Sung-Jae Lee, Ph.D.


Associate Professor-in-Residence

Associate Director, Methods Core



Dr. Sung-Jae Lee is an Associate Professor-in-Residence in the department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and holds a joint appointment in the department of Epidemiology, Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He has a long track record of successfully designing and conducting collaborative studies with vulnerable communities at risk in Los Angeles, including: assessing HIV vaccine acceptability among communities at risk; pre-exposure prophylaxis acceptability among gay and bisexual men in HIV discordant relationships; assessing acculturation impacts on utilization of HIV prevention services and access to care among at risk Hispanic communities; examination of risk behaviors among newly homeless adolescents; examination of sexual risk behaviors among men who have sex with men; and examination of condom attitudes, perceived vulnerability and sexual risk behaviors among Latino male urban gang members. He has conducted HIV research in Thailand for the past 14 years. His current ongoing research focuses on designing a family-focused intervention for People Living with HIV in Thailand to assist them with their HIV disclosure decisions and pathways.


B.A. Social Psychology (1996) Tufts University
M.P.H. Epidemiology (1998) Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health
Ph.D. Epidemiology (2003) University of California,Los Angeles

Research and Interests:

Epidemiologic methods in study design
Behavioral interventions for HIV-affected families
HIV disclosure
Conjoint analysis to assess acceptability of biomedical interventions
Combination prevention strategies


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