Jessica Montoya, M.S., Announced as Society of Behavioral Medicine Meritorious Student Winner
Jessica Montoya's abstract submission for this year’s Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) annual meeting, which takes place April 22-25, 2015, has been selected by the reviewers and Program Committee as an excellent student author submission, and will be recognized as a Meritorious Student Abstract. Ms. Montoya is a 4th year doctoral student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Clinical Psychology who works under the supervision of David J. Moore, Ph.D. and Igor Grant, M.D.
Ms. Montoya's research investigated predictors of antiretroviral adherence among individuals who participated in the individualized texting for adherence building (iTAB) intervention. The iTAB intervention study recruited individuals living with HIV who use methamphetamine (METH). iTAB was developed to support antiretroviral adherence and assess recent METH use via daily text messages.
Predictors of adherence on days in which iTAB participants endorsed or denied METH use via text messaging were examined. On days when iTAB participants reported METH use, a stronger sense that family and friends supported antiretroviral adherence and a history of more severe immunocompromise were strong predictors of antiretroviral adherence. Future interventions to support antiretroviral adherence may benefit from targeting modifiable health beliefs such as subjective norms.
Montoya JL, Gouaux B, Rooney A, Casaletto K, Grant I, Moore DJ. (2015). Predictors of antiretroviral adherence among active methamphetamine users with HIV. To be presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific
Sessions, San Antonio, TX.