Meet the UCSF Faculty

Tor Neilands, PhD

 Professor, Co-Director Visiting Professor Program

"The VP program’s commitment to reducing HIV/AIDS and related disparities in U.S. minority communities is a central part of my passion in working at CAPS. Few things are as exciting as seeing a promising investigator get that first grant to do cutting-edge, community-focused HIV-related research."

Meet the program mentors.


Just Published:

  1. Marlon 2014

    Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit. Published by the University of Michigan Press.

    Winner, 2014 Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize from the GL/Q Caucus, Modern Language Association (MLA) and Finalist, Lambda Literary Book Award in LGBT Studies.

    By Prof. Marlon M. Bailey, VP 2012-2015

  2. Arreola 2014

    Arreola S, Santos GM, Beck J, Sundararaj M, Wilson PA, Hebert P, Makofane K, Do TD, Ayala G. Sexual Stigma, Criminalization, Investment, and Access to HIV Services Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Worldwide. AIDS Behav 2014. Link to PubMed.

    By Prof. Sonya Arreola, VP 2001-2003 and George Ayala, VP 1998-2000

  3. Lisa 2014

    Baker JL, Rodgers CR, Davis ZM, Gracely E, Bowleg L. Results from a Secondary Data Analysis Regarding Satisfaction with Health Care among African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs 2014;43(5):664-76. Link to PubMed.

    By Prof. Lisa Bowleg, VP 1999-2003

  4. Bonney 2014

    Cooper HL, Haley DF, Linton S, Hunter-Jones J, Martin M, Kelley ME, Karnes C, Ross Z, Adimora AA, Del Rio C, Rothenberg R, Wingood GM, Bonney LE. Impact of Public Housing Relocations: Are Changes in Neighborhood Conditions Related to STIs Among Relocaters? Sex Transm Dis 2014;41(10):573-9. PMCID: PMC4163933. Link to PubMed.

    By Prof. Loida Bonney, VP 2011-present

  5. Larry 2014

    Gant Z, Gant L, Song R, Willis L, Johnson AS. A Census Tract-Level Examination of Social Determinants of Health among Black/African American Men with Diagnosed HIV Infection, 2005-2009-17 US Areas. PloS one 2014;9(9):e107701. PMCID: PMC4182518. Link to full text at PubMed Central.

    By Prof. Larry Gant, VP 1999-2000

  6. Don 2014

    MacKillop J, Celio MA, Mastroleo NR, Kahler CW, Operario D, Colby SM, Barnett NP, Monti PM. Behavioral Economic Decision Making and Alcohol-related Sexual Risk Behavior. AIDS Behav 2014Link to PubMed.

    By Prof. Don Operario, VP 2001

  7. Leo 2014

    Mannheimer SB, Wang L, Wilton L, Tieu HV, Del Rio C, Buchbinder S, Fields S, Glick S, Conor MB, Cummings V, Eshleman SH, Koblin B, Mayer KH. Infrequent HIV Testing and Late HIV Diagnosis Are Common Among A Cohort of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (BMSM) in Six US Cities. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2014. Link to PubMed.

    By Prof. Leo Wilton, VP 2006, and Sheldon Fields, 2003-2005

  8. Don 2014 CJ pub

    Underhill K, Dumont D, Operario D. HIV Prevention for Adults With Criminal Justice Involvement: A Systematic Review of HIV Risk-Reduction Interventions in Incarceration and Community Settings. Am J Pub Health 2014;104(11):e27-e53. Link to PubMed.

    By Prof. Don Operario, VP 2001

Application alerts

Be notified when our program application is available.


  1. Testimonial 56

    “Your seminars on scale development and how to ask the right questions reinforced the importance of having valid and reliable measures when preparing our proposals. Your examples and applications were always lucid and applicable.”

    - Former visiting professor

  2. Testimonial 55

    “I am leaving six weeks later with much greater focus and specificity, a written plan for implementing the first phase of our research, commitment to carry out our programs of research, and most importantly, faith that it can be done.”

    - Former visiting professor

  3. Testimonial 53

    “I would like to thank the National Institute of Mental Health for funding this project. We have all heard the expression, ‘We need more minority researchers in HIV prevention research.’ NIMH put their money where their mouth was.”

    - Former visiting professor

  4. Testimonial 52

    “The grant-making seminars were valuable. The guest speakers helped to identify the grant writing and funding process.”

    - Former visiting professor

  5. Testimonial 51

    “I found an environment where my research was not just tolerated but applauded. You listened to us and learned from us also. Collaboration among each other and among scholars and faculty has already begun.”

    - Former visiting professor

  6. Testimonial 50

    “The grant management seminar was valuable! Experienced grant managers shared concrete suggestions for project management, especially within the personnel domain.”

    -Former visiting professor

  7. Testimonial 49

    “The interactions with colleagues working on HIV/AIDS in minority populations and with CAPS faculty make this program a wonderful and supportive intellectual experience.”

    - Former visiting professor

  8. Testimonial 48

    “I hope that one day I can provide the type of mentoring, support and assistance to ethnic minority HIV prevention researchers that you provided me.”

    - Former visiting professor

  9. Testimonial 47

    “The interactions with colleagues working on HIV/AIDS in minority populations and with CAPS faculty make this program a wonderful and supportive intellectual experience.”

    -Former visiting professor

  10. Testimonial 45

    “I feel honored to have spent three summers working with a group of people who share my commitment to groundbreaking HIV/AIDS research and interventions in communities of color.”

    -Former visiting professor

Application update

The deadline for submitting applications for summer 2015 is now passed. Watch for an application to be available again at the end of the year.