Program Administration

T32 Executive Committee

Robert K Heaton, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego Co-Director, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Clinical Psychology
Role on T32: Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI), Primary Mentor.
Research Interests: Neurobehavioral and everyday functioning consequences of HIV infection and substance use disorders; influence of demographic factors (e.g., age, education, sex, ethnicity) on cognitive test performance; the development of comprehensive demographically-corrected normative data for neuropsychological tests and standardized methods for detecting significant NP changes over time; cross-cultural neuropsychology.
Email: Robert Heaton

Igor Grant, MD, FRCP©
Distinguished Professor and Chair Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: T32 Co-Director, Primary Mentor
Research Interests: Effects of HIV on the brain and the potential that abuse of certain drugs, such as methamphetamine, in combination with aging, produce accelerated CNS injury; therapeutic potential of medicinal cannabis; psychobiological effects of chronic stress on physiologic and behavioral function.
Email: Igor Grant

Thomas Marcotte, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Associate Co-Director, Primary Mentor
Research Interests: NeuroAIDS; cannabis (including medicinal cannabis); state-of-the art technological tools for investigating the CNS impact of HIV and its comorbidities (e.g., a driving simulator and iPad neurocognitive screening battery); international assessment of the neurocognitive effects of HIV/AIDS (India, Romania).
Email: Tom Marcotte

Erin Morgan, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Associate Co-Director, Primary Mentor
Research Interests: the use of cognitive models in relation to clinical populations of addiction, HIV, and aging, including social cognition, health literacy, and cognitive reserve.
Email: Erin Morgan

T32 Faculty Mentors

Gregory Brown, Ph.D., ABPP/CN
Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor, Internal Advisory Board Member
Research Interests: Using functional, structural, and metabolic neuroimaging methods and computational modeling to investigate neuropsychiatric disorders, including those associated with substance use disorders and HIV.
Email: Gregory Brown

 

Mariana Cherner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor, Internal Advisory Board Member
Research Interests: Neurobehavioral consequences of infectious disease and substance abuse as well as cross-cultural neuropsychological evaluation; individual differences in vulnerability to brain dysfunction associated with METH and other drugs in the context of HIV infection (e.g., genetic factors); neurocognitive consequences of hepatitis C; cultural and linguistic considerations in the assessment of cognition and everyday functioning.
Email: Mariana Cherner

 

Ronald Ellis, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor Department of Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor
Research Interests: HIV- and substance-related neurologic disorders; viral, inflammatory and vascular factors related to neuroAIDS and substance abuse; mechanisms and clinical correlates (e.g., cognitive) of neural injury and treatment.
Email: Ronald Ellis

David Grelotti, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor
Research Interests: measurement-based care model for the treatment of depression among HIV-infected persons in Haiti, as well as studies of the recreational use of HIV antiretroviral medication in South Africa. Clinical work: Director of Mental Health Services at Owen Clinic.
Email: David Grelotti

 

Jennifer E. Iudicello Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor
Research Interests: Neurocognitive and real-world consequences associated with HIV, substance use disorders, and aging; the relationship between vascular injury and central nervous system consequences in HIV and substance use disorders.
Email: Jennifer Iudicello

 

Scott Letendre, M.D.
Professor Departments of Medicine & Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor, Internal Advisory Board Member
Research Interests: CNS effects of HIV disease and co-factors, such as substance use and co-infections; the identification and validation of novel biomarkers of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and the effects of antiretroviral therapy on the central nervous system.
Email: Scott Letendre

 

Maria J. Marquine, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor
Research Interests: Identifying psychosocial and biomedical determinants of neurocognitive and mental health outcomes among older Hispanics/Latinos living in the US, particularly those infected with HIV.
Email: Maria Marquine

 

David J. Moore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor, Internal Advisory Board Member
Research Interests: the interplay between substance use disorders, mental illness, and HIV, and their resulting impact on both neurocognitive and daily functioning outcomes; novel interventional strategies and methods to improve antiretroviral adherence among difficult to treat populations including HIV-infected persons who are active methamphetamine users (e.g., Individualized Texting for Adherence Building, iTAB); clinicopathological studies of neuroAIDS.
Email: David Moore

 

Raeanne C. Moore, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor
Research Interests: aging, successful aging, mHealth, neuropsychology, everyday functioning, positive psychological traits, HIV/AIDS, serious mental illness, ecological momentary assessment, cognitive and functional rehabilitation.
Email: Raeanne Moore

 

Marc Norman, Ph.D., ABPP/CN
Associate Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor, Clinical Supervisor
Research Interests: Effects of demographic factors (e.g., ethnicity) on neuropsychological functioning in healthy adults and individuals with CNS injury, neuropsychological assessment, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, transplantation, traumatic brain injury, other neurologic diseases.
Email: Marc Norman

 

William Perry, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor
Research Interests: Cognitive dysfunction in psychiatric and viral illnesses, including HIV and HCV; inhibitory and information processing deficits in psychiatric illness, substance use disorders (e.g., methamphetamine), and infectious diseases.
Email: William Perry

 

Marc A. Schuckit, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor
Research Interests: Genetic and environmental influences in alcohol and drug use disorders; comorbid psychiatric conditions in the context of alcohol and drug use; and diagnostic systems related to these conditions; increasing the understanding of the biologic underpinnings of the low sensitivity to alcohol through functional brain imaging techniques; implementing a program to decrease heavy drinking in adolescents by teaching them about genetically influenced characteristics they carry that increase their risks for alcohol-related problems.
Email: Marc Schuckit

 

Susan F. Tapert, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Role on T32: Primary Mentor
Research Interests: How substance use and related disorders affect adolescent neurodevelopment; adolescents at risk for alcohol use disorders and the influence of initiating heavy drinking and other substance use; using neuropsychological testing and structural, functional, and diffusion MRI; diagnostic interviews and neuropsychological test administration with adolescents and young adults; fMRI experimental design and data analysis.
Email: Susan Tapert