Judy Tan, PhD


Dr. Judy Tan is Associate 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 aims to develop novel interventions to reduce health disparities, particularly those among sexual and gender minority people of color.

Dr. Tan is the principal investigator 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 principal investigator 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.
2018 - K-Scholars Program, UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
2017 - CADC Scholars Program, UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities
T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014 - Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California San Francisco
Ph.D. in Social Psychology, 2012 - Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
Health Psychology, 2011 - Graduate Certificate Programs, Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
Quantitative Research Methods, 2011 - Graduate Certificate Programs, Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
MA in Social Psychology, 2010 - Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
T32 Predoctoral Fellowship, 2009 - Social Processes of AIDS, University of Connecticut
Honors and Awards
  • Population Health and Health Equity Scholar, Population Health and Health Equity, UCSF School of Medicine, 2020
  • Early Career Research Excellence Award - Behavioral Science, UCSF Gladstone CFAR, 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
  • LRP Award Health Disparities Research, NIMHD, 2016-2018
  1. Tan JY, Greene M, Blat C, Albers A, Grochowski J, Oskarsson J, Shiels M, Hsue P, Havlir D, Gandhi M, Myers J. Examining the Impact of the Golden Compass Clinical Care Program for Older People with HIV: A Qualitative Study. 2021. PMID: 34705153

  2. Conroy AA, Ruark A, Neilands TB, Darbes LA, Johnson MO, Tan JY, Mkandawire J. Development and Validation of the Couple Sexual Satisfaction Scale for HIV and Sexual Health Research. 2021. PMID: 34609644

  3. Kim HC, Pollack LM, Saberi P, Neilands TB, Arnold EA, Bright DJ, Williams RW, Kegeles SM, Tan JY. Study protocol: a pilot randomised waitlist-controlled trial of a dyadic mobile health intervention for black sexual-minority male couples with HIV in the USA. 2021. PMID: 34475191

  4. Tan JY, Sheira LA, Frongillo EA, Gustafson D, Sharma A, Merenstein D, Cohen MH, Golub E, Edmonds A, Ofotokun I, Fischl M, Konkle-Parker D, Neilands T, Tien P, Weiser SD. Food insecurity and frailty among women with and without HIV in the United States: a cross-sectional analysis. 2021. PMID: 34128343

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Vincent W, Peterson JL, Huebner DM, Storholm ED, Neilands TB, Rebchook GM, Pollack L, Tan JY, Kegeles SM. Resilience and Depression in Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Social-Ecological Model. 2019. PMID: 35505775

  10. 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:

  11. 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

  12. 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

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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

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

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

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

  23. 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

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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

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

  29. 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: