Jae Sevelius, PhD

Associate Professor

I am a licensed clinical psychologist whose research focuses on the investigation of risk and protective factors in transgender and gender diverse communities and relationships between intersectional stigma, gender affirmation, and health-related behaviors and outcomes. Most recently, my research has focused on developing and testing peer-led interventions to promote sexual health and resilience among transgender people by addressing intersectional stigma among transgender women of color and those affected by HIV in the San Francisco Bay Area and in São Paulo, Brazil.

I am Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), Co-Director of the CAPS Developmental Core, and PI and co-founder of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, - Behavioral Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Bachelor of Science, - Psychology, University of Florida
PhD, - Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri
M.A., - Gender Studies, University of Missouri
Pre-doctoral internship, APA-accredited, - Counseling and Testing Center, University of Oregon
Honors and Awards
  • Genentech Midcareer Development Award, UCSF School of Medicine, 2020
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, American Psychological Association, Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2018
  • Strengthening Team Science in California, CREDITS - Center for Research, Excellence, and Diversity in Team Science, 2017
  • Early Career Research Excellence Award - Behavioral Science, Gladstone Center for AIDS Research, UCSF, 2016
  • UCSF CORO Faculty Leadership, CORO, UCSF, 2015
  • Innovative Dissemination Award, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, UCSF, 2010
  1. Poteat TC, van der Merwe LLA, Sevelius J, Keatley J. Inclusion as illusion: erasing transgender women in research with MSM. 2021. PMID: 33496381

  2. Sauceda, J.A., Santiago-Rodriguez, E.I., Zaragoza, G., Rivas, C.E., Venegas, L., Zamudio-Haas, S., Gutierrez-Mock, L., Bass, S.B., & Sevelius, J.. Housing stability and transactional sex among Spanish-speaking and English-speaking transgender women 2020. PMID:

  3. Williams, M. T., Bartlett, A., Michaels, T., Sevelius, J., & George, J. R.. Dr. Valentina Wasson: Questioning what we think we know about the foundations of psychedelic science 2020. PMID:

  4. Auerbach, J., Moran, L., Watson, C., Weber, S., Keatley, J., Sevelius, J. (in press). We Are All Women: Barriers and facilitators to inclusion of transgender women in HIV treatment and support services designed for cisgender women 2020. PMID:

  5. Sevelius JM, Poteat T, Luhur WE, Reisner SL, Meyer IH. HIV Testing and PrEP Use in a National Probability Sample of Sexually Active Transgender People in the United States. 2020. PMID: 32692101

  6. Grant RM, Pellegrini M, Defechereux PA, Anderson PL, Yu M, Glidden DV, O'Neal J, Yager J, Bhasin S, Sevelius J, Deutsch MB. Sex Hormone Therapy and Tenofovir Diphosphate Concentration in Dried Blood Spots: Primary Results of the iBrEATHe Study. 2020. PMID: 32766890

  7. Suen, L; Lunn, M; Katuzny, K; Finn, S; Duncan, L; Sevelius, J; Flentje, A; Capriotti, M; Lubensky, M; Hunt, C; Weber, S; Bibbins-Domingo, K; Obedin-Maliver, J.. What sexual and gender minority people want researchers to know about sexual orientation and gender identity questions: a qualitative study 2020. PMID:

  8. Blackstock, O., Platt, J., Golub, S.A. Anakaraonye, A.R., Norton, B.R. Walters, S.M., Sevelius, J.M., Cunningham, C.O.. A Pilot Study to Evaluate a Novel Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Peer Outreach and Navigation Intervention for Women at High Risk for HIV Infection 2019. PMID:

  9. Sevelius JM, Gutierrez-Mock L, Zamudio-Haas S, McCree B, Ngo A, Jackson A, Clynes C, Venegas L, Salinas A, Herrera C, Stein E, Operario D, Gamarel K. Research with Marginalized Communities: Challenges to Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020. PMID: 32415617

  10. Sevelius JM, Neilands TB, Dilworth S, Castro D, Johnson MO. Sheroes: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Community-Driven, Group-Level HIV Intervention Program for Transgender Women. 2019. PMID: 31562572

  11. Wiklund, L. O., Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Sevelius, J. M., Ching, T., & Buchanan, N. T.. Translating research into practice to close the health disparity gap in the LGBTQIA+ community 2020. PMID:

  12. Callander D, Schneider JA, Radix A, Chaix B, Scheinmann R, Love G, Smith J, Regan SD, Kawachi I, St James K, Ransome Y, Herrera C, Reisner SL, Doroshow C, Poteat T, Watson K, Bluebond-Langner R, Toussaint N, Garofalo R, Sevelius J, Duncan DT. Longitudinal cohort of HIV-negative transgender women of colour in New York City: protocol for the TURNNT ('Trying to Understand Relationships, Networks and Neighbourhoods among Transgender women of colour') study. 2020. PMID: 32241785

  13. Vincent W, Sevelius J, Lippman SA, Linnemayr S, Arnold EA. Identifying Opportunities for Collaboration Across the Social Sciences to Reach the 10-10-10: A Multilevel Approach. 2019. PMID: 31658198

  14. Gamarel KE, Sevelius JM, Reisner SL, Richardson RL, Darbes LA, Nemoto T, Operario D. Relationship Stigma and HIV Risk Behavior Among Cisgender Men Partnered with Transgender Women: The Moderating Role of Sexual Identity. 2019. PMID: 31586272

  15. George, J.R., Michaels, T.I., Sevelius, J.M., Williams, M.. The Psychedelic Renaissance and the limitations of a White-dominant medical framework 2019. PMID:

  16. D'Avanzo PA, Bass SB, Brajuha J, Gutierrez-Mock L, Ventriglia N, Wellington C, Sevelius J. Medical Mistrust and PrEP Perceptions Among Transgender Women: A Cluster Analysis. 2019. PMID: 31343968

  17. Sevelius J, Murray LR, Martinez Fernandes N, Veras MA, Grinsztejn B, Lippman SA. Optimising HIV programming for transgender women in Brazil. 2018. PMID: 30378463

  18. Gamarel KE, Sevelius JM, Reisner SL, Coats CS, Nemoto T, Operario D. Commitment, interpersonal stigma, and mental health in romantic relationships between transgender women and cisgender male partners. 2018. PMID: 31086428

  19. Rebchook G, Keatley J, Contreras R, Perloff J, Molano LF, Reback CJ, Ducheny K, Nemoto T, Lin R, Birnbaum J, Woods T, Xavier J; SPNS Transgender Women of Color Study Group. The Transgender Women of Color Initiative: Implementing and Evaluating Innovative Interventions to Enhance Engagement and Retention in HIV Care 2017. PMID:

  20. Grant RM, Sevelius JM, Guanira JV, Aguilar JV, Chariyalertsak S, Deutsch MB. Transgender Women in Clinical Trials of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. 2016. PMID: 27429187

  21. Sevelius J, Deutsch MB, Glidden DV, Grant RM. PrEP adherence among trans women in Brazil-access needed for this key population - Authors' reply. 2016. PMID: 27126486

  22. Pollock L, Silva-Santisteban A, Sevelius J, Salazar X. 'You should build yourself up as a whole product': Transgender female identity in Lima, Peru. 2016. PMID: 27080150

  23. Lippman SA, Moran L, Sevelius J, Castillo LS, Ventura A, Treves-Kagan S, Buchbinder S. Acceptability and Feasibility of HIV Self-Testing Among Transgender Women in San Francisco: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study. 2016. PMID: 26511864

  24. Bockting W, Coleman E, Deutsch MB, Guillamon A, Meyer I, Meyer W, Reisner S, Sevelius J, Ettner R. Adult development and quality of life of transgender and gender nonconforming people. 2016. PMID: 26835800

  25. Safer JD, Coleman E, Feldman J, Garofalo R, Hembree W, Radix A, Sevelius J. Barriers to healthcare for transgender individuals. 2016. PMID: 26910276

  26. Kaplan RL, Sevelius J, Ribeiro K. In the name of brevity: The problem with binary HIV risk categories. 2016. PMID: 26824592

  27. Deutsch MB, Glidden DV, Sevelius J, Keatley J, McMahan V, Guanira J, Kallas EG, Chariyalertsak S, Grant RM. HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in transgender women: a subgroup analysis of the iPrEx trial. 2015. PMID: 26614965

  28. Light AD, Obedin-Maliver J, Sevelius JM, Kerns JL. Transgender men who experienced pregnancy after female-to-male gender transitioning. 2014. PMID: 25415163

  29. Sevelius, J.. Transgender Issues in HIV 2014. PMID:

  30. Deutsch MB, Keatley J, Sevelius J, Shade SB. Collection of gender identity data using electronic medical records: survey of current end-user practices. Volume 25 of Issue 6. 2014. PMID: 24880490

  31. Jefferson K, Neilands TB, Sevelius J. Transgender women of color: discrimination and depression symptoms. 2013. PMID: 25346778

  32. Sevelius, J. & Johnson, M.O.. HIV Prevention in Transgender Persons 2012. PMID:

  33. Johnson MO, Sevelius JM, Dilworth SE, Saberi P, Neilands TB. Preliminary support for the construct of health care empowerment in the context of treatment for human immunodeficiency virus. 2012. PMID: 22654510

  34. Sevelius JM, Keatley J, Gutierrez-Mock L. HIV/AIDS programming in the United States: considerations affecting transgender women and girls. 2011. PMID: 22055679

  35. Sevelius JM, Carrico A, Johnson MO. Antiretroviral therapy adherence among transgender women living with HIV. 2010. PMID: 20347342

  36. Operario D, Burton J, Underhill K, Sevelius J. Men who have sex with transgender women: challenges to category-based HIV prevention. 2007. PMID: 17705095