Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board, also known as the External Advisory Board, reviews and identifies potential gaps in the Center for AIDS Prevention (CAPS) research portfolio, provides 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 channeled to the external Scientific Advisory Board convened by the Administration Core.


David Bangsberg


David Bangsberg, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D. 
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health
Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research Developmental Core
Emory University - Atlanta, GA

Isa Fernandez


Maria Isabel (Isa) Fernandez, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D., 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
The University of  Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

Monica Ruiz


Monica Ruiz, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D.
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 CA

Jane Simoni


Jane Simoni, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
Adjunct Professor, Global Health
Executive Director, The Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine (CBAM)
University of  Washington - Seattle, WA