Collaborators

Adrian Aguilera, PhD  
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise

  • Automated text messaging (SMS) to increase engagement and homework in CBT for depression
  • Using machine learning algorithms to send personalized messages
  • Increasing physical activity in people with diabetes and depression via mobile monitoring and ecological momentary interventions

Collaboration interests

  • Applying my texting platform (www.healthysms.org) for use in various health and mental health contexts
  • Interested in improving personalization of mobile health interventions
  • Disseminating mobile health interventions for underserved and culturally diverse populations, with an emphasis in Latinos 
Amin Azzam
Amin Azzam, MD, MA  
HS Associate Clinical Professor

Areas of expertise

  • Teach and learn with medical students at UCSF, as well as the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program
  • Run an elective for UCSF 4th year medical students to improve health-related content on Wikipedia while receiving academic credit for their efforts
  • Work with Wikipedia’s education-related outreach efforts to promote embracing Wikipedia as the leading source of health-related information for clinicians and providers alike

Collaboration interests

  • Developing robust outcome metrics to assess impact of health-professional students’ contributions to Wikipedia
  • Developing an open Point of Care (POC) reference tool for clinicians to readily access and improve, combining the best aspects of both wikis and peer-review
Bruno Biagiantit
Bruno Biagianti, MD  
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Areas of expertise

  • Using mobile platforms to disseminate behavioral interventions for individuals with psychosis who live in under-resourced areas and struggle with social cognition deficits, isolation, and poor social functioning
  • Implementing detection and treatment of social cognition impairments in individuals with psychosis
  • Studying the neural underpinnings of sensory processing abnormalities and facial affect recognition in individuals with psychosis

Collaboration interests

  • Developing ecological momentary assessment of mental distress
  • Developing closed-loop brain-machine interfaces for mobile-based cognitive rehabilitation
  • Early detection and treatment of sensory-processing abnormalities in individuals at risk for psychosis
James Bourgeois
James Bourgeois, MD  
Director, Consultation Liaison Service, UCSFMC, Interim Vice Chair Clinical Affairs, Clinical Site Director, Medical Student Rotations, Parnassus site

Areas of expertise

  • Psychosomatic medicine
  • Medical education
  • Fragile X associated neuropsychiatric illnesses

Collaboration interests

  • Integration of telemedicine into psychiatric clinical care, inpatient and outpatient
  • Inclusion of apps for monitoring and tracking treatment progress 
Sabrina Darrow, PhD  
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise

  • Leveraging technological solutions to improve integration of research and mental health services and implementation of evidence-based practice with adolescents and young adults
  • Developing transdiagnostic assessments with emphasis on clinical utility and behavioral principles (e.g., reward processing)
  • Psychotherapy outcome and implementation research with a particular focus on youth behavioral therapies to prevent suicide and self-harm

Collaboration interests

  • Improving assessment approaches to personalize mental health treatment for adolescents, young adults, and families
  • Digital health solutions to improve implementation of evidence based practices for youth
  • Behavioral measures of mechanisms of change in youth mental health services
Valerie Gruber
Valerie A Gruber, PhD, MPH  
Clinical Professor

Areas of expertise

  • Develop and instruct staff on substance use disorders treatment for diverse substance users with chronic psychiatric and/or medical conditions
  • Integrate culturally and trauma-informed substance use treatment services in mental health care and primary care

Collaboration interests

  • Increasing access to mobile and web-based interventions for substance use and cognitive disorders among low-income substance users diverse in ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender
Fumiko
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD  
Associate Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Areas of expertise

  • Figuring out ways that neuroscience tools can transform educational and clinical practices
  • Examining the neural bases of speech/phonological processing, reading acquisition, and their disorders such as dyslexia

Collaboration interests

  • Developing mobile technology that help assess school readiness and risk for developing learning challenges
  • Developing tools that augment learning, socio-emotional learning, reading, writing and math, especially in young children
Allison Kaup, PhD  
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Areas of expertise

  • Neuropsychology of cognitive aging and dementia
  • Interested in whether mobile technology can be used to help prevent cognitive decline in aging
  • Investigating whether mobile cognitive training can improve cognition in older adults at high-risk for cognitive decline due to past traumatic brain injury

Collaboration interests

  • Digital health interventions for older adults
  • Developing and testing tools to assess and improve cognition and well-being in aging
Christina Mangurian, MD, MAS  
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF Psychiatry Director of Diversity

Areas of expertise

  • Reduce healthcare disparities among diverse populations with severe mental illness through improving integration of care
  • Leverage technology to improve access to care
  • Study social networks to understand and improve healthcare delivery systems

Collaboration interests

  • Partnering with the tech industry to develop ways to reduce the number of EMR silos to better provide care
  • Develop a better patient management system to improve quality of care
  • Leverage policy makers to assess feasibility of implementing these projects at the county, state, and national levels
Danielle Schlosser
Danielle Schlosser, PhD  
Advisor, Principle Research Scientist, Verily Life Science

Areas of expertise

  • Designing neuroscience-informed digital health interventions
  • Mobile clinical trial research
  • Behavioral neuroscience, schizophrenia, depression
Johannes Thrul, PhD  
Post-Doctoral Scholar

Areas of expertise

  • My research interest lie at the intersection of mobile health (mHealth) and addiction research
  • Using smartphones to collect data on people's substance use behavior in real time and in everyday life - so called Ecological momentary Assessment (EMA)
  • Develop technology-based interventions using smartphones and social media to help people change their substance use behavior

Collaboration interests

  • Work with computer scientists and engineers on method and technology development
  • Collaborate with behavioral or medical researchers on mHealth studies using novel technological approaches for assessment and intervention
Marina Tolou-Shams, PhD  
Associate Professor, In Residence; Division Director, Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ZSFG

Areas of expertise

  • Health disparities among community supervised, justice-involved youth, including disparities in mental health, substance use and sexual health treatment access and uptake
  • Development and testing of integrated, family-based prevention and intervention for child/adolescent mental health, substance use and sexual health
  • Gender-responsevie intervention for adolescent substance use

Collaboration interests

  • Structural-level interventions for improving mental health and substance use interventions for justice-involved youth
  • Development and testing of mHealth interventions to improve adolescent mental health, substance use and sexual/reproductive health outcomes
  • Family-based mHealth approaches to improving adolescent substance use outcomes
Sophia Vinogradovt
Sophia Vinogradov, MD  
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health Services, San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Cent

Areas of expertise

  • Research focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of neuroscience-informed computerized cognitive training exercises that target the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia
  • Neuroscience-informed cognitive training of schizophrenia; includes people with persistent illness, those who are in early phases, and those who are prodromal
  • Investigating how to deliver training
  • Continuing several different treatment tools for digital delivery

Collaboration interests

  • Approaches to enhancing motivated behavior in mental illness
  • Remote intervention for people: mental illness
Josh Woolley
Josh Woolley, MD/PhD   
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise

  • Investigating the feasibility of remote neuroplasticity-based cognitive remediation and tele-psychotherapy for severe mental illness
  • Designing iPad-based cognitive training exercises to treat social cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia
  • Understanding mechanisms of social deficits in severe mental illness

Collaboration interests

  • Modifying cognitive training exercises for other cognitive deficits in patients with PTSD, substance abuse, and depression
  • Disseminating virtual tele-psychiatry to underserved populations