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Joel E. Milam, PhD
Associate Professor of Research Preventive Medicine
Head of Health Behavior Research Postdoctoral Program
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 312D 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8243


Dr. Milam has training and expertise in the the psychological and behavioral adaptation to stress and disease. This includes survivorship studies among clinical populations (cancer and HIV). Dr. Milam has experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating clinic-based health behavior interventions, including medication adherence and follow-up care as primary outcomes, in populations that experience health disparities. His interests also include positive psychology and his research examines the role of positive and protective psychosocial and behavioral factors that can influence health and wellbeing.


Health Insurance Type and Control of Hypertension Among US Women Living With and Without HIV Infection in the Women's Interagency HIV Study. Am J Hypertens. 2017 Apr 12. View in: PubMed

Cervical cancer screening intervals and management for women living with HIV: A risk benchmarking approach. AIDS. 2017 Mar 18. View in: PubMed

Using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale to Assess Depression in Women With HIV and Women at Risk for HIV: Are Somatic Items Invariant? Psychol Assess. Using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale to Assess Depression in Women With HIV and Women at Risk for HIV: Are Somatic Items Invariant? Psychol Assess. 2017 Feb 23. View in: PubMed

Supporting long-term follow-up of young adult survivors of childhood cancer: Correlates of healthcare self-efficacy. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Feb; 64(2):358-363. View in: PubMed

Smoking, HIV, and risk of pregnancy loss. AIDS. 2016 Nov 29. View in: PubMed

Impact of Health Insurance, ADAP, and Income on HIV Viral Suppression Among US Women in the Women's Interagency HIV Study, 2006-2009. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Nov 1; 73(3):307-312. View in: PubMed

Substance use among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2016 Nov; 25(11):1357-1362. View in: PubMed

Positive Affect and Its Association With Viral Control Among Women With HIV Infection. Health Psychol. 2016 Sep 29. View in: PubMed

Shared health characteristics in Hispanic colorectal cancer patients and their primary social support person following primary diagnosis. Psychooncology. 2016 Sep; 25(9):1028-35. View in: PubMed

Utilization of Alcohol Treatment Among HIV-Positive Women with Hazardous Drinking. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 May; 64:55-61. View in: PubMed

Post-traumatic stress is associated with verbal learning, memory, and psychomotor speed in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women. J Neurovirol. 2016 Apr; 22(2):159-69. View in: PubMed

Stressful Life Events and Predictors of Post-traumatic Growth among High-Risk Early Emerging Adults. J Posit Psychol. 2016 Jan 1; 11(1):1-14. View in: PubMed

The association of perceived stress and verbal memory is greater in HIV-infected versus HIV-uninfected women. J Neurovirol. 2015 Aug; 21(4):422-32. View in: PubMed

Post-traumatic growth, stressful life events, and relationships with substance use behaviors among alternative high school students: A prospective study. Psychol Health. 2015 Apr; 30(4):475-94. View in: PubMed

Cancer-related follow-up care among Hispanic and non-Hispanic childhood cancer survivors: The Project Forward study. Cancer. 2015 Feb 15; 121(4):605-13. View in: PubMed

Parental stress increases body mass index trajectory in pre-adolescents. Pediatr Obes. 2014 Dec; 9(6):435-42. View in: PubMed

Factors associated with high transmission risk and detectable plasma HIV RNA in HIV-infected MSM on ART. Int J STD AIDS. 2014 Sep; 25(10):734-41. View in: PubMed

Smoking cessation and recidivism in the Women's Interagency Human Immunodeficiency Virus Study. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jul; 47(1):53-69. View in: PubMed

Hair Cortisol, Perceived Stress and Dispositional Optimism: A Pilot Study among Adolescents. J Trauma Stress Disord Treat. 2014 Mar 18; 3(3):1000126. View in: PubMed

Post-traumatic growth among an ethnically diverse sample of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2013 Oct; 22(10):2235-44. View in: PubMed

Spirituality in addictions treatment: wisdom to know…what it is. Subst Use Misuse. 2013 Sep; 48(12):1203-17. View in: PubMed

Mental health disparities between Hispanic and non-Hispanic parents of childhood cancer survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Sep; 60(9):1470-7. View in: PubMed

HIV and recent illicit drug use interact to affect verbal memory in women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 May 1; 63(1):67-76. View in: PubMed

Posttraumatic growth, quality of life, and treatment symptoms among cancer chemotherapy outpatients. Health Psychol. 2013 Apr; 32(4):397-408. View in: PubMed

Trait mindfulness helps shield decision-making from translating into health-risk behavior. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6):588-92. View in: PubMed

Routine brief risk-reduction counseling with biannual STD testing reduces STD incidence among HIV-infected men who have sex with men in care. Sex Transm Dis. 2012 Jun; 39(6):470-4. View in: PubMed

Psychometric Assessment of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) Among Chinese Adolescents. Assessment. 2012 Mar; 19(1):42-52. View in: PubMed

Insomnia symptoms and HIV infection among participants in the Women's Interagency HIV Study. Sleep. 2012 Jan 01; 35(1):131-7. View in: PubMed

Testing the indirect effect of trait mindfulness on adolescent cigarette smoking through negative affect and perceived stress mediators. J Subst Use. 2012; 17(5-6):417-429. View in: PubMed

Parental stress increases the detrimental effect of traffic exposure on children's lung function. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Oct 1; 184(7):822-7. View in: PubMed

Social environment and asthma: associations with crime and No Child Left Behind programmes. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2011 Oct; 65(10):859-65. View in: PubMed

Atazanavir concentration in hair is the strongest predictor of outcomes on antiretroviral therapy. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 May; 52(10):1267-75. View in: PubMed

Factors associated with non-adherence to antiretroviral therapy in the SUN study. AIDS Care. 2011 May; 23(5):601-11. View in: PubMed

Social Network Status and Depression among Adolescents: An Examination of Social Network Influences and Depressive Symptoms in a Chinese Sample. Res Hum Dev. 2011; 8(1):67-88. View in: PubMed

Sitting-meditation interventions among youth: a review of treatment efficacy. Pediatrics. 2009 Sep; 124(3):e532-41. View in: PubMed

Parental stress increases the effect of traffic-related air pollution on childhood asthma incidence. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jul 28; 106(30):12406-11. View in: PubMed

Parental stress and childhood wheeze in a prospective cohort study. J Asthma. 2008 May; 45(4):319-23. View in: PubMed

Rodent allergen in Los Angeles inner city homes of children with asthma. J Urban Health. 2008 Jan; 85(1):52-61. View in: PubMed

The association between contextual socioeconomic factors and prevalent asthma in a cohort of Southern California school children. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Oct; 65(8):1792-806. View in: PubMed

Posttraumatic growth and HIV disease progression. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Oct; 74(5):817-27. View in: PubMed

Correlates of unprotected sex among adult heterosexual men living with HIV. J Urban Health. 2006 Jul; 83(4):669-81. View in: PubMed

Competing definitions of contextual environments. Int J Health Geogr. 2006; 5:55. View in: PubMed

Effect of a brief antiretroviral adherence intervention delivered by HIV care providers. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2005 Nov 1; 40(3):356-63. View in: PubMed

Use of and adherence to antiretroviral therapy is associated with decreased sexual risk behavior in HIV clinic patients. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2005 Jun 1; 39(2):211-8. View in: PubMed

Educational intervention to control cockroach allergen exposure in the homes of hispanic children in Los Angeles: results of the La Casa study. Clin Exp Allergy. 2005 Apr; 35(4):426-33. View in: PubMed

Use of erectile dysfunction medication and unsafe sex among HIV+ men who have sex with men in care. Int J STD AIDS. 2005 Mar; 16(3):271-2. View in: PubMed

Exploring peers as a mediator of the association between depression and smoking in young adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2005; 40(1):77-98. View in: PubMed

Using patient risk indicators to plan prevention strategies in the clinical care setting. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004 Oct 1; 37 Suppl 2:S88-94. View in: PubMed

Effect of brief safer-sex counseling by medical providers to HIV-1 seropositive patients: a multi-clinic assessment. AIDS. 2004 May 21; 18(8):1179-86. View in: PubMed

Knowledge of skin test results among parents of asthmatic children. J Asthma. 2004 Apr; 41(2):199-204. View in: PubMed

The protective influence of spirituality and "Health-as-a-Value" against monthly substance use among adolescents varying in risk. J Adolesc Health. 2004 Mar; 34(3):192-9. View in: PubMed

Cockroach counts and house dust allergen concentrations after professional cockroach control and cleaning. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2003 Dec; 91(6):546-52. View in: PubMed

Are HIV care providers talking with patients about safer sex and disclosure?: A multi-clinic assessment. AIDS. 2002 Sep 27; 16(14):1953-7. View in: PubMed

Perceived invulnerability and cigarette smoking among adolescents. Addict Behav. 2000 Jan-Feb; 25(1):71-80. View in: PubMed

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