Archived Events

Please see also archived presentations from Methods Core Seminars.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

CAPS Town Hall presents: Carol Camlin, PhD, MPH


‘Redemption’ of the ‘spoiled’ identity:

The role of HIV-positive individuals in HIV care cascade interventions


Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

UCSF Mission Hall –3rd Floor – Room 3700

550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA


This paper presents findings of qualitative studies conducted within two clinical trials in eastern Africa that reveal ways in which the advent of widespread HIV testing campaigns and ‘treatment for all’ has accelerated a widespread ‘therapeutic citizenship’ project. The analysis draws upon the scholarship on therapeutic citizenship, contemporary anthropological work on spirituality and evangelical Christianity in Africa, as well as Goffman’s original conceptualization of stigma as a social process through which a person’s identity is rendered ‘spoiled’.  Narratives from in-depth interviews with over one hundred individuals in Kenya and Uganda reveal how HIV-positive people, who have not been always conceptualized as actors but rather usually as targets of HIV interventions, are using the resources and discourses of HIV biomedicine and its programs to fashion a new empowered subjecthood. Experiencing the benefits of ART emboldens many individuals to transform stigmatized identities to attain new, valorized identities as ‘advocates for ART’ in their communities. The telling of personal stories about HIV in the public sphere, or what some refer to as the ‘gospel of ARVs’, and actions to accompany other HIV-positive people on their journey into care, is driven by its power to redeem the ‘spoiled’ identity. HIV-positive people thereby play an unanticipated but vital role in the successful implementation of HIV care cascade interventions.

Carol Camlin, PhD MPH, is faculty in the Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and affiliated with the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. Her research crosses the disciplines of social demography, sociology and public health, and focuses on gender, HIV, and population mobility. She is Principal Investigator of a 5-year study to examine the impact of mobility on HIV transmission dynamics and care cascade outcomes in communities participating in the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) trial. She also contributes expertise in applying mixed methods approaches and behavioral and social theory within HIV intervention and implementation studies as Co-Investigator of several randomized controlled trials in health systems and communities in sub-Saharan Africa.


UCSF Division of Prevention Sciences

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

CAPS eHealth Town Hall: Johannes Thrul, PhD — Using Ecological Momentary Assessment for Collecting Real Time Data on Health Behaviors

CAPS eHealth Town Hall Presents:

Johannes Thrul, PhD

Using Ecological Momentary Assessment for Collecting

Real Time Data on Health Behaviors

Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

UCSF Mission Hall –3rd Floor - Room 3700

550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA


Dr. Johannes Thrul will present on Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA), a novel method to collect health behavior data of research participants. His talk will cover different technologies available to implement EMA and his experiences with conducting EMA research which can be directly applicable to HIV research.


Johannes Thrul is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.  He earned his PhD in Psychology in 2013 from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. In his dissertation research, conducted at the Institute for Therapy Research (IFT), Munich, he focused on behavioral smoking cessation interventions for adolescents, studying issues of participant recruitment and intervention effectiveness. At IFT, he co-developed and conducted a study using smartphones and an ecological momentary assessment (EMA) paradigm to investigate smoking patterns of young adult smokers over the course of several months. During his graduate studies, he participated in the interdisciplinary European Graduate School in Addiction Research (ESADD) at Dresden University of Technology and undertook research stays in the U.S. and Switzerland.

Friday, August 19th, 2016

California’s “End of Life Option Act” and Persons Living with HIV: Facts, Debates, and Challenges

The CAPS Policy and Ethics Core announces an upcoming policy roundtable presentation on Friday, August 19, at 11am in the amfAR Conference Room MH-3700 (formerly known as the McKusick Conference Room):

California’s “End of Life Option Act” and Persons Living with HIV:
Facts, Debates, and Challenges

Lois A. Weithorn, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Law
UC Hastings College of Law

On June 9, 2016, California’s End of Life Option Act became effective.  The law allows physicians to provide aid in dying to a limited subset of persons who request such aid.  To qualify for aid, a person must have an “incurable and irreversible disease” that “will, within reasonable medical judgment, result in death within six months.” The individual must also be legally competent to make personal treatment decisions and physically capable of self-administering the prescription.  The legislation contains a range of safeguards with the goal of promoting well-informed, voluntary decisions by those persons receiving aid in dying under the Act.  In addition, no provider or institution is required to participate.

This presentation will analyze the legislative provisions, placing them within broader legal contexts.  Professor Weithorn will highlight the themes of debates surrounding legalization of physician aid in dying, discussing findings that inform these debates.  She will also note some of the initial challenges participating providers in California must address.  Throughout, she will explore the application of the issues raised to persons with HIV who seek physician assistance under the Act, considering also whether there are special issues relating to requests for aid in dying made by persons living with HIV.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

CAPS Town Hall presents: Sarah Woolf-King, PhD, MPH

Alcohol use and HIV sexual risk behavior: A complex answer to a (seemingly) simple question

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

UCSF Mission Hall –3rd Floor – Room 3700

550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Woolf-King will discuss a decade of empirical findings on the association between alcohol use and sexual risk behavior across multiple populations using a variety of novel research methods—from experimental studies to intensive longitudinal data collection using interactive voice response technology.

Sarah Woolf-King, PhD, MPH, is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research is broadly concerned with the intersection between psychology and health, with a focus on populations affected by substance use, HIV, and congenital heart defects (CHD). The primary aim of her HIV research is to better characterize the impact of alcohol use on HIV treatment and prevention in both domestic and international populations. She is currently conducting an NIH/NIAAA-funded (K01) ecological momentary assessment (EMA) study examining the event-level relationship between alcohol use and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. She is also involved with several projects in East Africa examining alcohol use among HIV-positive adults and assessing the impact of screening and brief interventions to reduce this alcohol use.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

CAPS Communty Town Hall presents Andrew Reynolds: Sex-C: A Potential Research Agenda for Understanding Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C

While the overall risk of sexual transmission of HCV is comparatively low, risk of transmission is much higher for HIV-infected persons and MSM.  The implications for prevention of both primary infection and re-infection are profound, and more work and research is needed to better understand this problem.

This presentation will cover sexual transmission of HCV, discuss strategies for health education and risk reduction counseling, and give some examples of educational materials for both providers and patients.  We’ll present a research strategy to look at sexual transmission of HCV and suggest next steps and possible roles for CAPS research.

Andrew Reynolds in the Hepatitis C Education Manager at Project Inform.  He writes health education materials, fact sheets and articles on all aspects of hepatitis C awareness, prevention and treatment.  He is the author of the Positively Aware “Annual Hepatitis C Drug Guide,” and serves on the AASLD/IDSA HCV Guidance Panel.  Andrew writes and lectures extensively on sexual transmission of HCV.  He developed the Hepatitis C Screening Toolkit for HIV Providers, and a soon-to-be-published booklet entitled “Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C: Tips for Gay Men.”

Andrew is a member of CAPS Community Advisory Board.

12:00pm-1:00pm. 3rd Floor – Room 3700, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

Portrait photo of Andrew Reynolds, Hepatitis C Education Manager at Project Inform and CAPS Community Advisory Board Member

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

CAPS Methods Core Presents a Joint Methods/TAPS Postdoctoral Session

Title: Social Network Data Collection Approaches and Strategies for Introductory Analysis and Intervention Planning

Presenter: John A. Schneider MD, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor, Medicine and Epidemiology

Director, Chicago Center for HIV Elimination

Department of Medicine | Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Chicago

Abstract: I will be reviewing network data collection approaches and strategies for different types of introductory analysis and intervention planning.  If people can bring some of their network projects I could provide advice and support as well.

2:00pm-4:00pm. 2nd Floor – Room 3700, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

CAPS Town Hall presents John Schneider, MD, MPH: Network Interventions for HIV Elimination in the United States

John Schneider, MD, MPH, is an infectious disease specialist and network epidemiologist in the Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the University of Chicago.  He is also Director of the University of Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (

Clinically, he specializes in HIV prevention and has a specific interest in the provision of high-quality care to younger Black men who have sex with men and transgender women.  He has extensive experience with advancing the physician patient relationship in resource restricted settings, including his current clinic at a Federally Qualified Health Center on the South Side of Chicago and during his time working in Southern India.

Dr. Schneider’s research focuses on how social networks can be leveraged to improve the health of at risk populations in resource restricted settings.

12:00pm-1:00pm. 3rd Floor – Room 3700, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

John Schneider at a speaker podium speaking

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

CAPS eHealth Town Hall presents Josh Stein: AdhereTech’s smart pill bottles to track & improve adherence in real time

AdhereTech ( makes patented smart pill bottles designed to automatically track and analyze adherence in real time. If doses are missed, patients can receive customizable alerts and interventions – using automated phone calls, text messages, and more. AdhereTech’s smart pill bottles have been used by top healthcare institutions since 2013, including The Mount Sinai Health System, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and others. AdhereTech smart bottles are being studied for their potential to increase adherence and duration on therapy.

Josh Stein is the CEO & Cofounder of AdhereTech. Josh has been a featured speaker at TEDMED, The National Institute of Health, HIMSS, Stanford Medicine X, and The Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit. Josh has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

12:00pm-1:00pm. 3rd Floor – Room 3700, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

Josh Stein, CEO an Co-Founder of Adhere Tech, with open arm and hand gesture at a TED Med talk

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

CAPS Town Hall presents Dr. Valerie Jenness: Feminization of Trans Women in Prisons for Men: How An Alpha Male Total Institution Shapes Gender

Valerie Jenness is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on the links between deviance and social control, the politics of crime control, social movements and social change, and transformations in corrections and public policy. She is the author of four books, including, most recently, Appealing to Justice: Prisoners, Grievances, and the Carceral Logic in the Post-Civil Rights Era (with Kitty Calavita, University of California Press, 2015) and many articles published in sociology, law, and criminology journals. Her work has been honored with awards from the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Pacific Sociological Association, the Law and Society Association, the Western Society of Criminology, University of California, and Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America.

Her studies of sexual assault in prisons, the management of prisoners with mental health concerns, transgender prisoners, and the inmate appeals system in prison have broken new ground and informed public policy. In addition, she has served on the Governor’s Rehabilitation Strike Team to assist with the implementation of legislation designed to provide rehabilitation services to tens of thousands of California prisoners (AB 900). More recently, she has worked with the Los Angeles Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to develop and implement innovative policy related to the management and care of transgender prisoners.

12:00pm-1:00pm. 2nd Floor – Room 2700, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94143

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

CAPS eHealth Town Hall presents Fiona Smythe: Applications of Mobile Pharmacy Technology in HIV Research

Fiona will discuss how texting and mobile apps are being used at pharmacies across the country to help patients with chronic disease stay adherent to their medications. She will provide a brief demonstration of the mscripts mobile application, and then discuss the potential uses of mobile technology to reach out to and better understand targeted populations, such as patients with HIV. She will present research on medication adherence in an HIV population, conducted with Avella Specialty Pharmacy, as well as more recent data from texting outreach programs. We’ll save time at the end of the meeting to discuss potential opportunities for research using mobile pharmacy technology.

About mscripts: mscripts helps pharmacy patients manage their medications and adherence through an easy-to-use mobile and web health management platform. Pharmacies provide their patients with white-labeled versions of mscripts’ mobile applications, websites, and 2-way interactive SMS messaging, enabling them to refill, receive reminders to fill and take medications, and receive information related to their prescriptions. mscripts improves adherence by providing reminders, education, health information, and cost savings, and applying advanced analytics to better understand patient behavior. The mscripts’ platform serves millions of patients at national, regional and specialty pharmacies along with hospital out-patient systems. More information is available at

12:00pm-1:00pm. 3rd Floor – Room 3500, Mission Hall, 550 16th Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA 94143