Parya Saberi, PharmD, MAS, AAHIVP is an Assistant Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies in the Department of Medicine at the UCSF. She is also an HIV Clinical Pharmacist at Ward 86 (Positive Health Program) at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Saberi is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health through a K23 Mentored Patient-oriented Research Career Development Award. Her current area of research includes adapting technology-based strategies to improve antiretroviral adherence and engagement in HIV Care among HIV-positive youth. These methods include social networking technologies, video-conferencing tools, and text messaging. Additionally, she is involved in the development of an index of engagement in HIV care as well as research regarding retention and adherence to HIV care in South Africa.
Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV/AIDS and has served as medical (clinic) director of the Positive Health Program ("Ward 86") since January 2014. Dr. Gandhi directs the AIDS Consult Service at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and attends on the inpatient Infectious Diseases consult service. Prior research efforts were focused on HIV/AIDS in U.S. women through the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a large multisite, prospective cohort study established in 1994 to study the natural history, clinical and laboratory findings of HIV in women. Her current research program is on identifying low-cost solutions to measuring antiretroviral levels in resource-poor settings, such as determining drug levels in hair samples. Dr. Gandhi has also participated in research efforts involving adherence measures using hair levels in HIV-infected women and their breastfeeding infants in Africa and India.
Kristin Ming is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, helping to coordinate studies utilizing technology to improve HIV medication adherence.
Mallory Johnson, PhD is a Professor at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and a licensed clinical health psychologist, whose research has focused on understanding, measuring, and improving the health of patients with chronic diseases such as HIV. Over the past decade, he has developed a thriving program of multidisciplinary collaborative research focused on improving HIV treatment outcomes through patient empowerment. He has collaborated on, developed, and led studies that address the intersection of psychological health and medical care and their entwined impact on health outcomes. His multidisciplinary work brings together expertise in medicine, nursing, psychology, and anthropology.
Torsten Neilands, Ph.D. is a Professor at the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in the Department of Medicine at UCSF and directs the Center’s Methods Core. Originally trained as a social psychologist, he spent eight years as a statistical consultant at the University of Texas academic computing center before coming to CAPS in 2001. At CAPS he has participated as statistical co-investigator or consultant on over 50 NIH, CDC, and state projects in the areas of HIV prevention, reproductive health, and tobacco prevention.