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. Food insecurity and neurocognitive function among women living with or at risk for HIV in the United States.
  2. The Unaddressed Needs of Alcohol-Using Couples on Antiretroviral Therapy in Malawi: Formative Research on Multilevel Interventions.
  3. The Golden Compass Program: Overview of the Initial Implementation of a Comprehensive Program for Older Adults Living with HIV.
  4. Improving Shared Decision Making For Asian American Pacific Islander Sexual and Gender Minorities.
  5. Resilience and depression in young Black men who have sex with men: A social-ecological model.
  6. Re-conceptualising gender and power relations for sexual and reproductive health: contrasting narratives of tradition, unity, and rights.
  7. 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.
  8. Serious quit attempts and cessation implications for Asian American male smokers.
  9. Injecting-related trust, cooperation, intimacy, and power as key factors influencing risk perception among drug injecting partnerships.
  10. Leveraging Power in Intimate Partner Relationships.
  11. Mobile Technology for Healthy Aging Among Older HIV-Positive Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: Qualitative Study.
  12. 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.
  13. Couple-Level Dynamics and Multilevel Challenges Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Framework of Dyadic HIV Care.
  14. Marital infidelity, food insecurity, and couple instability: A web of challenges for dyadic coordination around antiretroviral therapy.
  15. A Conceptual Model of Dyadic Coordination in HIV Care Engagement Among Couples of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Qualitative Dyadic Analysis.
  16. Whose Responsibility Is It? Beliefs About Preventing HIV Transmission Among Men Who Have Sex With Men.
  17. The Role of the Primary Romantic Relationship in HIV Care Engagement Outcomes Among Young HIV-Positive Black Men Who Have Sex with Men.
  18. Mobile Technology for Healthy Aging Among Older HIV-Positive Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: Qualitative Study
  19. High Stakes for the Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Patients of Color.
  20. Shared Decision Making Among Clinicians and Asian American and Pacific Islander Sexual and Gender Minorities: An Intersectional Approach to Address a Critical Care Gap.
  21. Social-structural indices and between-nation differences in HIV prevalence.
  22. A social-ecological perspective on power and HIV/AIDS with a sample of men who have sex with men of colour.
  23. HIV/AIDS During Older Adulthood.
  24. Sexual positioning and race-based attraction by preferences for social dominance among gay Asian/Pacific Islander men in the United States.
  25. HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
  26. Filial ethics and judgments of filial behaviour in Taiwan and the United States.
  27. A meta-analysis of the efficacy of HIV/AIDS prevention interventions in Asia, 1995-2009.
  28. Annual review of Asian American psychology, 2010.
  29. Us versus Them in Context: Meta-Analysis as a Tool for Geotemporal Trends in Intergroup Relations.
  30. A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for adherence and depression (CBT-AD) in HIV-infected individuals.
  31. Retention challenges for a community-based HIV primary care clinic and implications for intervention.
  32. Annual Review of Asian American Psychology, 2010
  33. Power basis theory: A psycho-ecological approach to power