Adrian Aguilera, PhD

Founder, dHEAL (Digital Health Equity Research Lab)
Associate Professor
UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

Adrian Aguilera, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in Psychology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Aguilera has studied the influence of culture and socioeconomic status on mental health outcomes and is now applying that knowledge to technology applications for health. His current research focuses on utilizing digital technologies to improve mental healthcare for low-income and underserved populations. His most recent work has been the development and testing of a text messaging based companion to cognitive behavioral treatment for depression with the goal increasing engagement and improving outcomes.

Publications on PubMed

Featured Publications: 

Daily mood ratings via text message as a proxy for clinic based depression assessment.

Journal of affective disorders

Aguilera A, Schueller SM, Leykin Y

Results from a trial of an unsupported internet intervention for depressive symptoms.

Internet interventions

Leykin Y, Muñoz RF, Contreras O, Latham MD

Assessing the impact of relative social position and absolute community resources on depression and obesity among smokers.

American journal of community psychology

Aguilera A, Leykin Y, Adler N, Muñoz RF

A Self-Paced, Web-Based, Positive Emotion Skills Intervention for Reducing Symptoms of Depression: Protocol for Development and Pilot Testing of MARIGOLD.

JMIR research protocols

Cheung EO, Addington EL, Bassett SM, Schuette SA, Shiu EW, Cohn MA, Leykin Y, Saslow LR, Moskowitz JT

Diabetes Screening among Antipsychotic-Treated Adults with Severe Mental Illness in an Integrated Delivery System: A Retrospective Cohort Study.

Journal of general internal medicine

Mangurian C, Schillinger D, Newcomer JW, Vittinghoff E, Essock S, Zhu Z, Dyer W, Schmittdiel J

Smartphone-Based Conversational Agents and Responses to Questions About Mental Health, Interpersonal Violence, and Physical Health.

JAMA internal medicine

Miner AS, Milstein A, Schueller S, Hegde R, Mangurian C, Linos E