Adrian Aguilera, Ph.D.

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Research Interests

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.


Stanford University, 2002, Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 2006, Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D., 2009, Clinical Psychology
University of California, San Francisco, 2011, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Services Research


2018-Present Associate Professor - UC Berkeley Social Welfare/UCSF Psychiatry
2011-2018 Assistant Professor – UC, Berkeley Social Welfare
2009-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Services Research Training Program (NIMH T32). UCSF
2008-2009 Clinical Psychology Intern – San Francisco Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Current Research Support

AHRQ 1R01 HS25429-01
Improving Diabetes and Depression Self-Management via Adaptive Mobile Messaging
Role: Principal Investigator

HRSA Center of Excellence
Latinx Center of Excellence in Social Work
Role: Principal Investigator

Selected Publications (in chronological order)

  • Marcelle ET, Nolting L, Hinshaw SP, Aguilera A. (2019). Effectiveness of a Multimodal Digital Psychotherapy Platform for Adult Depression: A Naturalistic Feasibility Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2019;7(1):e10948. DOI: 10.2196/10948
  • Aguilera, A., Schueller, S. (2018). Leveraging mobile technologies to improve mental health in underserved populations: Lessons learned from Latino immigrants and homeless populations. The Behavior Therapist.
  • Watterson, J. L., Rodriguez, H. P., Shortell, S. M., & Aguilera, A. (2018). Improved Diabetes Care Management Through a Text-Message Intervention for Low-Income Patients: Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. JMIR diabetes, 3(4).
  • García, Y., Ferrás, C., Rocha, Á., & Aguilera, A. (2018). Design and acceptability of a psychosocial text messaging intervention for victims of gender-based violence. Health informatics journal, 1460458218792688.
  • Aguilera, A., Ramos, Z., Sistiva, D. Wang, Y. Alegria, M. (2018). Homework completion via telephone and in-person Cognitive Behavioral Therapy among Latinos. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 1-8.
  • Demasi, O., Feygin, S., Dembo, A., Aguilera, A., Recht, B. (2017) Well-Being Tracking via Smartphone-Measured Activity and Sleep. JMIR mHealth and uHealth.
  • Aguilera, A., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., Liu, N., Bravin, J., (2017) Implementing Group CBT for Depression among Latinos in Primary Care. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
  • Aguilera, A., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., DeMasi, O., Avila-Garcia, P., (2017) Automated text messaging as an adjunct to CBT for depression: A clinical trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research.
  • Schueller, S. M., Aguilera, A., & Mohr, D. C. (2017). Ecological momentary interventions for depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety, 34(6), 540-545.
  • Aguilera, A., & Lyles, C.R. (2017) The Case for Jointly Targeting Diabetes and Depression Among Vulnerable Patients Using Digital Technology. JMIR Diabetes.
  • Bruehlman-Senecal, E., Aguilera, A., Schueller, S. M. (2017) Phone-based mood ratings prospectively predict psychotherapy attendance in a public hospital clinic. Behavior Therapy.