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Warren Scott Comulada



DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementJoint Appointment
Contact Information

Center for Community Health
10920 Wilshire Blvd Suite 350
Los Angeles, California 90024

Areas of Interest: 

mHealth intervention design and analysis, hierarchical and longitudinal data analysis.

W. Scott Comulada, DrPH, is an associate professor-in-residence in the UCLA Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Health Policy and Management. He is also a Methods Core Co-Director for the Center for HIV Prevention, Identification, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and an Analytic Core Project Lead for an Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) U19. His roles on CHIPTS and the ATN have supported the development of electronic data collection systems and evaluations of large-scale intervention trials for HIV prevention and treatment. Dr. Comulada’s current work focuses on the development and analysis of data from mHealth interventions that target HIV, substance abuse, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. 

DrPH, Biostatistics (2006), University of California, Los Angeles
MS, Biostatistics (2000), University of California, Los Angeles
MPH, Biostatistics (1998), Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
BS, Biophysics (1993), Pacific Union College, Angwin, California
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
PhD Committee Member
DrPH Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Publications: 

Comulada WS & Weiss RE (2007).  On models for binomial data with random numbers of trials. Biometrics. 63(2): 610-17.

Comulada WS, Rotheram-Borus MJ, Pequegnat W, Weiss RE, Desmond K, Arnold E, Remien RH, Morin SF, Weinhardt L, Johnson MO, & Chesney MA (2010). Relationships over time between mental health symptoms and transmission risk among persons living with HIV. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 24(1): 109-18.

Comulada WS & Weiss RE (2010). Power calculations for correlations between bivariate longitudinal data. Statistics in Medicine. 29(27): 2811-24.

Comulada WS, Muth SQ, & Latkin CA (2012). The analysis of multiple ties in longitudinal egocentric network data: A case study on bidirectional relationships between trust and drug use. Social Networks. 34(4): 691-700.

Comulada WS, Swendeman D, & Wu N (2016). Cell phone-based ecological momentary assessment of substance use context for Latino youth in outpatient treatment: Who, what, when and where. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 167: 207-13.

Harwood JM, Weiss RE, Comulada WS (2017). Beyond the primary endpoint paradigm: A test of intervention effect in HIV behavioral intervention trials with numerous correlated outcomes. Prevention Science. 18(5): 526-533.

van Heerden A, Harris DM, van Rooyen H, Barnabas R, Ramanathan N, Ngcobo N, Mpiyakhe Z, & Comulada WS (2017). Perceived mHealth barriers and benefits for home-based HIV testing and counseling and other care: Qualitative findings from health officials, community health workers, and persons living with HIV in South Africa. Social Science & Medicine. 183: 97-105.

Comulada WS, Swendeman D, Koussa MK, Mindry D, Medich M, Estrin D, Mercer N, & Ramanathan N (2017). Adherence to self-monitoring healthy lifestyle behaviors through mobile phone-based ecological momentary assessments and photographic food records over 6 months in mostly ethic minority mothers. Public Health Nutrition. 21(4): 679-688.

Swendeman D, Comulada WS, Koussa M, Worthman CM, Estrin D, Rotheram-Borus MJ, & Ramanathan N (2018). Longitudinal validity and reliability of brief smartphone self-monitoring of diet, stress, and physical activity in a diverse group of mothers. JMIR MHealth and UHealth. 6(9): e176.

Comulada WS, Wynn A, van Rooyen H, Barnabas RV, Eashwari R, & van Heerden A (2018). Using mHealth to deliver a home-based testing and counseling program to improve linkage to care and ART adherence in rural South Africa. Prevention Science. 20(1): 126-136.

Comulada WS, Tang W, Swendeman D, Cooper A, Wacksman J, & Adolescent Medicine Trials Network (ATN) CARES Team (2018). Development of an electronic data collection system to support a large-scale HIV behavioral intervention trial: Protocol for an electronic data collection system. JMIR Research Protocols. 7(12): e10777.