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
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
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
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
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