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Marina Tolou-Shams, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-2212
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Dr. Tolou-Shams is a UCSF Associate Professor, In Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Division Director of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty, she held an appointment as Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior at Brown Medical School. Over the past decade her roles have included serving as the Director of the Rhode Island Family Court, Mental Health Clinic, the Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Service at the Rhode Island Training School and Assistant Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Evaluation Service of Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Tolou-Shams received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her postdoctoral clinical and research training through the Brown University Psychology Training Consortium. She is trained as a pediatric and forensic psychologist and has many years of clinical experience with assessing and treating high-risk adolescents and their families. Dr. Tolou-Shams is also an active clinical researcher who focuses on developing evidence-based mental health, substance abuse and HIV risk reduction interventions for court-involved, non-incarcerated (CINI) juvenile offenders. She is currently the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded trials aimed toward improving behavioral health outcomes and reducing health disparities for juvenile justice youth, including specific emphasis on interventions for CINI girls.

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    Foster Care Mental Health Family Navigator
    NIH/NIMH R34MH119433Apr 20, 2020 - Mar 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Mentoring to reduce substance use for youth in the juvenile justice system
    NIH/NIDA K24DA046569Aug 15, 2019 - Jul 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Juvenile Court Approaches to Reduce Reproductive Health Disparities
    NIH/NICHD R21HD082330Sep 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Gender-Responsive Drug Use Treatment for Juvenile Justice Girls
    NIH/NIDA R01DA035231Sep 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Drug Use and HIV/STI Risk Trajectories in Court-Involved, Non-Incarcerated Youth
    NIH/NIDA R01DA034538Jul 1, 2013 - Mar 31, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    HIV Prevention in the Family Drug Court
    NIH/NIDA K23DA021532Feb 1, 2008 - Jan 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Inequity and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in the United States: The need for a trauma-informed social justice response. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Jun 01. Fortuna LR, Tolou-Shams M, Robles-Ramamurthy B, Porche MV. PMID: 32478545.
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    2. Feasibility of Social Media-Based Recruitment and Perceived Acceptability of Digital Health Interventions for Caregivers of Justice-Involved Youth: Mixed Methods Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Apr 30; 22(4):e16370. Folk JB, Harrison A, Rodriguez C, Wallace A, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 32352388.
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    3. Key Components of Effective Pediatric Integrated Mental Health Care Models: A Systematic Review. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 Mar 09. Yonek J, Lee CM, Harrison A, Mangurian C, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 32150257.
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    4. Building Skills and Creating Change in the Healthcare System Through Public Psychiatry Fellowship Capstone Projects. Acad Psychiatry. 2020 Apr; 44(2):212-217. Elser A, Thomas M, Tolou-Shams M, Peterson A, Seal J, Dilley J, Mangurian C. PMID: 31879862.
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    5. Ecological Systems in Relation to Latinx Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Narrative Literature Review. Children and Youth Services Review. 2019 Dec 1; 104669. David Hoskins, Peggy Mary Tahir, Margareth Del Cid, Leyla Perez-Gualdron, Marina Tolou-Shams. .
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    6. Cigarette Smoking, Mental Health, and Other Substance Use among Court-Involved Youth. Subst Use Misuse. 2020; 55(4):572-581. Harrison A, Ramo D, Hall SM, Estrada-Gonzalez V, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 31760909.
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    7. The Prospective Impact of Family Functioning and Parenting Practices on Court-Involved Youth's Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior. J Youth Adolesc. 2020 Jan; 49(1):238-251. Folk JB, Brown LK, Marshall BDL, Ramos LMC, Gopalakrishnan L, Koinis-Mitchell D, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 31399895.
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    8. Parent Psychological Distress: A Moderator of Behavioral Health Intervention Outcomes among Justice-Involved Adolescents. J Res Adolesc. 2020 Mar; 30(1):53-62. Ng MY, Tolou-Shams M, Galbraith K, Brown LK. PMID: 31199555.
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    9. Latinx Youth in First Contact with the Justice System: Trauma and Associated Behavioral Health Needs. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2019 06; 50(3):459-472. Hoskins D, Marshall BDL, Koinis-Mitchell D, Galbraith K, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 30483922.
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    10. Factors Associated With Use of Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services by Justice-Involved Youths. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 07 01; 70(7):586-595. Yonek JC, Dauria EF, Kemp K, Koinis-Mitchell D, Marshall BDL, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 31138054.
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    11. Text Messaging to Enhance Behavioral Health Treatment Engagement Among Justice-Involved Youth: Qualitative and User Testing Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 04 05; 7(4):e10904. Tolou-Shams M, Yonek J, Galbraith K, Bath E. PMID: 30950808.
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    12. Substance Use and HIV Among Justice-Involved Youth: Intersecting Risks. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2019 02; 16(1):37-47. Tolou-Shams M, Harrison A, Hirschtritt ME, Dauria E, Barr-Walker J. PMID: 30734906.
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    13. Justice involvement and girls' sexual health: Directions for policy and practice. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2019 Mar; 98:278-283. Tam CC, Dauria EF, Cook MC, Ti A, Comfort M, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 31341344.
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    14. Mental Health Symptoms and Delinquency among Court-Involved Youth Referred for Treatment. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2019 Mar; 98:312-318. Haney-Caron E, Esposito-Smythers C, Tolou-Shams M, Lowery A, Brown LK. PMID: 30858647.
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    15. Mobile Health (mHealth): Building the Case for Adapting Emerging Technologies for Justice-Involved Youth. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 12; 57(12):903-905. Bath E, Tolou-Shams M, Farabee D. PMID: 30522732.
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    16. Sexual Minority, Justice-Involved Youth: A Hidden Population in Need of Integrated Mental Health, Substance Use, and Sexual Health Services. J Adolesc Health. 2018 10; 63(4):421-428. Hirschtritt ME, Dauria EF, Marshall BDL, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 30077548.
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    17. Outcomes of the "STEPS" HIV prevention training program for young males in the penitentiary institution, Ukraine. Int J Prison Health. 2018 06 11; 14(2):101-108. Dauria E, Tolou-Shams M, Skipalska H, Bachmaha M, Hodgdon S. PMID: 29869581.
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    18. The Path to Implementation of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for People Involved in Criminal Justice Systems. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2018 04; 15(2):93-95. Brinkley-Rubinstein L, Dauria E, Tolou-Shams M, Christopoulos K, Chan PA, Beckwith CG, Parker S, Meyer J. PMID: 29516265.
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    19. The role of family functioning in parenting practices of court-involved youth. J Adolesc. 2018 02; 63:165-174. Tolou-Shams M, Brogan L, Esposito-Smythers C, Healy MG, Lowery A, Craker L, Brown LK. PMID: 29310009.
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    20. Mental Health Symptoms and Parenting Stress of Parents of Court-Involved Youth. J Child Fam Stud. 2018 Mar; 27(3):843-852. Brown LK, Tarantino N, Tolou-Shams M, Esposito-Smythers C, Healy MG, Craker L. PMID: 29805245.
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    21. Psychiatric Symptoms, Substance Use, Trauma, and Sexual Risk: A Brief Report of Gender Differences in Marijuana-Using Juvenile Offenders. J Child Adolesc Subst Abuse. 2017; 26(6):433-436. Conrad SM, Queenan R, Brown LK, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 31263348.
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    22. Outcomes of a family-based HIV prevention intervention for substance using juvenile offenders. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 06; 77:115-125. Tolou-Shams M, Dauria E, Conrad SM, Kemp K, Johnson S, Brown LK. PMID: 28476263.
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    23. Adolescent versus Adult Stalking: A Brief Review. J Forensic Psychol Pract. 2016; 16(4):236-252. Roberts K, Tolou-Shams M, Madera K. PMID: 31249475.
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    24. Suicidal ideation and attempts among court-involved, non-incarcerated youth. J Forensic Psychol Pract. 2016; 16(3):169-181. Kemp K, Tolou-Shams M, Conrad S, Dauria E, Neel K, Brown L. PMID: 29142507.
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    25. HIV testing among non-incarcerated substance-abusing juvenile offenders. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2015 Nov; 27(4):467-9. Tolou-Shams M, Conrad S, Louis A, Shuford SH, Brown LK. PMID: 25720046.
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    26. Religion-Related Child Maltreatment: A Profile of Cases Encountered by Legal and Social Service Agencies. Behav Sci Law. 2015 Aug; 33(4):561-79. Bottoms BL, Goodman GS, Tolou-Shams M, Diviak KR, Shaver PR. PMID: 26294386.
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    27. Assessment and treatment of substance abuse in the juvenile justice population. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2014 Apr; 25(1):215-29. Janopaul-Naylor E, Brown JD, Lowenhaupt EA, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 25022195.
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    28. Predictors of detention among juveniles referred for a court clinic forensic evaluation. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2014; 42(1):56-65. Tolou-Shams M, Rizzo CJ, Conrad SM, Johnson S, Oliveira C, Brown LK. PMID: 24618520.
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    29. Gender differences in recidivism rates for juvenile justice youth: the impact of sexual abuse. Law Hum Behav. 2014 Aug; 38(4):305-14. Conrad SM, Tolou-Shams M, Rizzo CJ, Placella N, Brown LK. PMID: 24127890.
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    30. The development of a diversity mentoring program for faculty and trainees: A program at the Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Behav Ther (N Y N Y). 2013 Jun; 36(5):121-126. de Dios MA, Kuo C, Hernandez L, Clark US, Wenze SJ, Boisseau CL, Hunter HL, Reddy MK, Tolou-Shams M, Zlotnick C. PMID: 25346563.
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    31. Affect regulation and HIV risk among youth in therapeutic schools. AIDS Behav. 2012 Nov; 16(8):2272-8. Brown LK, Houck C, Lescano C, Donenberg G, Tolou-Shams M, Mello J. PMID: 22669595.
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    32. Truancy is associated with sexual risk among early adolescents. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 Nov-Dec; 33(9):728-31. Houck CD, Hadley W, Tolou-Shams M, Brown L. PMID: 23117598.
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    33. Depressive Symptoms, Illicit Drug Use and HIV/STI Risk Among Sexual Minority Young Adults. J Gay Lesbian Ment Health. 2013 Jan 11; 17(1):96-102. Tolou-Shams M, Tarantino N, McKirnan DJ, Dyslin KJ. PMID: 23504693.
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    34. Alcohol Use and HIV Risk among Juvenile Drug Court Offenders. J Soc Work Pract Addict. 2012; 12(2):178-188. Tolou-Shams M, Houck CD, Nugent N, Conrad SM, Reyes A, Brown LK. PMID: 22997487.
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    35. The Role of Family Affect in Juvenile Drug Court Offenders' Substance Use and HIV Risk. J Child Fam Stud. 2012 Jun 01; 21(3):449-456. Tolou-Shams M, Hadley W, Conrad SM, Brown LK. PMID: 22661883.
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    36. HIV prevention for juvenile drug court offenders: a randomized controlled trial focusing on affect management. J Correct Health Care. 2011 Jul; 17(3):226-32. Tolou-Shams M, Houck C, Conrad SM, Tarantino N, Stein LA, Brown LK. PMID: 21474529.
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    37. Monitoring challenges: a closer look at parental monitoring, maternal psychopathology, and adolescent sexual risk. J Fam Psychol. 2011 Apr; 25(2):319-23. Hadley W, Hunter HL, Tolou-Shams M, Lescano C, Thompson A, Donenberg G, DiClemente R, Brown LK. PMID: 21417519.
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    38. The Treatment Advocacy Program: a randomized controlled trial of a peer-led safer sex intervention for HIV-infected men who have sex with men. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2010 Dec; 78(6):952-63. McKirnan DJ, Tolou-Shams M, Courtenay-Quirk C. PMID: 20919760.
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    39. Crack and Cocaine Use among Adolescents in Psychiatric Treatment: Associations with HIV Risk. J Child Adolesc Subst Abuse. 2010 Jan 01; 19(2):122-134. Tolou-Shams M, Ewing SW, Tarantino N, Brown LK. PMID: 22224066.
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    40. A review of HIV prevention interventions for juvenile offenders. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Apr; 35(3):250-61. Tolou-Shams M, Stewart A, Fasciano J, Brown LK. PMID: 19741021.
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    41. Youths' HIV risk in the justice system: a critical but neglected issue. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2008 Aug; 47(8):845-6. Brown LK, Tolou-Shams M, Brave Whiteley L. PMID: 18645416.
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    42. Adolescent sexual risk: factors predicting condom use across the stages of change. AIDS Behav. 2008 Nov; 12(6):913-22. Grossman C, Hadley W, Brown LK, Houck CD, Peters A, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 18427971.
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    43. The association between depressive symptoms, substance use, and HIV risk among youth with an arrest history. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2008 Jan; 69(1):58-64. Tolou-Shams M, Brown LK, Houck C, Lescano CM. PMID: 18080065.
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    44. HIV testing among at-risk adolescents and young adults: a prospective analysis of a community sample. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Dec; 41(6):586-93. Tolou-Shams M, Payne N, Houck C, Pugatch D, Beausoleil N, Brown LK. PMID: 18023788.
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    45. Is the Web the culprit? Cognitive escape and Internet sexual risk among gay and bisexual men. AIDS Behav. 2007 Jan; 11(1):151-60. McKirnan D, Houston E, Tolou-Shams M. PMID: 16779660.
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    46. Arrest history as an indicator of adolescent/young adult substance use and HIV risk. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2007 Apr 17; 88(1):87-90. Tolou-Shams M, Brown LK, Gordon G, Fernandez I. PMID: 17092660.
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    47. Depressive symptoms as a predictor of sexual risk among African American adolescents and young adults. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Sep; 39(3):444.e1-8. Brown LK, Tolou-Shams M, Lescano C, Houck C, Zeidman J, Pugatch D, Lourie KJ. PMID: 16919811.
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    48. Elevated risk for tobacco use among men who have sex with men is mediated by demographic and psychosocial variables. Subst Use Misuse. 2006; 41(8):1197-208. McKirnan DJ, Tolou-Shams M, Turner L, Dyslin K, Hope B. PMID: 16798685.
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    49. "Islands of Risk": subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV. J Pediatr Psychol. 2006 Jul; 31(6):619-29. Houck CD, Lescano CM, Brown LK, Tolou-Shams M, Thompson J, Diclemente R, Fernandez MI, Pugatch D, Schlenger WE, Silver BJ. PMID: 16120764.
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    50. Cortical gray matter loss in treatment-naïve alcohol dependent individuals. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2002 Apr; 26(4):558-64. Fein G, Di Sclafani V, Cardenas VA, Goldmann H, Tolou-Shams M, Meyerhoff DJ. PMID: 11981133.
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    51. Neuropsychological performance of individuals dependent on crack-cocaine, or crack-cocaine and alcohol, at 6 weeks and 6 months of abstinence. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2002 Apr 01; 66(2):161-71. Di Sclafani V, Tolou-Shams M, Price LJ, Fein G. PMID: 11906803.
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    52. Premorbid brain size is a determinant of functional reserve in abstinent crack-cocaine and crack-cocaine-alcohol-dependent adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 1998 Nov; 4(6):559-65. Di Sclafani V, Clark HW, Tolou-Shams M, Bloomer CW, Salas GA, Norman D, Fein G. PMID: 10050360.
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    53. Abstinent chronic crack-cocaine and crackcocaine/alcohol abusers evidence normal hippocampal volumes on MRI despite persistent cognitive impairments. Addict Biol. 1998 Jul; 3(3):261-70. DI Sclafani V, Truran DL, Bloomer C, Tolou-Shams M, Clark HW, Norman D, Hannauer D, Fein G. PMID: 26734920.
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