Jae Sevelius, PhD

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  • Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine

Biography

Jae Sevelius, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sevelius leads several research projects at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health to promote increased access to culturally competent health care for transgender people. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, Dr. Sevelius’ research is focused on leveraging data to develop culturally relevant, transgender–specific programs and interventions to promote holistic health and wellness among transgender people, with an emphasis on serving transgender women of color and those affected by HIV. Dr. Sevelius is currently conducting a pilot randomized controlled trial of ‘Sheroes’, a sexual risk reduction and empowerment intervention developed in collaboration with and for transgender women of color (R34MH102109) with funding from NIMH. She is also developing an intervention for transgender women incarcerated in the San Francisco County Jail (R34DA038541) with funding from NIDA to increase engagement in health care upon reentry into the community. Additionally, Dr. Sevelius is Co-Investigator on several transgender-focused projects, including a national demonstration project testing interventions to engage and retain HIV+ transgender women of color in care (PI: G. Rebchook), and formative research with transgender women in Brazil (PI: S. Lippman). Dr. Sevelius is also interested in exploring pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention tool for transgender people, and has conducted several qualitative studies to explore barriers and facilitators to PrEP uptake among transgender women, especially those at highest risk of HIV acquisition. Maintaining a focus on community collaboration and trauma-informed intervention development, Dr. Sevelius seeks to develop and evaluate health promotion programs for transgender people that empower and draw on inherent strengths in the communities she serves.

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  1. Meerwijk EL, Sevelius JM. Transgender Population Size in the United States: a Meta-Regression of Population-Based Probability Samples. Am J Public Health. 2017 Feb; 107(2):216. View on Pubmed
  2. Sevelius, JM Jenness, V . Challenges and opportunities for gender-affirming healthcare for transgender women in prison. International Journal of Prisoner Health. 2017. View on Pubmed
  3. Rebchook G, Keatley J, Contreras R, Perloff J, Molano LF, Reback CJ, Ducheny K, Nemoto T, Lin R, Birnbaum J, Woods T, Xavier J; SPNS Transgender Women of Color Study Group. The Transgender Women of Color Initiative: Implementing and Evaluating Innovative Interventions to Enhance Engagement and Retention in HIV Care. American Journal of Public Health. 2017. View on Pubmed
  4. Hoffkling, A. Obedin-Maliver, J. Sevelius, J. . From erasure to opportunity: experiences of transgender men around pregnancy, and recommendations for providers. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. 2017. View on Pubmed
  5. Sevelius JM, Deutsch MB, Grant R. The future of PrEP among transgender women: the critical role of gender affirmation in research and clinical practices. J Int AIDS Soc. 2016; 19(7(Suppl 6)):21105. View on Pubmed
  6. Grant RM, Sevelius JM, Guanira JV, Aguilar JV, Chariyalertsak S, Deutsch MB. Transgender Women in Clinical Trials of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Aug 15; 72 Suppl 3:S226-9. View on Pubmed
  7. Radix A, Sevelius J, Deutsch MB. Transgender women, hormonal therapy and HIV treatment: a comprehensive review of the literature and recommendations for best practices. J Int AIDS Soc. 2016; 19(3 Suppl 2):20810. View on Pubmed
  8. Sevelius J, Deutsch MB, Glidden DV, Grant RM. PrEP adherence among trans women in Brazil-access needed for this key population - Authors' reply. Lancet HIV. 2016 May; 3(5):e200-1. View on Pubmed
  9. Pollock L, Silva-Santisteban A, Sevelius J, Salazar X. 'You should build yourself up as a whole product': Transgender female identity in Lima, Peru. Glob Public Health. 2016 Aug-Sep; 11(7-8):981-93. View on Pubmed
  10. Bockting W, Coleman E, Deutsch MB, Guillamon A, Meyer I, Meyer W, Reisner S, Sevelius J, Ettner R. Adult development and quality of life of transgender and gender nonconforming people. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2016 Apr; 23(2):188-97. View on Pubmed
  11. Safer JD, Coleman E, Feldman J, Garofalo R, Hembree W, Radix A, Sevelius J. Barriers to healthcare for transgender individuals. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2016 Apr; 23(2):168-71. View on Pubmed
  12. Lippman SA, Moran L, Sevelius J, Castillo LS, Ventura A, Treves-Kagan S, Buchbinder S. Acceptability and Feasibility of HIV Self-Testing Among Transgender Women in San Francisco: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study. AIDS Behav. 2016 Apr; 20(4):928-38. View on Pubmed
  13. Sevelius JM, Keatley J, Calma N, Arnold E. 'I am not a man': Trans-specific barriers and facilitators to PrEP acceptability among transgender women. Glob Public Health. 2016 Aug-Sep; 11(7-8):1060-75. View on Pubmed
  14. Kaplan RL, Sevelius J, Ribeiro K. In the name of brevity: The problem with binary HIV risk categories. Glob Public Health. 2016 Aug-Sep; 11(7-8):824-34. View on Pubmed
  15. Deutsch MB, Glidden DV, Sevelius J, Keatley J, McMahan V, Guanira J, Kallas EG, Chariyalertsak S, Grant RM. HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in transgender women: a subgroup analysis of the iPrEx trial. Lancet HIV. 2015 Dec; 2(12):e512-9. View on Pubmed
  16. Reisner SL, White Hughto JM, Pardee D, Sevelius J. Syndemics and gender affirmation: HIV sexual risk in female-to-male trans masculine adults reporting sexual contact with cisgender males. Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Sep 18. View on Pubmed
  17. Light AD, Obedin-Maliver J, Sevelius JM, Kerns JL. Transgender men who experienced pregnancy after female-to-male gender transitioning. Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Dec; 124(6):1120-7. View on Pubmed
  18. Deutsch MB, Keatley J, Sevelius J, Shade SB. Collection of gender identity data using electronic medical records: survey of current end-user practices. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2014 Nov-Dec; 25(6):657-63. View on Pubmed
  19. Sevelius JM, Saberi P, Johnson MO. Correlates of antiretroviral adherence and viral load among transgender women living with HIV. AIDS Care. 2014; 26(8):976-82. View on Pubmed
  20. Sevelius JM, Patouhas E, Keatley JG, Johnson MO. Barriers and facilitators to engagement and retention in care among transgender women living with human immunodeficiency virus. Ann Behav Med. 2014 Feb; 47(1):5-16. View on Pubmed
  21. Reisner SL, Bailey Z, Sevelius J. Racial/ethnic disparities in history of incarceration, experiences of victimization, and associated health indicators among transgender women in the U.S. Women Health. 2014; 54(8):750-67. View on Pubmed
  22. Sevelius JM. Gender Affirmation: A Framework for Conceptualizing Risk Behavior among Transgender Women of Color. Sex Roles. 2013 Jun 1; 68(11-12):675-689.
  23. Jefferson, K., Neilands, T.b., Sevelius, J.. Transgender women of color: Discrimination and depression symptoms. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care. 2013; 6(4):121-136.
  24. Johnson MO, Sevelius JM, Dilworth SE, Saberi P, Neilands TB. Preliminary support for the construct of health care empowerment in the context of treatment for human immunodeficiency virus. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2012; 6:395-404.
  25. Sevelius JM, Carrico A, Johnson MO. Antiretroviral therapy adherence among transgender women living with HIV. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2010 May-Jun; 21(3):256-64.
  26. Sevelius J. "There's no pamphlet for the kind of sex I have": HIV-related risk factors and protective behaviors among transgender men who have sex with nontransgender men. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2009 Sep-Oct; 20(5):398-410.
  27. Sevelius JM, Reznick OG, Hart SL, Schwarcz S. Informing interventions: the importance of contextual factors in the prediction of sexual risk behaviors among transgender women. AIDS Educ Prev. 2009 Apr; 21(2):113-27.
  28. Stake, J.E., Sevelius, J.M., Hanly, S. . Student responsiveness to women's and gender studies classes: The importance of initial student attitudes and classroom relationships. NWSA Journal. 2008; 2(20):189-215.
  29. Operario D, Burton J, Underhill K, Sevelius J. Men who have sex with transgender women: challenges to category-based HIV prevention. AIDS Behav. 2008 Jan; 12(1):18-26.
  30. Sevelius, J.M. & Stake, J.E. . The effects of prior attitudes and attitude importance on attitude change and class impact in women’s and gender studies. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 2003; (33):2341 – 2353.
  31. Sevelius, J.M. & Stake, J.E. . The effects of prior attitudes and attitude importance on attitude change and class impact in women’s and gender studies. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 2003; (33):2341 – 2353.