Susan M. Kegeles, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Susan was trained in social psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a leader in the field of HIV prevention research since 1985 and is well known for her research in conducting behavioral interventions regarding AIDS-risk behavior. She was the co-developer of the Mpowerment Project and the Principal Investigator on the original study that demonstrated the efficacy of the Mpowerment Project. 

She has also been the Principal Investigator on several grants to adapt and tailor the Mpowerment Project for young Black MSM. She has also collaborated with the Unity Fellowship Church Movement to design a faith-based HIV prevention intervention for Black MSM. She has also been the Principal Investigator of a study adapting counseling and testing methods for heterosexually-identified Black MSM, and was a Co-investigator on an NIMH-funded international trial focusing on mobilizing young (18-35 year old) men and women in Peru to reduce their sexual risk behavior. Dr. Kegeles is also known for her work in replicating HIV prevention interventions, AIDS-risk assessment, and she has been a principal investigator in the development of the AIDS Risk Reduction Model. This model of AIDS risk combines elements from the Theory of Reasoned Action, the Health Belief Model, Social Learning Theory and theories of emotion and communication.  Susan is the proud mom of 2 children who are fast becoming adults and lives the happy life in the People’s Republic of Berkeley.