Veronica M. Herrera, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Co-director Social Equity Research and Policy Lab - 

Dr. Herrera


Phone: (657) 278 - 8531


Office:  GH 527

Office Hours:
M 1:00-2:00pm
W 4:00-5:00pm  
or by appointment 




  • 2001 Ph.D. in Psychology with concentration in Developmental Psychology, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Department of Psychology, Tucson, AZ
  • 1997 Masters of Arts in Psychology, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, Department of Psychology, Tucson, AZ
  • 1994 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English (Honors) MOUNT ST. MARY’S COLLEGE, Los Angeles, CA


Research Interests:

Labor Trafficking, Immigration, Violence Against Vulnerable Populations, Youth Risk Behavior


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Herrera, V.M. & Nuño, L.E. (2024) Challenges to identifying labor trafficking at the local level: A qualitative study of service providers and stakeholders in California. Journal of Human Trafficking, DOI: 10.1080/23322705.2023.2301216. 

  • Nuño, L.E., Herrera, V., & Soto, B. (2022). First Do No Harm: Why Anti-Immigrant Policies are a Public Health Concern. Journal of Public Health Policy. DOI 10.1057/s41271-022-00364-8.

  • Freemon, K., Herrera, V.M., & Katz, C.M. (2022). Family structure and delinquency in the English-speaking Caribbean: The moderating role of parental attachment, supervision, and peer influence. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. DOI: 10.1177/15412040221132192.

  • Nuño, L.E. & Herrera, V.M. (2020) Risk and protective factors related to alcohol and drug use amongst American Indian youth: An application of the social development model, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 21(3), 939-958.

  • Nuño, L.E., Herrera, V.M., Choate, D.E. & Koontz, M. (2019). Hispanic youth and illicit drug use: Assessing the relevance of risk and protective factors. Crime and Delinquency, 65, 1422-1454.