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    Joel E. Milam, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor of Research Preventive Medicine
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentInstitute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
    AddressSSB 312D 2001 N. Soto Street
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033
    Phone+1 323 442 8243
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      TitleHead of Health Behavior Research Postdoctoral Program


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      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.


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      1. Rubin LH, Cook JA, Springer G, Weber KM, Cohen MH, Martin EM, Valcour VG, Benning L, Alden C, Milam J, Anastos K, Young MA, Gustafson DR, Sundermann EE, Maki PM. Perceived and post-traumatic stress are associated with decreased learning, memory, and fluency in HIV-infected women. AIDS. 2017 Aug 28. PMID: 28857823.
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      2. Tobin J, Allem JP, Slaughter R, Unger JB, Hamilton AS, Milam J. Posttraumatic growth among childhood cancer survivors: Associations with ethnicity, acculturation, and religious service attendance. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2017 Aug 17; 0. PMID: 28816639.
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      3. Edmonds A, Ludema C, Eron JJ, Cole SR, Adedimeji AA, Cohen MH, Cooper HL, Fischl M, Johnson MO, Krause DD, Merenstein D, Milam J, Wilson TE, Adimora AA. Effects of Health Insurance Interruption on Loss of Hypertension Control in Women With and Women Without HIV. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 Jul 06. PMID: 28682658.
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      4. Gustafson DR, Shi Q, Holman S, Minkoff H, Cohen MH, Plankey MW, Havlik R, Sharma A, Gange S, Gandhi M, Milam J, Hoover DR. Predicting death over 8 years in a prospective cohort of HIV-infected women: the Women's Interagency HIV Study. BMJ Open. 2017 Jun 30; 7(6):e013993. PMID: 28667199.
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      5. Ludema C, Cole SR, Eron JJ, Holmes GM, Anastos K, Cocohoba J, Cohen MH, Cooper HLF, Golub ET, Kassaye S, Konkle-Parker D, Metsch L, Milam J, Wilson TE, Adimora AA. 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. PMID: 28407044.
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      6. Zhang Y, Wilson TE, Adedimeji A, Merenstein D, Milam J, Cohen J, Cohen M, Golub ET. The Impact of Substance Use on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Among HIV-Infected Women in the United States. AIDS Behav. 2017 May 30. PMID: 28560499.
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      7. Robbins HA, Strickler HD, Massad LS, Pierce CB, Darragh TM, Minkoff H, Keller MJ, Fischl M, Palefsky J, Flowers L, Rahangdale L, Milam J, Shrestha S, Colie C, D'Souza G. Cervical cancer screening intervals and management for women living with HIV: a risk benchmarking approach. AIDS. 2017 Apr 24; 31(7):1035-1044. PMID: 28323758.
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      8. Adams LM, Wilson TE, Merenstein D, Milam J, Cohen J, Golub ET, Adedimeji A, Cook JA. 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. PMID: 28230409.
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      9. Westreich D, Cates J, Cohen M, Weber KM, Seidman D, Cropsey K, Wright R, Milam J, Young MA, Mehta CC, Gustafson DR, Golub ET, Fischl MA, Adimora AA. Smoking, HIV, and risk of pregnancy loss. AIDS. 2017 Feb 20; 31(4):553-560. PMID: 27902507.
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      10. Ludema C, Cole SR, Eron JJ, Edmonds A, Holmes GM, Anastos K, Cocohoba J, Cohen M, Cooper HL, Golub ET, Kassaye S, Konkle-Parker D, Metsch L, Milam J, Wilson TE, Adimora AA. 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 01; 73(3):307-312. PMID: 27763995.
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      11. Wilson TE, Weedon J, Cohen MH, Golub ET, Milam J, Young MA, Adedimeji AA, Cohen J, Fredrickson BL. Positive affect and its association with viral control among women with HIV infection. Health Psychol. 2017 Jan; 36(1):91-100. PMID: 27685456.
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      12. Miller KA, Wojcik KY, Ramirez CN, Ritt-Olson A, Freyer DR, Hamilton AS, Milam J. 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. PMID: 27567026.
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      13. Hu X, Harman J, Winterstein AG, Zhong Y, Wheeler AL, Taylor TN, Plankey M, Rubtsova A, Cropsey K, Cohen MH, Adimora AA, Milam J, Adedimeji A, Cook RL. Utilization of Alcohol Treatment Among HIV-Positive Women with Hazardous Drinking. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 May; 64:55-61. PMID: 26961420; PMCID: PMC4943324 [Available on 05/01/17].
      14. Gustafson DR, Shi Q, Thurn M, Holman S, Minkoff H, Cohen M, Plankey MW, Havlik R, Sharma A, Gange S, Gandhi M, Milam J, Hoover D. 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. PMID: 26980368; PMCID: PMC4957016.
      15. Rubin LH, Pyra M, Cook JA, Weber KM, Cohen MH, Martin E, Valcour V, Milam J, Anastos K, Young MA, Alden C, Gustafson DR, Maki PM. 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. PMID: 26404435; PMCID: PMC4783199.
      16. Milam J, Slaughter R, Meeske K, Ritt-Olson A, Sherman-Bien S, Freyer DR, Kuperberg A, Hamilton AS. Substance use among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2016 Nov; 25(11):1357-1362. PMID: 26315824.
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      17. Black DS, Li MJ, Ihenacho U, Nguyen NT, de Fatima Reyes M, Milam J, Pentz MA, Figueiredo JC. Shared health characteristics in Hispanic colorectal cancer patients and their primary social support person following primary diagnosis. Psychooncology. 2016 Sep; 25(9):1028-35. PMID: 26291178; PMCID: PMC4925318 [Available on 09/01/17].
      18. Rubin LH, Cook JA, Weber KM, Cohen MH, Martin E, Valcour V, Milam J, Anastos K, Young MA, Alden C, Gustafson DR, Maki PM. 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. PMID: 25791344; PMCID: PMC4562210.
      19. Arpawong TE, Rohrbach LA, Milam J, Unger JB, Land H, Sun P, Spruijt-Metz D, Sussman S. 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. PMID: 26640507.
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      20. Arpawong TE, Sussman S, Milam J, Unger JB, Land H, Sun P, Rohrbach LA. 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. PMID: 25346382; PMCID: PMC4297231.
      21. Milam J, Meeske K, Slaughter RI, Sherman-Bien S, Ritt-Olson A, Kuperberg A, Freyer DR, Hamilton AS. 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. PMID: 25345867; PMCID: PMC4319982.
      22. Hessol NA, Weber KM, D'Souza G, Burton D, Young M, Milam J, Murchison L, Gandhi M, Cohen MH. Smoking cessation and recidivism in the Women's Interagency Human Immunodeficiency Virus Study. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jul; 47(1):53-69. PMID: 24746376; PMCID: PMC4065848.
      23. Milam J, Slaughter R, Verma G, McConnell R. Hair Cortisol, Perceived Stress and Dispositional Optimism: A Pilot Study among Adolescents. J Trauma Stress Disord Treat. 2014 Mar 18; 3(3):1000126. PMID: 25426491.
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      24. Blumenthal J, Haubrich R, Jain S, Sun X, Dube M, Daar E, Milam J, Morris S. 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. PMID: 24452730; PMCID: PMC4303352.
      25. Shankardass K, McConnell R, Jerrett M, Lam C, Wolch J, Milam J, Gilliland F, Berhane K. Parental stress increases body mass index trajectory in pre-adolescents. Pediatr Obes. 2014 Dec; 9(6):435-42. PMID: 24311567; PMCID: PMC4334321.
      26. Sussman S, Milam J, Arpawong TE, Tsai J, Black DS, Wills TA. Spirituality in addictions treatment: wisdom to know…what it is. Subst Use Misuse. 2013 Sep; 48(12):1203-17. PMID: 24041182.
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      27. Meyer VJ, Rubin LH, Martin E, Weber KM, Cohen MH, Golub ET, Valcour V, Young MA, Crystal H, Anastos K, Aouizerat BE, Milam J, Maki PM. 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. PMID: 23392462; PMCID: PMC3628722.
      28. Arpawong TE, Oland A, Milam J, Ruccione K, Meeske KA. Post-traumatic growth among an ethnically diverse sample of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2013 Oct; 22(10):2235-44. PMID: 23554227.
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      29. Meeske KA, Sherman-Bien S, Hamilton AS, Olson AR, Slaughter R, Kuperberg A, Milam J. Mental health disparities between Hispanic and non-Hispanic parents of childhood cancer survivors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Sep; 60(9):1470-7. PMID: 23512267; PMCID: PMC4118593.
      30. Patel P, Bush T, Mayer K, Milam J, Richardson J, Hammer J, Henry K, Overton T, Conley L, Marks G, Brooks JT. 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. PMID: 22592834.
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      31. Arpawong TE, Richeimer SH, Weinstein F, Elghamrawy A, Milam J. Posttraumatic growth, quality of life, and treatment symptoms among cancer chemotherapy outpatients. Health Psychol. 2013 Apr; 32(4):397-408. PMID: 22563756.
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      32. Black DS, Sussman S, Johnson CA, Milam J. Trait mindfulness helps shield decision-making from translating into health-risk behavior. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6):588-92. PMID: 23174469; PMCID: PMC3505281.
      33. Jean-Louis G, Weber KM, Aouizerat BE, Levine AM, Maki PM, Liu C, Anastos KM, Milam J, Althoff KN, Wilson TE. Insomnia symptoms and HIV infection among participants in the Women's Interagency HIV Study. Sleep. 2012 Jan 01; 35(1):131-7. PMID: 22215927; PMCID: PMC3242680.
      34. Black DS, Milam J, Sussman S, Johnson CA. 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. PMID: 23847448.
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      35. Islam T, Urman R, Gauderman WJ, Milam J, Lurmann F, Shankardass K, Avol E, Gilliland F, McConnell R. 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. PMID: 21700914; PMCID: PMC3208647.
      36. Black DS, Sussman S, Johnson CA, Milam J. Psychometric assessment of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) among Chinese adolescents. Assessment. 2012 Mar; 19(1):42-52. PMID: 21816857; PMCID: PMC3705937.
      37. Kyser M, Buchacz K, Bush TJ, Conley LJ, Hammer J, Henry K, Kojic EM, Milam J, Overton ET, Wood KC, Brooks JT. Factors associated with non-adherence to antiretroviral therapy in the SUN study. AIDS Care. 2011 May; 23(5):601-11. PMID: 21293992.
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      38. Gandhi M, Ameli N, Bacchetti P, Anastos K, Gange SJ, Minkoff H, Young M, Milam J, Cohen MH, Sharp GB, Huang Y, Greenblatt RM. Atazanavir concentration in hair is the strongest predictor of outcomes on antiretroviral therapy. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 May; 52(10):1267-75. PMID: 21507924; PMCID: PMC3079399.
      39. Okamoto J, Johnson CA, Leventhal A, Milam J, Pentz MA, Schwartz D, Valente TW. 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. PMID: 23226988.
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      40. Shankardass K, Jerrett M, Milam J, Richardson J, Berhane K, McConnell R. Social environment and asthma: associations with crime and No Child Left Behind programmes. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2011 Oct; 65(10):859-65. PMID: 21071562; PMCID: PMC4384703.
      41. Black DS, Milam J, Sussman S. Sitting-meditation interventions among youth: a review of treatment efficacy. Pediatrics. 2009 Sep; 124(3):e532-41. PMID: 19706568; PMCID: PMC3195513.
      42. Shankardass K, McConnell R, Jerrett M, Milam J, Richardson J, Berhane K. 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. PMID: 19620729; PMCID: PMC2718368.
      43. Milam J, McConnell R, Yao L, Berhane K, Jerrett M, Richardson J. Parental stress and childhood wheeze in a prospective cohort study. J Asthma. 2008 May; 45(4):319-23. PMID: 18446597.
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      44. Berg J, McConnell R, Milam J, Galvan J, Kotlerman J, Thorne P, Jones C, Ferdman R, Eggleston P, Rand C, Lewis MA, Peters J, Richardson J. Rodent allergen in Los Angeles inner city homes of children with asthma. J Urban Health. 2008 Jan; 85(1):52-61. PMID: 18004665; PMCID: PMC2430140.
      45. Shankardass K, McConnell RS, Milam J, Berhane K, Tatalovich Z, Wilson JP, Jerrett M. 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. PMID: 17658674; PMCID: PMC4098912.
      46. Tatalovich Z, Wilson JP, Milam J, Jerrett ML, McConnell R. Competing definitions of contextual environments. Int J Health Geogr. 2006 Dec 07; 5:55. PMID: 17156433; PMCID: PMC1702345.
      47. Milam J. Posttraumatic growth and HIV disease progression. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Oct; 74(5):817-27. PMID: 17032086.
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      48. Milam J, Richardson JL, Espinoza L, Stoyanoff S. Correlates of unprotected sex among adult heterosexual men living with HIV. J Urban Health. 2006 Jul; 83(4):669-81. PMID: 16736114; PMCID: PMC2430484.
      49. Milam J, Richardson JL, McCutchan A, Stoyanoff S, Weiss J, Kemper C, Larsen RA, Hollander H, Weismuller P, Bolan R. Effect of a brief antiretroviral adherence intervention delivered by HIV care providers. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2005 Nov 01; 40(3):356-63. PMID: 16249712.
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      50. Diamond C, Richardson JL, Milam J, Stoyanoff S, McCutchan JA, Kemper C, Larsen RA, Hollander H, Weismuller P, Bolan R. 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. PMID: 15905739.
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      51. McConnell R, Milam J, Richardson J, Galvan J, Jones C, Thorne PS, Berhane K. 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. PMID: 15836749.
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      52. Marks G, Richardson JL, Milam J, Bolan R, Stoyanoff S, McCutchan A. 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. PMID: 15829033.
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      53. Ritt-Olson A, Unger J, Valente T, Nezami E, Chou CP, Trinidad D, Milam J, Earleywine M, Tan S, Johnson CA. Exploring peers as a mediator of the association between depression and smoking in young adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2005; 40(1):77-98. PMID: 15702650.
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      54. Richardson JL, Milam J, Stoyanoff S, Kemper C, Bolan R, Larsen RA, Weiss JM, Hollander H, Weismuller P, McCutchan A. 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. PMID: 15385904.
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      55. Richardson JL, Milam J, McCutchan A, Stoyanoff S, Bolan R, Weiss J, Kemper C, Larsen RA, Hollander H, Weismuller P, Chou CP, Marks G. 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. PMID: 15166533.
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      56. Richardson JL, Milam J, Galvan J, Jones C, McConnell R. Knowledge of skin test results among parents of asthmatic children. J Asthma. 2004 Apr; 41(2):199-204. PMID: 15115172.
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      57. Ritt-Olson A, Milam J, Unger JB, Trinidad D, Teran L, Dent CW, Sussman S. 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. PMID: 14967342.
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      58. McConnell R, Jones C, Milam J, Gonzalez P, Berhane K, Clement L, Richardson J, Hanley-Lopez J, Kwong K, Maalouf N, Galvan J, Platts-Mills T. Cockroach counts and house dust allergen concentrations after professional cockroach control and cleaning. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2003 Dec; 91(6):546-52. PMID: 14700438.
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      59. Marks G, Richardson JL, Crepaz N, Stoyanoff S, Milam J, Kemper C, Larsen RA, Bolan R, Weismuller P, Hollander H, McCutchan A. Are HIV care providers talking with patients about safer sex and disclosure?: A multi-clinic assessment. AIDS. 2002 Sep 27; 16(14):1953-7. PMID: 12351956.
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      60. Milam J, Sussman S, Ritt-Olson A, Dent CW. Perceived invulnerability and cigarette smoking among adolescents. Addict Behav. 2000 Jan-Feb; 25(1):71-80. PMID: 10708320.
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