Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor UCSD Behavioral Medicine
Address 619-543-4752 220 Dickinson Street, Suite B / Mail Code 8231 / San Diego, CA 92103
Graduate Institution

SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Research Description

Dr. Montoya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and an attending psychologist at the UC San Diego Owen Clinic. The Owen Clinic provides comprehensive primary care for individuals living with HIV. Her current research focuses on identifying and evaluating strategies for implementing evidence-based practices in settings serving people living with, or at risk for, HIV. Dr. Montoya’s implementation science studies explore the process of adapting and adopting evidence-based treatments for substance use disorder(s) for integration with HIV primary care, as well as identifying strategies for implementing the individualized texting for adherence building (iTAB) intervention into health care settings. The iTAB intervention was specifically designed for populations living with, or at risk for, HIV who experience difficulty achieving and maintaining optimal medication adherence. Her other research examines the combined effect of HIV and comorbidities/cofactors (e.g., methamphetamine use and aging) on mental health and functional outcomes.

Representative Publications
  • Moore, D. J., Pasipanodya, E., Umlauf, A., Rooney, A., Gouaux, B., Depp, C. A., Atkinson, J. H., & Montoya, J. L. (2018). Individualized texting for adherence building (iTAB) for methamphetamine users living with HIV: A pilot randomized clinical trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 189: 154-160. PMID: 29958127. PMCID: PMC6324532.

  • Montoya, J. L., Jankowski, C. M., O’Brien, K. K., Webel, A. R., Oursler, K. K., Henry, B. L., Moore, D. J., & Erlandson, K. M. (2019). Evidence-informed practical recommendations for increasing physical activity among persons living with HIV. AIDS, 33(6): 931-939. PMID: 30676397. PMCID: PMC6457127.

  • Montoya, J. L., Campbell, L. M., Paolillo, E. W., Ellis, R. J., Letendre, S. L., Jeste, D. L., & Moore, D. J. (2019). Inflammation relates to poorer complex motor performance among adults living with HIV on suppressive antiretroviral therapy. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 80: 15-23. PMID: 30365450. PMCID: PMC6289807.


David J. Moore / Gregory Aarons / Igor Grant