyatt, G.E., Loeb, T.B., Romero, G.J, Solis, B., & Carmona, J. V. (1999). The prevalence and circumstances of child sexual abuse: Changes across a decade. Child Abuse and Neglect, 23, (1), 45-60.

Newcomb, M.D., Wyatt, G.E., Romero, G.J., Tucker, B.M., Wayment, H.A., Carmona, J. V., Solis, B., & Mitchell-Kernan, C., (1998). Acculturation, sexual risk taking, and health promotion among Latinas. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 45 (4), 454-467.

Wyatt, G.E., Tucker, M.B., Romero, G.J., Carmona, J. V., Newcomb, M.D., Wayment H.A., Loeb, T.B., Solis, B.M., & Mitchell-Kernan, C. (1997). Adapting a comprehensive approach to African American women's sexual risk taking. Journal of Health Education, 28 (6), 52-60.

Newcomb, M.D., Stollman, G.D., & Vargas, J.H. (1995). Adult children of alcoholics in and out of psychotherapy: Evaluating problems with intimacy and close relationships. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 25 (4), 279-296.