Faculty Profiles

Adrian Aguilera, PhD
Assistant Professor

Adrian Aguilera, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH), where he directs the Latino Mental Health Research Program. Dr. Aguilera’s research emphasizes digital health equity, utilizing digital technologies to improve health and mental health in low-income and underserved populations.  His most recent work has been the development and testing of an automated text messaging based companion to cognitive behavioral treatment for depression with the goal increasing engagement and improving outcomes. He will be expanding his work to develop a personalized mobile intervention to increase physical activity in comorbid depression and diabetes. He is excited to join CVP and help move its mission of helping the most vulnerable forward!

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
University of California, San Francisco Postdoctoral Fellowship Clinical Services Research Training Program (NIMH T32) 2011
University of California, Los Angeles Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Psychology 2009
San Francisco Veterans Administration Internship Clinical Psychology 2009
University of California, Los Angeles Master of Arts Psychology 2006
Stanford University Bachelor of Arts Psychology– specialization in Mind Culture and Society 2002

Honors and Awards

  • NHLBI Programs to Increase Diversity in Health Related Researcher (PRIDE) Research on Implementation Science for Equity (RISE), 2015
  • Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría (National Institute of Psychiatry), Mexico – Visiting Scholar, 2012
  • UC Berkeley Travel Award, 2012
  • NIH mHealth Summer Institute Participant, 2011
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Dissertation Competition - Semifinalist, 2010
  • Latino Behavioral Health Institute Grant Workshop Invitee, 2010
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health Disparities Seed Grant, 2009
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Award, 2009
  • American Psychological Association Conference Travel Award, 2008
  • California Psychological Association – Foundation Scholarship, 2007
  • California Mexico Health Initiative Binational Congress Award, 2006
  • UCLA Graduate Division Summer Research Mentorship Award, 2005 - 2007
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2005 - 2008
  • American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Award, 2005
  • Cota Robles Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004

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In the News

Recent Articles (Selected)

Aguilera, A., & Lyles, C.R. (2017) The Case for Jointly Targeting Diabetes and Depression Among Vulnerable Patients Using Digital Technology. JMIR Diabetes.

Ferrás, C., García, Y., Aguilera, A., & Rocha, Á. (2017). How Can Geography and Mobile Phones Contribute to Psychotherapy?. Journal of Medical Systems, 41(6), 92.

Schueller, S. M., Aguilera, A., Mohr, D.C. (In press) Ecological Momentary Interventions for Depression and Anxiety. Depression and Anxiety.

Aguilera, A., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., Liu, N., Bravin, J., (2017) Implementing Group CBT for Depression among Latinos in Primary Care. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Aguilera, A., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., DeMasi, O., Avila-Garcia, P., (2017) Automated text messaging as an adjunct to CBT for depression: A clinical trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Aguilera, A., Schueller, S. M., & Leykin, Y. (2015). Daily mood ratings via text message as a proxy for clinic based depression assessment. Journal of affective disorders, 175, 471-474.

Aguilera, A. (2015). Digital Technology and Mental Health Interventions: Opportunities and Challenges. ARBOR Ciencia, Pensamiento y Cultura, 191(771), 10-3989.

Aguilera, A., & Berridge, C. (2014). Qualitative Feedback from a Text Messaging Intervention for Depression: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Cultural Differences. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2(4).

Aguilera, A., & Muench, F. (2012). There’s an app for that: Information technology applications for cognitive behavioral practitioners. The Behavior Therapist. 35(4), 65-73.

Aguilera, A., Leykin, Y., Adler, N., Muñoz, R.F. (2012). Assessing the impact of relative social position and absolute community resources on depression and obesity among smokers. American Journal of Community Psychology.50(1-2), 211

Aguilera, A. & Muñoz, R.F. (2011) Text messaging as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapy: A feasibility/usability pilot study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 42(6), 472-478.

Aguilera, A., Lopez, S.R., Breitborde, N.J.K, Kopelowicz, A., Zarate, R. (2010). Expressed emotion, sociocultural context and the course of schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(4), 875-85.

Aguilera, A., Garza, M.J., Munoz, R.F. (2010). Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Spanish: Culture Sensitive Manualized Treatment in Practice. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66(8), 857.

Aguilera, A., Lopez, S.R. (2008). Community determinants of Latinos’ use of mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 59(4), 408.