Thomas Coates, Ph.D.


Director, Global Capacity Building Core



Thomas J. Coates, PhD, is the Director of the UCLA Center for World Health, and is the Michael and Sue Steinberg Endowed Professor of Global AIDS Research within the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCLA. He co-founded the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at UCSF in 1986 and directed it from 1991 to 2003. He was the founding Executive Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, leading it from 1996 to 2003. His areas of emphasis and expertise are HIV prevention, the relationship of prevention and treatment for HIV, and HIV policies. His domestic work has focused on a variety of populations, and he is currently finishing a nationwide clinical trial of an experimental HIV preventive intervention focused on high-risk men. He is also finishing domestic trials of post-exposure prophylaxis. With funding from USAID and WHO, he led a randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of HIV voluntary counseling and testing for individuals and couples in Kenya, Tanzania, and Trinidad. He is now directing a 48-community randomized clinical trial in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Thailand to determine the impact of strategies for destigmatizing HIV on HIV incidence community-wide. He is also leading a prevention clinical trial in South America as part of a 5-country effort, and has a trial in China to determine the impact of prevention in the context of care. He is co-principal investigator of the NIAID-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), and is conducting policy research domestically and internationally. He was cited in Science in 2002 as the 4th-highest-funded scientist in the clinical, social, and behavioral sciences and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000. The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine launched its Global Health Education Program (GHEP) in the fall of 2010. Led by Dr. Coates, the goals of this program include creating a comprehensive global health undergraduate and graduate educational program, fostering a vibrant research portfolio, and building a national and international reputation for excellence in global health.


BA, Philosophy, San Luis Rey College, 1968 San Luis Rey, California
MA, Psychology, San Jose State University, 1971 San Jose, California
PhD, Counseling Psychology, 1977 Stanford University Stanford, California

Research and Interests:

HIV prevention; relationship between prevention and treatment for HIV; HIV policies; global health


Thomas Coates CV.