Alex Dubov, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies

Contact Information

Fax 909-558-0441

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 227
11065 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA  92350

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Health Care Ethics - Duquesne University, 2017
  • MDiv - Andrews University, 2010
  • Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certified (HEC-C)

Areas of Specialization

  • mHealth interventions
  • Behavioral economics
  • Medical decision-making
  • Conjoint analysis
  • HIV prevention
  • Implementation science

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)
  • Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM)
  • Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM)
  • International AIDS Society (IAS)

Recent Publications and Presentations


  • Dubov, Alex, et al. "Development of a Smartphone App to Predict and Improve the Rates of Suicidal Ideation Among Transgender Persons (TransLife): Qualitative Study." Journal of medical internet research 23.3 (2021): e24023.
  • Dubov, Alex, et al. "Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the PrEP Sexual Expectancies (PSEXS) Scale." AIDS and Behavior 25.4 (2021): 1192-1198.
  • Gutierrez, J. I., Dubov, A., Altice, F. L., & Vlahov, D. (2021). Preferences for pre-exposure prophylaxis among US military men who have sex with men: results of an adaptive choice based conjoint analysis study. Military Medical Research, 8(1), 1-11.
  • Dubov, A., & Shoptaw, S. (2020). The Value and Ethics of Using Technology to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic. The American Journal of Bioethics, 1-5.
  • Ranjit, Y. S., Dubov, A., Polonsky, M., Fraenkel, L., Rich, K. M., Ogunbajo, A., & Altice, F. L. (2020). Dual motivational model of pre-exposure prophylaxis use intention: model testing among men who have sex men in Ukraine. AIDS care32(2), 261-266.
  • Dubov, A., Ogunbajo, A., Altice, F. L., & Fraenkel, L. (2019). Optimizing access to PrEP based on MSM preferences: results of a discrete choice experiment. AIDS care31(5), 545-553.
  • Ranjit, Y. S., Dubov, A., Polonsky, M., Fraenkel, L., Ogunbajo, A., Mayer, K., & Altice, F. L. (2019). Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Among Men Who have Sex with Men: Dual Motivational model of intention to Use Pre-exposure prophylaxis. AIDS and Behavior, 23(2), 534-543.
  • Moses, B. D., Borecky, A. D., & Dubov, A. (2019). It is OK to nudge for vitamin K. Acta Paediatrica, 108(11), 1938-1941.
  • Borecky, A., Thomsen, C., & Dubov, A. (2019). Reweighing the ethical tradeoffs in the involuntary hospitalization of suicidal patients. The American Journal of Bioethics, 19(10), 71-83.
  • Dubov, A., Galbo Jr, P., Altice, F. L., & Fraenkel, L. (2018). Stigma and shame experiences by MSM who take PrEP for HIV prevention: a qualitative study. American journal of men's health, 12(6), 1843-1854.
  • Dubov, A., Altice, F. L., & Fraenkel, L. (2018). An information–motivation–behavioral skills model of PrEP uptake. AIDS and Behavior, 22(11), 3603-3616.
  • Dubov, A., & Fraenkel, L. (2018). Facial feminization surgery: The ethics of gatekeeping in transgender health. The American Journal of Bioethics, 18(12), 3-9.
  • Dubov, A., Fraenkel, L., Yorick, R., Ogunbajo, A., & Altice, F. L. (2018). Strategies to implement pre-exposure prophylaxis with men who have sex with men in Ukraine. AIDS and Behavior, 22(4), 1100-1112.
  • Shrestha, R., Karki, P., Altice, F. L., Dubov, A., Fraenkel, L., Huedo-Medina, T., & Copenhaver, M. (2018). Measuring acceptability and preferences for implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) using conjoint analysis: an application to primary HIV prevention among high risk drug users. AIDS and Behavior, 22(4), 1228-1238.
  • Dubov, A., Fraenkel, L., & Seng, E. (2016). The importance of fostering ownership during medical training. The American Journal of Bioethics, 16(9), 3-12.
  • Dubov, A., Appleton, J. H., & Campbell, S. (2016). Ebola virus preparedness: emerging viruses and ethics in laboratory medicine. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine, 140(2), 171-180.


  • 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science. Alex Dubov, Sarah Calabrese, Douglas Krakower, Nicholas Rockwood, Steven Shoptaw “The influence of primary care providers’ implicit bias on clinical decision-making for HIV PrEP for people who inject drugs.”
  • 23rd Annual Conference, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Alex Dubov, Ryan Marais, Liana Fraenkel “Moral Heuristics in End of Life Treatment.”
  • 23rd Annual Conference, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Alex Dubov, Vicki Nelson, Kelly Morton, Liana Fraenkel “Factors contributing to resident physicians’ burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 
  • “Is it possible for AI to be ethical?” 21st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Pittsburgh, PA. October 2019.
  • “Machine Learning in Public Health Research: A practical introduction.” UCLA CHIPTS invited presentation. Los Angeles, CA. October 2019.
  • “Translife: Development of a smartphone app to predict and improve rates of suicidal ideation among transgender persons.” USPATH Scientific Symposium. Washington, DC. September 2019.
  • “Ethical issues in mHealth and Artificial Intelligence.” 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Anaheim, CA. October 2018.
  • “The importance of fostering ownership in medical training.” Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. Paris, France. June 2017. 
  • “Moral Heuristics in End of Lie Treatment.” 13th International Conference on Ethics Consultation. Singapore. May 2017.
  • “Cognitive dualism in end of life.” Conference on Medicine and Religion. Houston, TX. March 2017.

Community Engagement

  • Inland Empire HIV Planning Council (2017-present)
  • UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment (2017-present)
  • Loma Linda Institute for Health Policy and Leadership (2017-present)
  • Loma Linda Center for Christian Bioethics Faculty Scholars program (2017-present)