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Adrian Aguilera

Assistant Professor

ADRIAN AGUILERA is assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare.

Dr. Aguilera’s current research interests focus on utilizing digital health and mobile technologies to improve health and mental healthcare of low-income and ethnic minority populations, with a focus on Latino and Spanish speaking populations. He is also interested in understanding how culture and socioeconomic status influence mental health and mental health treatment.

A clinical psychologist, Dr. Aguilera is currently developing and testing the impact of an automated text messaging intervention to improve engagement with depression treatment in a public sector setting.

Research/Expertise

  • Culture and SES and Mental Health
  • Mental Health Services Research in Low-Income Populations
  • Latino and Minority Mental Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression
  • Mobile Technology (mHealth) and Mental Health
  • Digital health

Current Projects

In the News

Expanded Publications

Aguilera, A., Schueller, S., Leykin, Y.  (in press). Daily Mood Ratings via Text Message as a Proxy for Clinic Based Depression Assessment. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Aguilera, A. (in press). Digital Technology and Mental Health Interventions: Opportunities and Challenges/Technologia Digital y Intervenciones para la Salud Mental: Oportunidades y Barreras. Arbor.

Aguilera, A., & Berridge, C. (2014). Qualitative Feedback From a Text Messaging Intervention for Depression: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Cultural Differences. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2(4).

Campos, B., Ullman, J., Aguilera, A., Dunkel-Schetter, C. (2014). Familism and psychological health: The intervening role of closeness and social support. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(2), 191-201: doi: 10.1037/a0034094

Leykin, Y., Aguilera, A., Pérez-Stable, E. J., & Muñoz, R. F. (2013). Prompting Depression Treatment Seeking among Smokers: A Comparison of Participants from Six Countries in an Internet Stop Smoking RCT. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 31(3), 238-247.

Campos, B., Ullman, J., Aguilera, A., Dunkel-Schetter, C. (2013). Familism and psychological health: The intervening role of closeness and social support (in press).

Breitborde, N.J.K., Lopez, S.R., Aguilera, A., Kopelowicz, A. (2013). Perceptions of Efficacy, Expressed Emotion: The Case of Emotional Over-involvement. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 201(8).

Aguilera, A., & Muench, F. (2012). There’s an app for that: Information technology applications for cognitive behavioral practitioners. The Behavior Therapist. 35(4), 65-73.

Muñoz, R. F., Aguilera, A., Schueller, S. M., Leykin, Y., & Pérez-Stable, E. J. (2012). From online randomized controlled trials to participant preference studies: Morphing the San Francisco stop smoking site into a worldwide smoking cessation resource. Journal of Medical Internet Research.14(1):e5.

Leykin, Y., Aguilera, A., Torres, L.D., Perez-Stable, E., Muñoz, R.F. (2012). Interpreting the outcomes of automated Internet-based trials: Example of an international smoking cessation study. Journal of Medical Internet Research.14(1):e5.

Aguilera, A. & Muñoz, R.F.  (2011) Text messaging as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapy: A feasibility/usability pilot study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 42(6), 472-478

Leykin, Y., Torres, L.D, Aguilera, A., Muñoz, R.F. (2010). Factor structure of the CES-D in a sample of Spanish- and English-speaking smokers on the Internet. Psychiatry Research, 185(1-2), 30.

Aguilera, A., Lopez, S.R., Breitborde, N.J.K, Kopelowicz, A., Zarate, R. (2010). Expressed emotion, sociocultural context and the course of schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(4), 875-85.

Aguilera, A., Garza, M.J., Munoz, R.F. (2010). Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Spanish: Culture Sensitive Manualized Treatment in Practice. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66(8), 857.

Lopez, S.R., Lara, M.C., Kopelowicz, A., Solano, S., Foncerrada, H., Aguilera, A. (2009). La CLAve to increase psychosis literacy of Spanish-speaking community residents and family caregivers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(4), 12.

Aguilera, A., Lopez, S.R. (2008). Community determinants of Latinos’ use of mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 59(4), 408.