Ian Holloway


Assistant Professor of Social Welfare
Incoming Faculty Cluster Leader of Global Health and Social Services

Home Department: Social Welfare

Areas of Interest

Health disparities, HIV, substance use/misuse, social network analysis, intervention development, implementation science, global health.




Dr. Holloway is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Professor Holloway’s research focuses on understanding the multilevel contexts in which health risk and protective behaviors occur in order to inform theoretically driven, culturally tailored structural and social network-delivered interventions to improve the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority (LGBT) communities. Dr. Holloway holds dual masters degrees in social work and public health from Columbia University. His doctorate is in social work from the University of Southern California. Dr. Holloway’s international work focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Currently, Dr. Holloway is the Principal Investigator of a study funded by the UCLA Center for AIDS Research on the technology use and sexual risk behaviors of male sex workers in the Dominican Republic. This project seeks to assess the structure and composition of venue networks in which Dominican MSM sex workers meet clients and the characteristics of those networks related to alcohol and illicit drug use, and involvement in HIV risk and protective behaviors. A secondary aim is to determine how technology use (e.g., mobile phone, social media, text messaging) within personal social networks influences participants’ engagement in HIV risk/protective behaviors and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of technology-based social network interventions with Dominican MSM sex workers.

Selected Research

  1. Guilamo-Ramos V, Jaccard J, Dittus P, Bouris A, Holloway I, Casillas E. Adolescent expectancies, parent-adolescent communication, and intentions to have sexual intercourse in inner city, middle school youth. Ann Behav Med. 2007 Aug;34(1):56-66. PMCID: not applicable
  2. Wagner GJ, Holloway I, Ghosh-Dastidar, B., Ryan G, Kityo C, Mugyeni P. Factors associated with condom use among HIV clients in stable relationships with partners at varying risk for HIV in Uganda. AIDS Behav. 2010 Oct;14(5):1055-65. doi:10.1007/s10461-010-9673-4. PMCID: not applicable
  3. Holloway IW, Jones HE, Bell DL, Westhoff CL. Men’s preferences for sexually transmitted infection care services in a low-income community clinic setting in New York City. Am J Mens Health. 2011 May;5(3):208-15. doi:10.1177/1557988310370359. PMCID: not applicable