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Jennifer Alvidrez, PhD
Elizabeth Bachen, PhD
Cherrie Boyer, PhD
Claire Brindis, DrPH
Frances Cohen, PhD
Mary Croughan, PhD
Lawrence Fisher, PhD
Steven Gregorich, PhD
Stacey Hart, PhD
Mardi Horowitz, MD
Stephen Hulley, MD

Charles Irwin, MD
Mallory Johnson, PhD
Patricia Katz, PhD
Susan Kegeles, PhD
Rachel Kimerling, PhD
Sara Knight, PhD
Helena Kraemer, PhD
Miriam Kuppermann, PhD, MPH
Robert Levenson, PhD
Bernard Lo, MD
Christina Maslach, PhD

Elizabeth Ozer, PhD
Emily Ozer, PhD
Nancy Padian, PhD
Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD
Jennifer Ritsher, PhD
Mary-Ann Shafer, MD
Marilyn Skaff, PhD
James L. Sorensen, PhD
Anita Stewart, PhD
Rebecca Turner, PhD
Daniel Weiss, PhD


Cherrie B. Boyer, PhD

Cherrie Boyer’s current research activities focus on two areas of risk-taking behavior in adolescents and young adults. One area of research defines biopsychosocial antecedents and correlates of sexual risk behaviors and the role these factors play in determining negative health outcomes, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and their sequelae of pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Another area of research focuses on the development and evaluation of psychosocial, behavioral, and biological strategies (i.e., clinical interventions) to prevent and reduce the risk of acquiring and transmitting STDs, including HIV. The ultimate goal of both areas of research is to construct and test empirically based theoretical models to explain adolescents' and young adults' risk for STDs as well as development of the most efficacious strategies to prevent such infections in these young individuals.

Stacey Hart, PhD

Stacey Hart is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hart studies the psychological factors associated with adjustment to illness in chronically-ill populations, such as breast cancer, bladder cancer, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Hart is currently a PI on an NIMH funded career development award to examine traumatic stress symptoms and posttraumatic growth in newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients.  In addition, Dr. Hart is investigating similar psychosocial outcomes in a study of partners and spouses of colorectal cancer patients.  Future projects will be in developing a theory-based, randomized clinical intervention designed to foster posttraumatic growth in newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients and their partners, and utilizing this treatment to encourage resilience and psychological growth with other samples of individuals with cancer and their families.

Mardi Horowitz, MD

Mardi Horowitz, Professor of Psychiatry, is conducting research on the stress and personality interaction as leading to symptom formation on the one hand and to character growth on the other. In order to understand change processes, as may occur either in individual adaptation alone or as facilitated by psychotherapy, he is developing a new way to deconstruct first person narrative accounts. He also is examining rating scales for the impact of events subjectively, assessing positive states of mind, and a sense of self regard.

Patricia Katz, PhD

Patricia Katz is Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy. Her research has examined the relationship between function and psychological status among adults with chronic health conditions, focusing on persons with rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, or lupus. She has also conducted studies on the cost of illness, and is currently the principal investigator of a project investigating the economic and social costs of infertility.

Susan M. Kegeles, PhD

Susan Kegeles is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), AIDS Research Institute, Department of Medicine, UCSF. She is also Co-Director of CAPS' postdoctoral training program, Traineeship in AIDS Prevention Studies (TAPS). She has been conducting research on HIV prevention since 1985 and is a social/health/community psychologist. Her primary focus is on developing, implementing and evaluating HIV prevention interventions with gay/bisexual men (particularly focusing on young men and men of color) and injection drug users in the U.S. She is also conducting HIV prevention research with various groups at risk for HIV in developing countries. In addition, Dr. Kegeles is conducting research concerning translating research into effective HIV prevention programs in community-based organizations. Dr. Kegeles is known for her work in AIDS risk assessment and was a principal investigator in the development of the AIDS Risk Reduction Model. She has consulted with the World Health Organization, the CDC, Family Health International, and many different state and community health departments.

Miriam Kuppermann, PhD, MPH

Kuppermann is Associate Professor in the departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Her research interests focus on women's decision making regarding their health care. She is or has been the Principal Investigator of several studies exploring the role patient preferences in decision making regarding prenatal testing for chromosomal disorders and the use of hysterectomy and alternatives for the management of non-cancerous uterine conditions. After conducting a series of studies exploring decision making regarding testing, among 1000 racially/ethnically and sociodemographically diverse pregnant women, Dr. Kuppermann and her collaborators developed an interactive computerized decision-assisting tool for women and couples facing prenatal testing decisions. She is currently evaluating the tool in a randomized study of 500 pregnant women and 150 couples. She also is directing a 10-year longitudinal study of the predictors of hysterectomy and alternative treatment use and the effects of these treatments on quality of life and satisfaction with care. She plans to use the data collected during this study to develop a tool for women facing decisions regarding whether or not to undergo hysterectomy or uterine preserving surgery. She also recently completed an evaluation of the health-related quality-of-life effects of hysterectomy versus expanded medical treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding (JAMA 2004;291:1447-1455) and the cost effectiveness of offering prenatal diagnostic testing to all pregnant women (Lancet 2004; 363:276-82).

Robert W. Levenson, PhD

Robert W. Levenson, Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley, works in the areas of human psychophysiology and affective neuroscience, both of which involve studying the interplay between psychological and physiological processes. Much of his work focuses on the nature of human emotion, in terms of its physiological manifestations, variations in emotion associated with culture, age, gender, and clinical pathology, and the role emotion plays in interpersonal interactions. Dr. Levenson's research group is currently engaged in two major projects: studies of culture, ethnicity and emotion supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, and studies of emotion and aging supported by a grant from the National Institute of Aging.

Christina Maslach, PhD

Christina Maslach is Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She has conducted research in a number of areas within social and health psychology. However, she is best known as one of the pioneering researchers on job burnout, and the author of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), the most widely used research measure in the burnout field. In addition to numerous articles, her books on this topic include Burnout: The Cost of Caring; the co-edited volume, Professional Burnout: Recent Developments in Theory and Research (with Wilmar Schaufeli); The Truth About Burnout (with Michael Leiter); and Preventing Burnout and Building Engagement: A Complete Program for Organizational Renewal (with Michael Leiter).

Nancy Padian, PhD

Nancy Padian is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  Her research on HIV/AIDS began in 1983 with study of risk factors for heterosexual transmission along with design and evaluation of related prevention strategies. Currently, her domestic (U.S.) research focuses on adolescent reproductive health with particular focus on STDs, HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancy among teens in immigrant and minority communities. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Zimbabwe, Dr. Padian co-founded the University of Zimbabwe and UCSF Collaborative Research Program in Women's Health located in Zimbabwe, and she recently was awarded a research project on HIV prevention among women in the south of India, and another one in Mexico. Her research program primarily focuses on new contraceptive and microbicide products to slow the heterosexual transmission of HIV and on developing interventions that promote economic independence among young women, thus reducing their reliance on older, sexual partners. For the last fifteen years, Dr. Padian has developed and directed national and international projects on HIV and other STDs and has served as principal investigator on multiple federally funded research projects in high-risk populations.

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD

Eliseo Pérez-Stable is Professor of Medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine and Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCSF. Dr. Pérez-Stable's research has focused on risk factor reduction interventions for Latino populations and health care issues of minorities. He is Co-Director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC) and Director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC). MERC focuses on the effectiveness of medical interventions in African American, Latino and Asian/Pacific Islander populations with a special emphasis on cancer, cardiovascular disease, and reproductive health and working groups on methodological areas related to ascertainment of race or ethnicity and quality of care. CADC funds pilot studies for minority investigators, has established a network of community based organizations working in minority communities, and is evaluating the appropriateness of using measures in diverse groups.

Jennifer Ritsher, PhD

Jennifer Ritsher is Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry. Her research investigates the influence of sociocultural factors on psychopathology and its detection.  Recent work has focused on the cross-cultural validity of psychological measures (among astronauts, cosmonauts, and Russian and American psychiatric patients), the effect of low socioeconomic status on depression, and the effect of internalized stigma on the course of severe mental illness.

Marilyn McKean Skaff, PhD

Marilyn McKean Skaff is Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine. The general focus of her research has involved the effects of stress, coping, and resources on health, within a life span perspective. In particular, Dr. Skaff's interests have involved how personal and social resources both mediate and moderate the effects of chronic stressors on health. For a number of years, her research interests have focused on individuals' control beliefs as a potential mediator between sociocultural factors and health. She is currently involved in examining how ethnic and SES differences in the meaning and manifestations of sense of control may help explain disparities in health. Recent research has included a study examining how global and disease-specific control beliefs are related to self-management behaviors and health status in a multi-ethnic sample with type 2 diabetes. In addition, Dr. Skaff had an NIA pilot grant to investigate variations in meaning of control in persons 65 and older from three ethnic groups.  She is currently working on two new longitudinal studies examining stressors, depression, and diabetes management in multi-ethnic samples.   Other current research activities include collaboration on studies of cardiovascular disease and birth outcomes in diverse ethnic groups.

James L. Sorensen, PhD

James Sorensen is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry. His work in the substance abuse treatment research area began 20+ years ago, directing a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded double-blind investigation of detoxification from heroin. He developed and evaluated a community network approach to drug abuse treatment, assessed family therapy's efficacy with methadone maintenance patients, tested the efficacy of small-group HIV education with drug users in three treatment modalities, and evaluated the impact of case management for substance abusers with HIV/AIDS. Currently, he is investigating the utility of treating methadone maintenance patients in a therapeutic community. He leads two studies in the Treatment Research Center (TRC). One study tests out linkages between the medical emergency department and drug abuse treatment, contrasting provision of case management versus providing vouchers good for free treatment. The second study examines the use of contingency management strategies with HIV-positive drug users in methadone maintenance treatment.  Dr. Sorensen also leads the California-Arizona Research Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Program.  This effort joins researchers and clinical treatment programs in conducting clinical trials of treatments that have been found to be useful in research but have not yet experienced widespread dissemination to the field.

Rebecca Turner, PhD

Rebecca Turner is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Her research interests include attachment theory and interpersonal influences on health; psychoneuroendocrinology and emotion; organizational psychology - stress, health and well being in organizations; experimental and field research.

 Daniel S. Weiss, PhD

Daniel S. Weiss is Professor of Medical Psychology. His main research interest is in the psychopathology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and its treatment. Other interests are in research ethics and human subjects protection, personality types and quantitative methods designed to identify them (taxometrics), dissociative processes, and psychodynamic treatment approaches.




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