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Julie Zuniga | Assistant Professor

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Phone: 512 471-4696

Office: NUR 3.438
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

Website: Dr. Julie Zuniga's Reseach Site

Dr. Julie Zuniga is an assistant professor. Her research interest include self-management of stigmatized illnesses in conjunction with co-morbid conditions, with a focus on HIV and diabetes. Dr. Zuniga received her doctorate in nursing at The University of Texas at Austin and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


2018: Early Science Investigator Award from the Southern Nursing Research Society
2017: Young Researcher Award from American Public Health Association – Public Health Nursing Section

Active Research

  • Zuniga, J. (PI), Garcia A., West-Ohueri, C., “Investigating Self-Management of the Dual Diagnosis of HIV and Diabetes”. National Institute of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research (R15NR017579

Completed Research

  • Zuniga, J., (PI), Harrison, M., García, A. “Investigating Biomarkers in Persons with Dual Diagnoses of HIV and Diabetes” The St. David’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations. Pilot Project.
  • Zuniga, J. (Co-I). Household Level Assessment (HoLA). School of Medicine
  • Zuniga, J (PI), CommUnity Care Healthcare Utilization. 


  • Zuñiga, J.A., García, Fordyce, J., Park, J., Huang, Y.C., Champion, J. Predictors of Flu Vaccination in Persons Living with HIV. (In Press) Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
  • Zuniga, JA., Lin, L.C., Horton, S., Todd, A., Garcia, AA., (In Press) Creation and Implementation of a Yoga and Meditation Program to Promote Wellness at a School of Nursing Texas Public Health Association Journal.
  • Azarmehr, H., Jamon, A., Smith, C., Lowry, C., Zuniga, JA, (In Press). Assessment Needs of Pregnant Homeless Women. Nursing for Women’s Health
  • Zuñiga, J.A., Wright, C., Fordyce, J., García, (In Press). Self-Management of HIV and Diabetes in African American Women: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Literature. Diabetes Educator
  • Park, J.M, & Zuñiga, JA. (In Press) The Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease in Persons Living with HIV: A systematic review. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
  • Cervantes, L., Zuniga, J. (2018). Meeting Families Halfway: Strategies to Avoid Blood Transfusions in the Neonatal Period. Nursing for Women’s Health 22 (4), 332-337
  • Brown, S., García, A.A., Zuñiga, JA, Lewis, K. (2018) Effectiveness of Workplace Diabetes Prevention Programs: A Systematic Review of the Evidence. Patient Education and Counseling 101(6), 1036-1050
  • Zuñiga, J. A., Easley, K., Shenvi, N., Nyugen, M., & Hostad, M. (2018) The Impact of Diabetes on CD4 Recovery in Persons with HIV in an Urban Clinic in the United States. International Journal of STDs & AIDS, 29(1), 63-71
  • Zuñiga, J. A., Bose, E., Park, J., Lapiz-Bluhm, M. D., & García, A. A. (2017). Diabetes Changes Symptoms Cluster Patterns in Persons Living With HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28(6), 888-896.
  • Meyer, J., Morrison, J., & Zuñiga, J. (2017). The benefits and risk of CrossFit: an integrated review.  Workplace Health & Safety, 25(12), 612-618
  • Dillard, P. K., Zuñiga, J. A., & Holstad, M. M. (2017). An integrative review of the efficacy of motivational interviewing in HIV management. Patient education and counseling, 100(4), 636-646.
  • García, A. A., Zuñiga, J. A., & Lagon, C.  (2016). A Personal touch: The most important strategy for recruiting Latino research participants. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 28(4), 342-347.
  • Park, J. M., & Zuñiga, J.  (2016) Effectiveness of using picture-based health education for people with low health literacy: An integrative review. Cogent Medicine 3(1).
  • Zuniga, J. A., Holstad, M., & Nguyen, M. (2016). Predictors of dual control of HIV and diabetes.  AIDS Care 28(9), 1124-1127.
  • Meyer, J., Pomeroy, M., Reid, D., & Zuñiga, J. (2016) Implications for nursing care of pregnant Muslim woman during Ramadan. Nursing for Women’s Health 20(5), 456-462.
  • Zuniga, JA, Yoo, M., Waldrop-Valverde, D. (2016) Understanding the nature of depressive symtpoms in relation to retention in HIV Care.  AIDS Patient Care and STDs.
  • Garcia, A., Brown, S., Horner, S., Zuñiga J., & Arheart, K. (2015) Home-Based Diabetes Symptom Self-Management Education for Mexican Americans with Type 2 Diabetes.  Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.
  • Zuñiga, J.A.  (2015) An Integrated Review of Directly Observed Therapy for Tuberculosis in Latin America. Hispanic Health Care International (13)1.
  • García, A., Zuñiga, J., Reynolds, R., Cairampoma, L,& Sumlin, L. (2015) Evaluation of the Spoken Knowledge in Low Literacy in Diabetes Scale (SKILLD) for use with Mexican Americans.  Patient Education and Counseling 26(3), 279-286.
  • Zuñiga, J.A., Muñoz, S., Johnson, M., & García, A. (2014) Tuberculosis Treatment for Hispanic Men Living on the US-Mexico Border. American Journal of Men’s Health.
  • Zuñiga, J.A., Muñoz, S., Johnson, M., & García, A. (2014) The Lived Experience of Tuberculosis Treatment for Mexican Americans Living on the US-Mexico Border.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship 46(4), 253-262.
  • Zuñiga, J.A. (2012) Case Study: The lived experience of Directly Observed Therapy for the Treatment of Tuberculosis. Healthcare for Women International, 33(1), 19-28
  • Zuñiga, J.A. (2011).  Integrated Review: Medication Adherence of Tuberculosis treatment in the Hispanic Population. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14(1), 23-29.

Selected Poster Presentations

  • June 2018: American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions
    Huang, Y, Garcia, A., Zuniga, A
    Diabetes Knowledge and Numeracy among Under- or Uninsured Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes
  • May 2018: Medicine & Sport Annual Conference
    Wolfe, A., Zuniga, J., Harrison, M.
    Coagulation Activation Pathways may be altered in individuals’ comorbid with HIV and Type 2 diabetes
  • April 2018: Western Institute of Nursing Annual Conference
    Park, J., Zuniga, J
    HIV with diabetes: retention in care and symptom burden
  • April 2018: Society for Behavioral Medicine
    Huang, Y, Garcia, A., Zuniga, A  
    Factors Associated with Dental Care Utilization in Patients with Diabetes in Central Texas

Featured Poster Selection

  • March 2018: Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference
    Zuniga, J., Harrison, M., Fordyce, J., Rock, J., Wolfe, A., Garcia, A
    Differences in Adiposity Patterns between HIV Positive Individuals with and without Diabetes
  • March 2018: Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference
    Huang, Y, Garcia, A., Zuniga, A
    The Impact of Depression and Illness Perception on Quality of Life among Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Nov 2017: The American Public Health Association Conference, Atlanta GA
    Zuniga, J, Garcia, A., Champion, J.
    Are people living with HIV getting their flu shot?
  • Nov 2017: The American Public Health Assoication Conference,Atlanta GA
    Huang, Y, Zuniga, J., Garcia, A.
    Access to Diabetes Care for Patients at a FQHC System in Central Texas
    First Place Student Award
  • February 2017: Southern Nursing Research Society
    Park, J., Zuniga, J., García, A., Bluhm, D.
    HIV symptom cluster analysis persons living with HIV and Diabetes
    Third place poster award in Minority Health research
  • February 2017: Southern Nursing Research Society
    Bose, E., García, A., Zuniga, J., Zhang, W.
    Mexican Americans’ diabetes symptom clusters
  • Nov 2015: American Public Health Association, 143rd Annual Meeting
    Zuniga, J., Nguyen ML, Holstad, M.
    Predictors of viral load and glucose control in persons with a dual diagnosis of HIV and diabetes.