Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics at UCLA
Dr. Alma Guerrero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA. She received her medical degree and completed her residency training at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Guerrero’s research and clinical work focuses on how to leverage cultural and home contextual factors to address early childhood health and weight outcomes, particularly among high-risk populations. Her research to date has examined: early childhood weight trajectories among racial and ethnic groups of children using longitudinal data, mother and father perceptions of childhood obesity in young Latino children using qualitative methodology, obesogenic dietary practices among the major racial and ethnic subgroups of California children, and most recently a family-focused early childhood obesity prevention pilot program with Latino families using mobile phones and principles of community-based research. These areas of research have been supported by nationally competitive federal and foundation grants. Dr. Guerrero practices general pediatrics at a Federally Qualified Health Center (Venice Family Clinic) serving and supporting vulnerable populations. She is also the Assistant Medical Director for UCLA’s Fit for Healthy Weight Program for children.