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.
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
  1. Participant Perspectives in an HIV Cure-Related Trial Conducted Exclusively in Women in the United States: Results from AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) 5366.
  2. A collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to HIV transmission risk mitigation during analytic treatment interruption.
  3. A collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to risk mitigation during HIV analytical treatment interruption
  4. Measuring engagement in HIV care: Measurement invariance in three race/ethnic patient groups
  5. The Dose Response: Perceptions of People Living with HIV in the United States on Alternatives to Oral Daily Antiretroviral Therapy.
  6. A Dyadic Investigation of Relationship Dynamics and Depressive Symptoms in HIV-Affected Couples in Malawi.
  7. Internalized HIV Stigma Is Associated With Concurrent Viremia and Poor Retention in a Cohort of US Patients in HIV Care.
  8. Internalized HIV Stigma is Associated with Concurrent Viremia and Poor Retention in a Cohort of U.S. Patients in HIV Care
  9. Detecting Disengagement From HIV Care Before It Is Too Late: Development and Preliminary Validation of a Novel Index of Engagement in HIV Care.
  10. From Theory to Application: A Description of Transnationalism in Culturally-Appropriate HIV Interventions of Outreach, Access, and Retention Among Latino/a Populations.
  11. The influence of the 'good' patient ideal on engagement in HIV care.
  12. 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.
  13. If someone cares about you, you are more apt to come around: improving HIV care engagement by strengthening the patient-provider relationship.
  14. An update on the Barriers to Adherence and a Definition of Self-Report Non-adherence Given Advancements in Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).
  15. Acculturation, family cohesion, and mental health among Latinos living with HIV on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  16. Factors Associated with Sexual Risk of HIV Transmission Among HIV-Positive Latino Men Who have Sex with Men on the U.S.-México Border.
  17. Nonadherence as 4-day Antiretroviral Therapy Interruptions: Do Depression and Race/Ethnicity Matter as Much in the Modern Antiretroviral Therapy Era?
  18. Partner Reports of HIV Viral Suppression Predict Sexual Behavior in Serodiscordant Male Couples.
  19. Assessing Collectivism in Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, and African American Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Psychometric Evaluation.
  20. Childhood sexual abuse and depression in Latino men who have sex with men: Does resilience protect against nonadherence to antiretroviral therapy?
  21. A preliminary RCT of CBT-AD for adherence and depression among HIV-positive Latinos on the U.S.-Mexico border: the Nuevo Día study.
  22. Stigma, Discrimination, and HIV/AIDS: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
  23. Guide to Psychological Assessment with Hispanics
  24. Medication literacy in Spanish and English: psychometric evaluation of a new assessment tool.
  25. The role of prospective memory in medication adherence: a review of an emerging literature.