Center for Digital Health

Adrian Aguilera, PhD

Associate Professor, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, Associate Professor, UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Biography

Adrian Aguilera, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco. He received his B.A, from Stanford University, his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and is a licensed psychologist. At UC Berkeley, Dr. Aguilera directs the Digital Health Equity and Access Lab (dHEAL), the Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health (LCOEBH) and at UCSF, he directs the Latino Mental Health Research Program (LMHRP). Dr. Aguilera’s research is focused on developing and testing technology-based interventions to address health disparities in low-income and vulnerable populations. His work has focused on utilizing mobile phone technologies to disseminate mental health interventions. His interventions have focused on using text messaging which has been applied 1) as an adjunct for cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT), 2) a public mental health intervention for COVID-19 related stress and anxiety and 3) a machine learning based intervention to personalize messages to motivate physical activity for individuals with diabetes and depression symptoms. He is passionate about leveraging digital health for equity.