Keck School Faculty

Joel E. Milam, PhD
Joel E. Milam, PhD
Associate Professor of Research Preventive Medicine;Head of Health Behavior Research Postdoctoral Program;Program Leader for Cancer Control
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 312D 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
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.

Association between Use of Methadone, Other Central Nervous System Depressants, and QTc Interval-Prolonging Medications and Risk of Mortality in a Large Cohort of Women Living with or at Risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Pharmacotherapy. 2019 Sep; 39(9):899-911. . View in PubMed

The Longitudinal Association between Social Support on HIV Medication Adherence and Healthcare Utilization in the Women's Interagency HIV Study AIDS Behav. 2019 Aug; 23(8):2014-2024. . View in PubMed

History of Incarceration Among Women with HIV: Impact on Prognosis and Mortality J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2019 Aug; 28(8):1083-1093. . View in PubMed

Hispanic Orientation and Cancer-Related Knowledge in Childhood Cancer Survivors J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2019 Jun; 8(3):363-367. . View in PubMed

Impact of Medicare Part D on mental health treatment and outcomes for dual eligible beneficiaries with HIV AIDS Care. 2019 Apr; 31(4):505-512. . View in PubMed

Population-Based Survey Methods for Reaching Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Pediatric Cancer and Their Parents J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2019 Feb; 8(1):40-48. . View in PubMed

High Birth Weight, Early UV Exposure, and Melanoma Risk in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Epidemiology. 2019 03; 30(2):278-284. . View in PubMed

Sexual Risk Compensation in a Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Demonstration Study Among Individuals at Risk of HIV J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 01 01; 80(1):e9-e13. . View in PubMed

Insurance Coverage, and Having a Regular Provider, and Utilization of Cancer Follow-up and Noncancer Health Care Among Childhood Cancer Survivors Inquiry. 2019 Jan-Dec; 56:46958018817996. . View in PubMed

Prevalence, Comorbidity, and Correlates of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders and Associations with HIV Risk Behaviors in a Multisite Cohort of Women Living with HIV AIDS Behav. 2018 Oct; 22(10):3141-3154. . View in PubMed

Randomized Trial of a Health Coaching Intervention to Enhance Retention in Care: California Collaborative Treatment Group 594 AIDS Behav. 2018 Aug; 22(8):2698-2710. . View in PubMed

Correction to: Examining the Associations Between Immigration Status and Perceived Stress Among HIV-Infected and Uninfected Women J Community Health. 2018 Jul 18. . View in PubMed

Prevalence and correlates of health information-seeking among Hispanic and non-Hispanic childhood cancer survivors Support Care Cancer. 2018 Apr; 26(4):1305-1313. . View in PubMed

Posttraumatic growth among childhood cancer survivors: Associations with ethnicity, acculturation, and religious service attendance J Psychosoc Oncol. 2018 Mar-Apr; 36(2):175-188. . View in PubMed

Substance Use and Adherence to HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis for Men Who Have Sex with Men1 Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 12; 24(12). . View in PubMed

Examining the Associations Between Immigration Status and Perceived Stress Among HIV-Infected and Uninfected Women J Community Health. 2018 12; 43(6):1172-1181. . View in PubMed

HIV and symptoms of depression are independently associated with impaired glucocorticoid signaling Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 10; 96:118-125. . View in PubMed

The effect of unstable housing on HIV treatment biomarkers: An instrumental variables approach Soc Sci Med. 2018 10; 214:70-82. . View in PubMed

Childhood Cancer Survivorship and Substance Use Behaviors: A Matched Case-Control Study Among Hispanic Adolescents and Young Adults J Adolesc Health. 2018 07; 63(1):115-117. . View in PubMed

Depressive Symptoms and Quality of Life Among Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Impact of Gender and Latino Culture J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2018 06; 7(3):384-388. . View in PubMed

The Impact of Substance Use on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Among HIV-Infected Women in the United States AIDS Behav. 2018 03; 22(3):896-908. . View in PubMed

Variability in C-reactive protein is associated with cognitive impairment in women living with and without HIV: a longitudinal study J Neurovirol. 2018 02; 24(1):41-51. . View in PubMed

Associations Between Medicare Part D and Out-of-Pocket Spending, HIV Viral Load, Adherence, and ADAP Use in Dual Eligibles With HIV Med Care. 2018 01; 56(1):47-53. . 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. 2018 01; 30(1):97-105.. View in PubMed

Randomized Controlled Trial of Daily Text Messages to Support Adherence to Preexposure Prophylaxis in Individuals at Risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus: The TAPIR Study Clin Infect Dis. 2018 05 02; 66(10):1566-1572. . View in PubMed

Natural History of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia-2 in HIV-Positive Women of Reproductive Age J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 12 15; 79(5):573-579. . View in PubMed

Acculturation, Mental Health, and Quality of Life among Hispanic Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Latent Class Analysis Ethn Dis. 2018; 28(1):55-60. . View in PubMed

Cumulative Burden of Depression and All-Cause Mortality in Women Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Clin Infect Dis. 2018 10 30; 67(10):1575-1581. . View in PubMed

Underutilization of Statins When Indicated in HIV-Seropositive and Seronegative Women AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2017 Nov; 31(11):447-454. . View in PubMed

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 Jun 01; 30(6):594-601. . View in PubMed

Effects of Health Insurance Interruption on Loss of Hypertension Control in Women With and Women Without HIV J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 12; 26(12):1292-1301. . View in PubMed

Perceived and post-traumatic stress are associated with decreased learning, memory, and fluency in HIV-infected women AIDS. 2017 11; 31(17):2393-1401. . View in PubMed

Supporting long-term follow-up of young adult survivors of childhood cancer: Correlates of healthcare self-efficacy Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 02; 64(2):358-363. . View in PubMed

Smoking, HIV, and risk of pregnancy loss AIDS. 2017 02 20; 31(4):553-560. . View in PubMed

Cervical cancer screening intervals and management for women living with HIV: a risk benchmarking approach AIDS. 2017 04 24; 31(7):1035-1044. . View in PubMed

Predicting death over 8 years in a prospective cohort of HIV-infected women: the Women's Interagency HIV Study BMJ Open. 2017 06 30; 7(6):e013993. . View in PubMed

Positive affect and its association with viral control among women with HIV infection Health Psychol. 2017 Jan; 36(1):91-100. . 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

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

Shared health characteristics in Hispanic colorectal cancer patients and their primary social support person following primary diagnosis Psychooncology. 2016 09; 25(9):1028-35. . View in PubMed

Randomized Controlled Trial of an Internet Application to Reduce HIV Transmission Behavior Among HIV Infected Men Who have Sex with Men AIDS Behav. 2016 06; 20(6):1173-1181. . View in PubMed

Frailty and Constellations of Factors in Aging HIV-infected and Uninfected Women--The Women's Interagency HIV Study J Frailty Aging. 2016; 5(1):43-8. . View in PubMed

Stressful Life Events and Predictors of Post-traumatic Growth among High-Risk Early Emerging Adults J Posit Psychol. 2016 Jan 01; 11(1):1-14. . 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 11 01; 73(3):307-312. . 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

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

Post-traumatic growth, stressful life events, and relationships with substance use behaviors among alternative high school students: a prospective study Psychol Health. 2015; 30(4):475-94. . 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 01; 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

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

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

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

Parental stress increases the detrimental effect of traffic exposure on children's lung function Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Oct 01; 184(7):822-7. . 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

Competing definitions of contextual environments Int J Health Geogr. 2006 Dec 07; 5:55. . 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

Effect of a brief antiretroviral adherence intervention delivered by HIV care providers J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2005 Nov 01; 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 01; 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 01; 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

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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