Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Behavioral Medicine


Kristen Wells, PhD, MPH / Vanessa Malcarne, PhD




(619) 607-7672

Research Interests

My area of research focuses on reducing health disparities by developing, testing, and evaluating various intervention approaches. I am also interested in increasing the availability and accessibility of culturally and linguistically competent measures to increase representation of minority groups in research.

Representative Publications
  • Blashill, A.J., Gordon, J.R., Rojas S. A., Ramers C. B., Lin, C.D., Carrizosa, C.M., Nogg, K.A., Lamb, K.M., Lucido, N.C., Jones, I.J., Rivera, D., Cobian Aguilar, R.A., Brady, J.P., Fuentes, M., & Wells, K.J. (2021). Pilot randomized controlled trial of a patient navigation intervention to enhance engagement in the PrEP continuum among young Latino MSM: A protocol paper. BMJ Online.

  • Wells, K.J., Drizin, J. H., Ustjanauskas, A.E., Vázquez-Otero, C., Pan-Weisz, T.M., Ung, D., Carrizosa, C., Laronga, C., Roetzheim, R.G., Johnston, K., Norton, M., Cobian Aguilar, R., Quinn, G. P. (under review). The psychosocial needs of underserved breast cancer survivors and perspectives of their clinicians and support providers. Supportive Care in Cancer.

  • 2021 Strategic Enhancement of Excellence through Diversity (SEED) Fellowship
  • UCSD Graduate Division 2022-2023 San Diego State University Graduate Fellowship