Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board, also known as the External Advisory Board, meets to review and identify potential gaps in the CAPS research portfolio, provide objective advice about CAPS scientific and strategic directions, and make recommendations that inform strategic planning. Recommendations and concerns raised by the Community Advisory Board are also channeled to the external Scientific Advisory Board convened by the Administration Core.

David Bangsberg

David Bangsberg, PhD

Professor, Department of Global Health and Population

Director of the International Program, Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Professor of Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston , MA


Ralph J. DiClemente

Ralph J. DiClemente, PhD

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health

Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research Developmental Core

Emory University

Atlanta, GA


M. Isa Fernandez

M. Isa Fernandez, PhD

Director and Professor, Behavioral Health Promotion Program

Health Professions Division, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale–Davie, FL


Gary Harper

Gary Harper, PhD, MPH

Professor, Department of Health and Behavioral Education

University of Michigan School of Public Health

Ann Arbor, MI


Michael Mugavero

Michael Mugavero, MD MSc

Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior

University of  Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL




Monica Ruiz

Monica Ruiz, PhD, MPH (Chair)

Director and Assistant Research Professor, Department of Prevention & Community Health

George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

HIV Prevention Research Program, Forum for Collaborative HIV Research

Washington, DC


Steve Shoptaw

Steve Shoptaw, PhD

Professor, Departments of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Co-Director, The Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS),

Executive Director,The Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine (CBAM)

University of  California, Los Angeles


Jane Simoni

Jane Simoni, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology

Adjunct Professor, Global Health

Executive Director,The Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine (CBAM)

University of  Washington

Seattle, WA