Steve Morin, PhD

  • Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
  • Director, Policy & Ethics Core
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Steve Morin PhD

Dr. Morin is a Professor of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Prevention Science in the Department of Medicine. He is Director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) and the AIDS Policy Research Center (APRC). He is also Associate Director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).  He also holds the Walter Gray Endowed Chair in HIV/AIDS Science at the AIDS Research Institute.

Prior to 1987, he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF and was one of the original scientists to initiate behavioral research on HIV prevention, which ultimately led to CAPS. In 1987, Dr. Morin left UCSF to serve as a principal legislative assistant to Representative Nancy Pelosi, and from 1992 to 1997, he worked for the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds most of the federal response to AIDS. Over these ten years, he played a part in almost every AIDS-related policy at the federal level. After the 1992 election, he chaired the Presidential Transition Team for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Since his return to UCSF in 1997, Dr. Morin has developed has served as Principal Investigator on more than 28 grants. At the state level, Dr. Morin has led projects to evaluate local HIV prevention programs and the acceptability of the HIV surveillance systems and to recommend structural changes to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). At the national level, he completed a study for HRSA to better understand racial and ethnic disparities in access to federally funded HIV medications and to assess the prevalence and type of Prevention with Positives services offered at Ryan White CARE Act-funded clinics. He also served as the PI of Health Related Interventions for People Living with HIV, an NIMH-funded multi-site study of the efficacy of a counseling intervention for people living with HIV designed to reduce further transmission of HIV. He also recently completed a HRSA-sponsored evaluation of 15 demonstration projects for Prevention with Positives in Clinical Settings.

At the international level, Dr. Morin is PI of the Zimbabwe site for NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043): a phase III randomized controlled trial of community mobilization, mobile testing, same-day results, and post-test support for HIV in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Thailand. He has also served as Co-chair of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Community Working Group, and completed two research projects on enhancing community participation in prevention research at three international sites (Zimbabwe, Thailand, and Peru). He has also served as PI on projects creating two briefing monographs for the UN Special Session on AIDS. He is currently developing prevention with positive interventions for developing countries.

Dr. Morin has served as Vice-Chair of the UCSF Committee on Human Research, the University’s Institutional Review Board. He teaches prevention, policy and implementation science in the new UCSF program in Global Health Sciences.

Research interests

Policy Science, Prevention Science, HIV Prevention, AIDS Policy, Prevention with Positives, HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Health Care Disparities

Current research


  • 1971, Ph.D. (Psychology), The Ohio State University, Columbus , OH
  • 1969, M.A (Psychology), The Ohio State University, Columbus , OH
  • 1967, B.A (Psychology), University of Massachusetts, Amherst , MA

Last modified: March 27, 2014