CAPS/PRC Town Hall presents: John Sauceda, PhD, MSc -- Approaching HIV Health Disparities and HIV Cure Research through Health, Clinical and Quantitative Psychology Methods
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Description: John Sauceda will present on his research that blends principles and methods from health, clinical and quantitative psychology to understand, measure, and intervene on factors impacting HIV care and treatment outcomes and health disparities among Latinx populations. He will present on an ongoing and planned clinical trial using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for Latinx PLWH with depression. He will then present on how these same principles and methods are applied to his second line of research on unresolved challenges in HIV cure research, such as promoting consent understanding, measuring psychological experiences of participants going through greater-than-minimal risk HIV cure trials, and understanding the perspectives, priorities and concerns of people living with HIV who may be interested in participating in HIV cure research.
Bio: John Sauceda is a health psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Prevention Science, Co-Director of the UCSF CFAR Mentoring Program, and MPI of the NIDA-funded Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program - a mentored training program for aspiring researchers. He has two distinct lines of research focused on HIV care and treatment disparities among Latinx PLWH and the social and ethical issues in HIV cure research. He received a NIMH K01 to design an adaptive intervention for Latinx PLWH with depression who receive HIV care at the Ward 86 HIV clinic. Currently, he is MPI of a NIDA R01 to conduct an optimization trial to support people who inject drugs achieve viral suppression on the U.S.-Mexico Border. He is also MPI of a NIMH R01 to study the psychosocial and ethical issues surrounding HIV cure research. He was awarded the 2019 CFAR Excellence in Research Award for Behavioral Science.