John Sauceda, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor

My research blends health, clinical and quantitative psychology methods to understand and intervene on factors to address health disparities among Latinx communities impacted by HIV. My research is based on the principles of sound measurement, especially of psychological constructs and social factors measured in Spanish or for comparing outcomes across diverse populations. My current research focuses broadly on using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy to design a study for sequencing behavioral therapies for depression to improve HIV care engagement; identifying community-level strategies to promote HIV care engagement in a Latinx-serving community-based organization; and a second line of research focusing on the social and behavioral science aspects of HIV cure research. I am also deep committed to mentoring across the pipeline, from young aspiring scholars through our NIDA-funded Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program (SHARP), up through early-career investigators in my role as Co-Director of the Gladstone-CFAR Mentoring Program.
Education
2020 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of Californa, San Francisco
Fellowship, 2016 - Medicine - Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco
MSc in Global Health Sciences, 2014 - Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
PhD in Health Psychology, 2013 - Department of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso
Quantitative Methods, 2013 - Department of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso
MA in Clinical Psychology, 2010 - Department of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso
Honors and Awards
  • Early Career Research Excellence Award - Behavioral Science, Gladstone-CFAR, 2019
  • LRP Award for Health Disparities Research, NIH/NIMHD, 2018-2020
  • LRP Award for Health Disparities Research, NIH/NIMHD, 2014-2016
Publications
  1. Christopoulos KA, Neilands TB, Dilworth S, Lisha N, Sauceda J, Mugavero MJ, Crane HM, Fredericksen RJ, Mathews WC, Moore RD, Mayer KH, Napravnik S, Johnson MO. Internalized HIV stigma predicts subsequent viremia in US HIV patients through depressive symptoms and antiretroviral therapy adherence. 2020. PMID: 32769764


  2. Peluso MJ, Dee L, Shao S, Taylor J, Campbell D, Collins S, Gandhi M, Johnston R, Deeks SG, Sauceda JA, Dubé K. Operationalizing HIV cure-related trials with analytic treatment interruptions during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: A collaborative approach. 2020. PMID: 32841311


  3. Dube K, Campbell DM, Perry KE, Kanazawa JT, Saberi P, Sauceda JA, Poteat T, Evans D. Reasons People Living with HIV Might Prefer Oral Daily Antiretroviral Therapy, Long-Acting Formulations, or Future HIV Remission Options. 2020. PMID: 32829645


  4. Dubé K, Patel H, Concha-Garcia S, Perry KE, Mathur K, Javadi SS, Taylor J, Kaytes A, Brown B, Sauceda JA, Little S, Hendrickx S, Rawlings SA, Smith DM, Gianella S. Perceptions of Next-of-Kin/Loved Ones About Last Gift Rapid Research Autopsy Study Enrolling People with HIV/AIDS at the End of Life: A Qualitative Interview Study. 2020. PMID: 32449624


  5. Perry KE, Dubé K, Concha-Garcia S, Patel H, Kaytes A, Taylor J, Javadi SS, Mathur K, Lo M, Brown B, Sauceda JA, Wohl DA, Little S, Hendrickx S, Rawlings SA, Smith DM, Gianella S. "My Death Will Not [Be] in Vain": Testimonials from Last Gift Rapid Research Autopsy Study Participants Living with HIV at the End of Life. 2020. PMID: 32449625


  6. Pollack LM, Sauceda JA, Cotten PD, Blair J, Woods WJ. An Approach to Reducing Problematic Data in an ACASI Sexual Behavior Assessment. 2020. PMID: 32500813


  7. Maiorana A, Zamudio-Haas S, Sauceda J, Rodriguez-Díaz CE, Brooks RA, Santiago-Rodríguez E, Myers JJ. "Holidays Come, Sundays Come. It is Very Sad to be Alone": Transnational Practices and the Importance of Family for Mexican and Puerto Rican Latinxs Living with HIV in the Continental U.S. 2020. PMID: 32500399


  8. Sauceda JA, Lisha NE, Dilworth SE, Johnson MO, Christopoulos KA, Wood T, Koester KA, Mathews WC, Moore RD, Napravnik S, Mayer KH, Crane HM, Fredericksen RJ, Mugavero MJ, Neilands TB. Measuring engagement in HIV care: Measurement invariance in three racial/ethnic patient groups. 2020. PMID: 32281823


  9. Dube K, Hosey L, Starr K, Barr L, Evans D, Hoffman E, Campbell D, Simoni J, Sugarman J, Sauceda J, Brown B, Diepstra KL, Godfrey C, Kuritzkes DR, Wohl DA, Gandhi R, Scully E. Participant Perspectives in an HIV Cure-Related Trial Conducted Exclusively in Women in the United States: Results from AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) 5366. Volume 36 of Issue 4. 2020. PMID: 32160755


  10. Peluso MJ, Dee L, Campbell D, Taylor J, Hoh R, Rutishauser RL, Sauceda J, Deeks SG, Dubé K. A collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to HIV transmission risk mitigation during analytic treatment interruption. Volume 6 of Issue 1. 2020. PMID: 32175090


  11. Dubé K, Eskaf S, Evans D, Sauceda J, Saberi P, Brown B, Averitt D, Martel K, Meija M, Campbell D, Barr L, Kanazawa J, Perry K, Patel H, Luter S, Poteat T, Auerbach JD, Wohl DA. The Dose Response: Perceptions of People Living with HIV in the United States on Alternatives to Oral Daily Antiretroviral Therapy. Volume 36 of Issue 4. 2019. PMID: 31608651


  12. Tuthill EL, Neilands TB, Johnson MO, Sauceda J, Mkandawire J, Conroy AA. A Dyadic Investigation of Relationship Dynamics and Depressive Symptoms in HIV-Affected Couples in Malawi. Volume 23 of Issue 12. 2019. PMID: 31273489


  13. Christopoulos KA, Neilands TB, Hartogensis W, Geng EH, Sauceda J, Mugavero MJ, Crane HM, Fredericksen RJ, Moore RD, Mathews WC, Mayer KH, Chander G, Hurt CB, Johnson MO. Internalized HIV Stigma Is Associated With Concurrent Viremia and Poor Retention in a Cohort of US Patients in HIV Care. Volume 82 of Issue 2. 2019. PMID: 31513551


  14. Johnson MO, Neilands TB, Koester KA, Wood T, Sauceda JA, Dilworth SE, Mugavero MJ, Crane HM, Fredericksen RJ, Mayer KH, Mathews WC, Moore RD, Napravnik S, Christopoulos KA. Detecting Disengagement From HIV Care Before It Is Too Late: Development and Preliminary Validation of a Novel Index of Engagement in HIV Care. Volume 81 of Issue 2. 2019. PMID: 30865180


  15. Sauceda JA, Brooks RA, Xavier J, Maiorana A, Georgetti Gomez L, Zamudio-Haas S, Rodriguez-Diaz CE, Cajina A, Myers J. From Theory to Application: A Description of Transnationalism in Culturally-Appropriate HIV Interventions of Outreach, Access, and Retention Among Latino/a Populations. Volume 21 of Issue 2. 2019. PMID: 29767401


  16. Koester KA, Johnson MO, Wood T, Fredericksen R, Neilands TB, Sauceda J, Crane HM, Mugavero MJ, Christopoulos KA. The influence of the 'good' patient ideal on engagement in HIV care. Volume 14 of Issue 3. 2019. PMID: 30921440


  17. Sauceda JA, Lisha NE, Neilands TB, Christopoulos KA, Mathews WC, Levison JH, Dennis AM, Johnson MO. Cognitive-affective depressive symptoms and substance use among Latino and non-Latino White patients in HIV care: an analysis of the CFAR network of integrated clinical systems cohort. Volume 42 of Issue 3. 2018. PMID: 30377875


  18. Wood TJ, Koester KA, Christopoulos KA, Sauceda JA, Neilands TB, Johnson MO. If someone cares about you, you are more apt to come around: improving HIV care engagement by strengthening the patient-provider relationship. Volume 12. 2018. PMID: 29872277


  19. Sauceda JA, Neilands TB, Johnson MO, Saberi P. An update on the Barriers to Adherence and a Definition of Self-Report Non-adherence Given Advancements in Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). Volume 22 of Issue 3. 2018. PMID: 28352983


  20. Sauceda JA, Wiebe JS, Chan K, Kutner BA, Simoni JM. Acculturation, family cohesion, and mental health among Latinos living with HIV on the U.S.-Mexico border. Volume 24 of Issue 3. 2018. PMID: 29389148


  21. Kutner BA, Nelson KM, Simoni JM, Sauceda JA, Wiebe JS. Factors Associated with Sexual Risk of HIV Transmission Among HIV-Positive Latino Men Who have Sex with Men on the U.S.-México Border. Volume 21 of Issue 3. 2017. PMID: 27278549


  22. Conroy AA, Gamarel KE, Neilands TB, Sauceda JA, Darbes LA, Dilworth SE, Taylor JM, Johnson MO. Partner Reports of HIV Viral Suppression Predict Sexual Behavior in Serodiscordant Male Couples. Volume 73 of Issue 2. 2016. PMID: 27367791


  23. Sauceda JA, Paul JP, Gregorich SE, Choi KH. Assessing Collectivism in Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, and African American Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Psychometric Evaluation. Volume 28 of Issue 1. 2016. PMID: 26829254


  24. Simoni JM, Wiebe JS, Sauceda JA, Huh D, Sanchez G, Longoria V, Andres Bedoya C, Safren SA. A preliminary RCT of CBT-AD for adherence and depression among HIV-positive Latinos on the U.S.-Mexico border: the Nuevo Día study. Volume 17 of Issue 8. 2013. PMID: 23812892


  25. Sauceda JA, Wiebe JS, Rao D, Pearson CR, & Simoni JM. Stigma, Discrimination, and HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 2013. PMID:


  26. Wiebe JS, Sauceda JA, Lara C. Guide to Psychological Assessment with Hispanics 2012. PMID:


  27. Sauceda JA, Loya AM, Sias JJ, Taylor T, Wiebe JS, Rivera JO. Medication literacy in Spanish and English: psychometric evaluation of a new assessment tool. Volume 52 of Issue 6. 2012. PMID: 23229985


  28. Zogg JB, Woods SP, Sauceda JA, Wiebe JS, Simoni JM. The role of prospective memory in medication adherence: a review of an emerging literature. Volume 35 of Issue 1. 2011. PMID: 21487722