Judy Tan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Judy Tan is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Prevention Science, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), at the University of California San Francisco. She is a behavioral and prevention scientist trained in social and health psychological theory, quantitative research methods, and intervention development. Her research combines theory-building and quantitative and qualitative methods to explain multilevel causal processes of health and to develop novel interventions to reduce health disparities, particularly those among sexual and gender minority people of color.

Dr. Tan is the PI of a NIMH R01 award to develop mHealth capabilities that target and leverage dyadic factors for enhancing HIV care engagement among Black gay and bisexual men. This project was awarded a Sage Bionetworks Digital Health Catalyst Award. She is also the PI of a NIA R21 to develop a choir intervention to promote psychosocial wellbeing among older people living with HIV. Dr. Tan’s research interests also include food insecurity, HIV and aging, smoking cessation, and dietary acculturation and cancer risks. She is a UCSF Deans’ Population Health and Health Equity (PHHE) Scholar.
Ph.D., 2011 - Psychology, University of Connecticut
MA, 2010 - Psychology, University of Connecticut
BA, 2003 - Psychology, Mount Holyoke College
Honors and Awards
  • Population Health and Health Equity Scholar, Population Health and Health Equity, UCSF School of Medicine, 2020
  • Digital Health Catalyst Award, Sage Bionetworks Digital Health Catalyst Program, Sage Bionetworks, 2018
  • Faculty Enrichment Award, UCSF Academic Senate Chancellor's Office, 2017-2018
  • Center for Aging in Diverse Communities Scholar, UCSF Center for Health and Aging, 2016-2018
  • CTSI K-Scholar, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), 2016-2018
  1. Tan JY, A Sheira L, Frongillo EA, A Adimora A, Tien PC, Konkle-Parker D, Golub ET, Merenstein D, Levin S, Cohen M, Ofotokun I, A Fischl M, Rubin LH, Weiser SD. Food insecurity and neurocognitive function among women living with or at risk for HIV in the United States. 2020. PMID: 32844175

  2. Conroy AA, Ruark A, McKenna SA, Tan JY, Darbes LA, Hahn JA, Mkandawire J. The Unaddressed Needs of Alcohol-Using Couples on Antiretroviral Therapy in Malawi: Formative Research on Multilevel Interventions. 2019. PMID: 31456201

  3. Greene M, Myers J, Tan JY, Blat C, O'Hollaren A, Quintanilla F, Hsue P, Shiels M, Hicks ML, Olson B, Grochowski J, Oskarsson J, Havlir D, Gandhi M. The Golden Compass Program: Overview of the Initial Implementation of a Comprehensive Program for Older Adults Living with HIV. 2020. PMID: 32715875

  4. Bi S, Gunter KE, López FY, Anam S, Tan JY, Polin DJ, Jia JL, Xu LJ, Laiteerapong N, Pho MT, Kim KE, Chin MH. Improving Shared Decision Making For Asian American Pacific Islander Sexual and Gender Minorities. 2019. PMID: 31567862

  5. Wilson Vincent, John L Peterson, David M Huebner, Erik D Storholm, Torsten B Neilands, Gregory M Rebchook, Lance Pollack, Judy Y Tan, Susan M Kegeles. Resilience and depression in young Black men who have sex with men: A social-ecological model. 2019. PMID:

  6. Vincent W, Peterson JL, Storholm ED, Huebner DM, Neilands TB, Calabrese SK, Rebchook GM, Tan JY, Pollack L, Kegeles SM. A Person-Centered Approach to HIV-Related Protective and Risk Factors for Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: Implications for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and HIV Treatment as Prevention. 2019. PMID: 31407211

  7. Guan A, Kim-Mozeleski JE, Tan JY, McPhee SJ, Burke NJ, Sun A, Cheng JW, Tsoh JY. Serious quit attempts and cessation implications for Asian American male smokers. 2019. PMID: 31627162

  8. Judy Y. Tan, Felicia Pratto, Amy A. Conroy, I-Ching Lee. Leveraging Power in Intimate Partner Relationships. 2019. PMID:

  9. Tan JYR, Nguyen TT, Tabrisky A, Siedle-Khan R, Napoles AM. Mobile Technology for Healthy Aging Among Older HIV-Positive Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: Qualitative Study. 2018. PMID: 31518233

  10. Greene ML, Tan JY, Weiser SD, Christopoulos K, Shiels M, O'Hollaren A, Mureithi E, Meissner L, Havlir D, Gandhi M. Patient and provider perceptions of a comprehensive care program for HIV-positive adults over 50 years of age: The formation of the Golden Compass HIV and aging care program in San Francisco. 2018. PMID: 30517193

  11. Tan JY, Campbell CK, Conroy AA, Tabrisky AP, Kegeles S, Dworkin SL. Couple-Level Dynamics and Multilevel Challenges Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Framework of Dyadic HIV Care. 2018. PMID: 30339464

  12. Conroy AA, McKenna SA, Comfort ML, Darbes LA, Tan JY, Mkandawire J. Marital infidelity, food insecurity, and couple instability: A web of challenges for dyadic coordination around antiretroviral therapy. 2018. PMID: 30172140

  13. Truong HM, Fatch R, Tan JY, Raymond HF, McFarland W. Whose Responsibility Is It? Beliefs About Preventing HIV Transmission Among Men Who Have Sex With Men. 2018. PMID: 29465652

  14. Tan JY, Pollack L, Rebchook G, Peterson J, Huebner D, Eke A, Johnson W, Kegeles S. The Role of the Primary Romantic Relationship in HIV Care Engagement Outcomes Among Young HIV-Positive Black Men Who Have Sex with Men. 2018. PMID: 27844296

  15. Tan JY, Earnshaw VA, Pratto F, Rosenthal L, Kalichman S. Social-structural indices and between-nation differences in HIV prevalence. 2014. PMID: 24700198

  16. Judy Y. Tan, Blair T. Johnson. HIV/AIDS During Older Adulthood. 2014. PMID:

  17. Don Operario, Judy Tan, Caroline Kuo. HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. 2013. PMID:

  18. Tan JY, Huedo-Medina TB, Warren MR, Carey MP, Johnson BT. A meta-analysis of the efficacy of HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in Asia, 1995-2009. 2011. PMID: 22001231

  19. Sumie Okazaki, Ahmed M. Kassem, Judy Y. Tan. Annual review of Asian American psychology, 2010. 2011. PMID:

  20. Tan JY, Huedo-Medina TB, Lennon CA, White AC, Johnson BT. Us versus Them in Context: Meta-Analysis as a Tool for Geotemporal Trends in Intergroup Relations. 2010. PMID: 24910718

  21. Safren SA, O'Cleirigh C, Tan JY, Raminani SR, Reilly LC, Otto MW, Mayer KH. A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for adherence and depression (CBT-AD) in HIV-infected individuals. 2009. PMID: 19210012

  22. Coleman S, Boehmer U, Kanaya F, Grasso C, Tan J, Bradford J. Retention challenges for a community-based HIV primary care clinic and implications for intervention. 2007. PMID: 17919096

  23. Okazaki, S., Kassem, A. M., & Tan, J. Y. (2011). Annual Review of Asian American Psychology, 2010 . PMID:

  24. Pratto, F., Lee, I. C., Tan, J. Y., & Pitpitan, E. V. (2010). Power basis theory: A psycho-ecological approach to power. Social motivation, 191-222.. Power basis theory: A psycho-ecological approach to power . PMID: