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STAHR Steering Committee

Dilip Jeste, MDDilip Jeste, MD
STAHR Program Director

Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Memorial Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at University of California San Diego, and Co-Director of the UC San Diego-IBM Center on Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living. Dr. Jeste is a geriatric neuropsychiatrist who specializes in successful aging, neurobiology of wisdom, as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults. His main area of interest is successful psychosocial aging. He is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and Principal Investigator on several research and training grants. His main areas of research include schizophrenia, neuropsychiatric interventions, and successful aging.

Scott Letendre, MD Scott Letendre, MD
STAHR Program Co-Director

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease) and Psychiatry in Residence at the University of California, San Diego who performs translational, patient-oriented research of the central nervous system complications of chronic infections, including HIV, HCV, and CMV. As part of a multidisciplinary research team, he conducts interventional trials focused on the prevention and treatment of neurocognitive and mood disorders as well as studies of the pharmacokinetics of antiretrovirals, the effects of comorbidities and substance abuse, and biomarker correlates of disease. Dr. Letendre is also Chair of the Neurology Collaborative Science Group of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group and founding co-chair of the International Workshop on HIV & Aging.

María J. Marquine, PhDMaría J. Marquine, PhD 
STAHR Program Deputy Director

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego. Dr. Marquine’s broad research interests center on identifying psychosocial and biomedical determinants of neurocognitive and mental health outcomes among older Hispanics/Latinos living in the US, particularly those infected with HIV.

Sara Gianella, MD Sara Gianella Weibel, MD

Dr. Gianella is a physician specialized in infectious disease and a researcher in the area of translational virology, molecular biology, and immunology. Her primary research focus is on the transmission dynamics and persistence of HIV in various anatomic compartments (genital and central nervous system), and interactions with co-infecting viruses, especially cytomegalovirus. She is also investigating clinical complications related to persistent immune activation during treated HIV-infection and sex-differences in HIV pathogenesis. Her work involves bioinformatics to characterize viral evolution during and after HIV transmission and viral dynamics between anatomic compartments.

Dr. Gianella is an active member of the ACTG Women's Health Inter-Network Scientific Committee, and she is the director of the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Translational Virology (TV) Core. She is also leading the Virology Unit of the HIV Neuro-behavioral Research Center (HNRC). 

Mariana Cherner, PhD Mariana Cherner, PhD

Dr. Cherner is a Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD and a faculty member in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She directs the Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship in NeuroAIDS (IRFN) and is an investigator within the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP). Her research focuses on neurobehavioral correlates of HIV in the context of substance use, particularly on individual differences in vulnerability to methamphetamine-related brain dysfunction, and more recently, CNS effects at the intersection of HIV and cannabis. She is also very interested in culturally competent neuropsychological assessment, with a focus on Spanish speakers and HIV in resource-limited settings. Dr. Cherner is substantially involved in research mentoring and mentor training.

David Moore, PhD David Moore, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD. Dr. Moore is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology and interventions research. Dr. Moore’s HIV research has been funded by NIMH, NIDA, NIA and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program. In recognition of his research, mentoring, and service efforts for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, the American Psychological Association (APA) awarded him the 2013 Psychology and AIDS Emerging Leader Award. His research focuses on the neuropsychological and everyday functioning challenges of persons living with HIV infection. Recently, he has been examining the protective factors that allow persons to successfully age with HIV. In addition, Dr. Moore has developed a personalized text messaging intervention to improve antiretroviral medication adherence for persons living with HIV.

David Moore, PhDRaeanne Moore, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD. Dr. Moore’s research focuses on innovative digital health technologies to improve assessment of daily, cognitive, and emotional functioning among older adults with chronic medical problems (e.g., HIV) and serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder). Dr. Moore’s research is focused around three broad themes: 1) Develop and validate mobile assessments of cognition and daily functioning; 2) Using technology to improve treatment outcomes; and 3) Determining the protective role of positive psychological traits on successful aging outcomes.

Dr. Moore is an investigator at the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP), faculty member in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Neuropsychology, and on the Board of Directors of UCSD’s Mental Health Technology Center (MHTech).

David Yassai-Gonzalez David Yassai-Gonzalez, B.S.
Program Coordinator

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