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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.

Selected 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).

Expanded list of publications

Media / Title



Audio: Public Health Minute

WUFT 3.26.14

Video: UC Berkeley ‘ Texting Therapy’ Helping Treat Depression



“Text Therapy’ May Ease Isolation”



“Encouraging Text Messages Can Help with Mental Disorder Recovery, Research Finds”

The Daily Californian