Each SHARP scholar is matched with a mentor team, with whom they work throughout the summer. These mentors provide guidance on the scholar’s project, serve as a sounding board for the scholar’s educational career and goals, and provide coaching on how to work in a public health research environment.
John A. Sauceda, PhD, MSc is one of the principal investigators (MPI) of SHARP and a health psychologist. He is Assistant Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies in the Division of Prevention Science at UCSF. His research aims to improve mental health outcomes and reduce health disparities in Spanish and English-speaking Latino/a communities impacted by HIV. His NIMH-funded research projects include assessing the concept and dimensions of engagement in HIV care among Spanish and English-speaking Latinos in San Francisco, and to model the trajectories of HIV treatment outcomes as a function of depression and substance use in a national cohort of Latinos in HIV care settings. His current NIMH K01 is to develop a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial to develop an adaptive cognitive and behavioral therapy program for depression with the aid of a mobile health tool. He seeks to understand the role of Latino/a culture and Spanish language in mental health treatment utilization and HIV care and treatment management.