Adam Carrico, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Nursing|
|Department||Community Health Systems|
|Address||2 Koret Way, Nursing|
San Francisco CA 94143
|Loyola University Chicago||B.S.||Psychology||2000|
|University of Miami||Ph.D.||Clinical-Health Psychology||2006|
|University of California, San Francisco||Postdoctoral Fellow||Health Psychology||2006|
|University of California, San Francisco||Postdoctoral Fellow||Reproductive Infectious Diseases||2008|
My research program focuses broadly on developing and testing behavioral interventions that address the biopsychosocial vulnerabilities to optimizing HIV/AIDS prevention with people who use stimulants such as methamphetamine. My work demonstrates that HIV-positive stimulant users experience substantial difficulties with HIV disease management that lead to higher viral load, greater risk of onward transmission, and faster disease progression. Cognitive-behavioral substance abuse treatment and contingency management are two evidence-based interventions that target stimulant use as a modifiable driver of HIV-related health disparities. In community-engaged research, I have documented the implementation of these substance abuse interventions with stimulant users in domestic and international settings. Building on this research, my team is currently testing novel behavioral approaches to target prevalent comorbidities such as trauma and cultivate psychological resilience to boost the effectiveness of substance abuse interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention.
Emotion Regulation, Revised Stress and Coping Theory, Substance Use, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Men who Have Sex with Men, Implementation Science, Community-Engaged Research, Psychoneuroimmunology, Neuroimmune Pharmacology
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