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Sung-Jae Lee

Associate Professor In-Residence


DepartmentsType of Faculty
EpidemiologyJoint Appointment
Contact Information

UCLA Semel Institute, Center for Community Health
10920 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6521

Areas of Interest: 


Behavioral interventions for HIV-affected families in developing countries

Conjoint analysis to assess acceptability of biomedical interventions

HIV disclosure

HIV among youth


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 is the Associate Director of Methods Core, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS). His substantive areas of research include conjoint analysis to assess consumer preferences on biomdedical interventions (e.g., HIV vaccines, PrEP, HIV testing, dual HIV/Syphilis testing), family-focused interventions to support HIV disclosure, community-based interventions for HIV and drug control, and finding innovative ways to support and facilitate HIV treatment and prevention continuum for at-risk youth.  He currently co-directs Fogarty HIV Research Training Program in Thailand and Myanmar. 

BA Social Psychology, Tufts University
MPH Epidemiology, Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health
PhD Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
PhD Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member
Field Studies Advisor

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

Selected Publications: 
  1. DeBernado, R.L., Aldinger, C.E., Lee, S-J., Dawood, O.R., Hanson, R.E., Rinaldi, S.R. (1999).  An e-mail assessment of undergraduates’ attitudes toward smoking. Journal of American College Health, 48(2), 61- 66.
  2. Rosenbach, A., Lee, S-J., Johr, R.H. (2002). Treatment of Medium-Brown Solar Lentigines Using an Alexandrite Laser Designed for Hair Reduction. Archives of Dermatology, 138, 547-548.
  3. Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Leonard, N., Lightfoot, M., Franzke, L., Tottenham, N., Lee, S-J. (2002).  Picking Up the Pieces: Caregivers of adolescents bereaved by parental AIDS. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1359-1045(200201)7:1 Copyright 2002. SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi) Vol. 7(1): 115-124.
  4. Sneed, C.D., Morisky, D.E., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Lee,  S-J., Ebin, V.J. (2004). Indices of lifetime polydrug use among adolescents.  Journal of Adolescents, 27(3), 239-49.  PMCID: PMC2819539
  5. Basu, I., Jana, S., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Swendeman, D., Lee, S-J., Newman, P.A., Weiss, R.E. (2004). HIV prevention among sex workers in India. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 36(3), 845-852. PMCID: PMC2826108
  6. Newman, P.A., Duan, N., Lee, S-J., Rudy, E.T., Seiden, D.S., Kakinami, L., Cunningham, W.E. (2006). HIV vaccine acceptability among communities at risk: The impact of vaccine characteristics.  Vaccine, 24(12), 2094-101. PMCID: PMC2819665
  7. Lester, P., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Lee, S-J., Comulada, W.C., Cantwell, S., Wu, N., Lin, Y-Y. (2006). Rates and predictors of anxiety and depressive disorders in adolescents of parents with HIV.  Vulnerable Children & Youth Studies, 1(1), 81-101.
  8. Sayles, J., Pettifor, A., Wong, M., MacPhail, C., Lee, S-J., Hendriksen, E., Rees, H.V., Coates, T. (2006). Factors associated with self-efficacy for condom Use and Sexual Negotiation Among South African Youth. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 43(2), 226-233. PMCID: PMC2819666
  9. Lee, S-J., Detels, R., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Duan, N. (2007). The effect of social support on mental and behavioral outcomes among HIV-affected adolescents. American Journal of Public Health, 97(10), 1820-1826. PMCID: PMC1994191
  10. Lee, S-J., Detels, R., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Duan, N., Lord, L. (2007).  Depression and social support among HIV- affected adolescents. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 21(6), 409-417. PMCID: PMC2819664
  11. Hendriksen, E.S., Pettifor, A., Lee, S-J., Coates, T., Rees, H. (2007). Predictors of condom use among South African youth age 15-24:The RHRU National Youth Survey. American Journal of Public Health, 97(7), 1241-1248.  PMCID: PMC1913066
  12. Li, L., Wu, Z.Y., Wu, S., Lee, S-J., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Detels, R., Jia, M., Sun, S. (2007). Mandatory HIV testing in China: the perception of health care providers. International Journal of STDs and AIDS, 18, 476-481.  PMCID: PMC2800998
  13. Newman, P.A., Duan, N., Lee, S-J., Rudy, E., Seiden, D., Kakinami, L., Cunningham, W.E. (2007).  Willingness to participate in HIV vaccine trials: The impact of trial attributes. Preventive Medicine, 44(6), 554-557. PMCID: PMC2819663
  14. Lee, S-J., Brooks, R.A., Newman, P.A., Seiden, D., Sangthong, R., Duan, N. (2008). HIV vaccine acceptability among immigrant Thai residents in Los Angeles: A mixed methods approach.  AIDS Care, 20(10),1161-1168. PMCID: PMC2819665
  15. Kakinami, L., Newman, P.A., Lee, S-J., Duan, N. (2008). Differences in HIV vaccine acceptability between men and women: The importance of gender-specific social and structural factors.  AIDS Care, 20(5), 542- 546. PMCID: PMC2836013
  16. Brooks, R.A., Lee, S-J., Newman, P.A., Leibowitz, A. (2008). Sexual risk behavior has decreased among men who have sex with men in Los Angeles but remains greater than among heterosexuals.  AIDS Education and Prevention, 20(3), 312-324. PMCID: PMC2819194
  17. Stein, J. A., Rotheram-Borus, M. J., Lee, S-J., Jiraphongsa, C., Khumtong, S., & Li, L. (2008).   Effects of family support and functioning on health and compliance among Thai parents with HIV.  Psychology and Health, 23, Suppl 1, p. 245.
  18. Lee, S-J., Rotheram-Borus, M.J. (2009). Beyond the “Model Minority” Stereotype: Trends in Health Risk Behaviors among Asian/Pacific Islander High School Students.  Journal of School Health, 79(8), 347-354. PMCID: PMC2818149
  19. Milburn, N.G., Liang, L-J., Lee, S-J., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Rosenthal, D., Mallett, S., Lightfoot, M., Lester, P. (2009).  Who is doing well?  A Typology of Newly Homeless Adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology, 37(2), 135-147. PMCID: PMC2824440
  20. Li, L., Lee, S-J., Thammawijaya, P., Rotheram-Borus, M.J. (2009). Stigma, Social Support, and Depression among People Living with HIV in Thailand.  AIDS Care, 21(8), 1007-1013. PMCID: PMC2803757
  21. Li, L., Wu, Z., Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Guan, J., Yin, Y., Detels, R., Wu, S., Lee, S-J., Cao, H., Lin, C., Rou, K., Liu, Z., the NIMH Collaborative HIV/STD Prevention Trial Group. (2009). Visiting Entertainment Venues and Sexual Health in China. Arch Sex Behav, 38:814–820. PMCID: PMC2822403
  22. Brooks, R., Lee, S-J., Stover, G.N., Barkley, T.W. (2009). Condom attitudes, perceived vulnerability, and sexual risk behaviors among Latino male urban street gang members: Implications for HIV prevention.  AIDS Education and Prevention, 21, Supplement B, 80-97. PMCID: PMC2819198
  23. Newman, P.A., Lee, S-J., Rudy, E., Duan, N., Nakazono, T.K., Boscardin, J., Kakinami, L., Shoptaw, S., Diamant, A., Cunningham, W.E. (2009). HIV Vaccine Acceptability and Risk Compensation among a Random Sample of Adults in Los Angeles (L.A. VOICES).  Health Services Research, 44, 2167 – 2179. PMCID: PMC2796320
  24. Milburn, N.G, Liang, L.J., Lee, S.J., Rotheram-Borus. M.J. (2009). Trajectories of Risk Behaviors and Exiting Homelessness among Newly Homeless Adolescents.  Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 4, 346-352. PMCID: PMC3075065
  25. Kinsler, J.J., Lee, S-J., Sayles, J.N., Diamant, A., Newman, P.A., Cunningham, W.E. (2009). The Impact of Acculturation on Utilization of HIV Prevention Services and Access to Care Among an At Risk Hispanic Population. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20, 996-1011. PMCID: PMC2874820
  26. Kelly, K.M., Dean, J., Comulada, W.S., Lee, S-J. (2010). Breast cancer detection using automated whole breast ultrasound and mammography in radiograophically dense breasts.  European Radiology. 20, 734-742. PMCID: PMC2822222
  27. Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Stein, J.A., Jiraphongsa, C., Khumtong, S., Lee, S-J., Li, L. (2010). Benefits of Family and Social Relationships for People Living with HIV in Thailand.  Prevention Science, 11, 298-307. PMCID: PMC2888905
  28. Lee, S-J., Li, L., Jiraphongsa, C., Iamsirithaworn, S., Khumtong, S., Rotheram-Borus, M.J. (2010).  Regional Variations in HIV Disclosure in Thailand: Implications for Future Interventions.  International Journal of STD and AIDS, 21, 161-165. PMCID: PMC2836410
  29. Lee, S-J., Li, L., Jiraphongsa, C., Rotheram-Borus, M.J. (2010). Caregiver burden of family members of persons living with HIV in Thailand.  International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16, 57-63. PMCID: PMC2824899
  30. Kelly, K.M., Dean, J., Lee, S-J., Comulada, W.S. (2010). Breast cancer detection: radiologists' performance using mammography with and without automated whole-breast ultrasound. European Radiology, 20, 2557-64. PMCID: PMC2948156
  31. Li, L., Lee, S-J., Wen, Y., Lin, C.Q., Wan, D., Jiraphongsa, C. (2010). Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence among Patients living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. Nursing and Health Sciences, 12, 212–220. PMCID: PMC2947817
  32. Li, L., Lee, S-J., Jiraphongsa, C., Khumtong, S., Iamsirithaworn, S., Thammawijaya, P., Rotheram-Borus, M.J. (2010).  Improving Health and Mental Health for People Living with HIV/AIDS: 12-month Assessment of a Behavioral Intervention in Thailand.  American Journal of Public Health, 100, 2418-25.  PMCID: PMC2978166
  33. Brooks, R., Lee, S-J., Stover, G.N., Barkley, T.W. (2011).  HIV Testing, Perceived Vulnerability and Correlates of HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors of Latino and African American Young Male Gang Members. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 22, 19-24. PMCID: PMC3244469
  34. Saab, S., Ng, V., Landaverde, C., Lee, S-J., Comulada, W.S., Arevalo, J., Durazo, F., Han, S.H., Younossi, Z., Busuttil, R. (2011). Development of a disease specific questionnaire to measure health related quality of life in liver transplant recipients.  Liver Transplantation, 17, 567-579.
  35. Galea, J.T., Kinsler, J.J., Salazar, X., Lee, S-J., Giron, M., Sayles, J.N., Caceres, C., Cunningham, W.E. (2011). Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention strategy: barriers and facilitators to pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake among at-risk Peruvian populations.  International Journal of STD and AIDS, 22, 256-262. PMCID: PMC3096991
  36. Young, S.D., Konda, K., Caceres, C., Galea, J., Lee, S-J., Salazar, X., Coates, T. (2011). Effect of a community popular opinion leader HIV/STI intervention on stigma in urban, coastal Peru.  AIDS and Behavior, 15, 930-937. PMCID: PMC3110996
  37. Brooks, R.A., Lee, S-J., Kaplan, R.L., Lieber, E., Landovitz, R. (2011). Motivators, concerns, and barriers to adoption of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men in HIV discordant male relationships.  AIDS Care, 9, 1136-45.  PMCID: PMC3244470
  38. Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Swendeman, D., Lee, S-J., Li, L., Amani, B., Nartey, M.  Interventions for Families Affected by HIV. (2011).  Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1, 313-326. PMCID: PMC3120968
  39. Lee, S-J., Liang, L.J., Milburn, N.G., Rotheram-Borus, M.J. (2011).  Resiliency and survival skills among newly homeless adolescents: Implications for future interventions. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, 6, 301-308. PMCID: PMC3248916
  40. Li, L., Liang, L.J., Lee, S-J., Iamsirithaworn, S., Wan, D., Rotheram-Borus, M.J. (2012).  Efficacy of an Intervention for Families Living with HIV in Thailand: A Randomized Controlled Trial. AIDS and Behavior, 16, 1276-85. doi: 10.1007/s10461-011-0077-x.     PMCID: PMC3296887
  41. Brooks, R.A.,  Landovitz, R.J., Kaplan, R.L.,  Lieber, E., Lee, S-J., Barkley, T.W. (2012). Sexual Risk Behaviors and Acceptability of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among HIV-negative gay and bisexual men in serodiscordant relationships:  A mixed methods study. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 26, 87-94.PMCID: PMC3266517
  42. Lee, S-J., Newman, P.A., Comulada, W.S., Cunningham, W.E., Duan, N. (2012). Use of conjoint analysis to assess HIV vaccine acceptability in three diverse communities: Feasibility of an innovation in the assessment of consumer healthcare preferences.  International Journal of STD and AIDS, 23, 235-241.  PMCID: PMC3372064
  43. Newman, P.A., Lee, S-J., Roungprakhon, S., Tepjan, S. (2012).  Demographic and Behavioral Correlates of HIV Risk among Men and Transgender Women Recruited from Gay Entertainment Venues and Community-based Organizations in Thailand: Implications for HIV Prevention.  Prevention Science, 13, 483-92. doi: 10.1007/s11121-012-0275-4. PMCID: PMC3430740
  44. Li, L., Liang, L.J., Lee, S-J., Farmer, S. (2012). HIV Status and Gender: A Brief Report from Heterosexual Couples in Thailand. Women & Health, 52, 472-84.  PMCID: PMC3395241
  45. Ford, C.L., Wallace, S., Newman, P.A., Lee, S-J., Cunningham, W.E. (2013).  Belief in AIDS-Related Conspiracy Theories and Mistrust in the Government: Relationship with HIV Testing among At-Risk Older Adults. Gerontologist.  Published online Jan. 28, 2013. doi:10.1093/geront/gns192 PMCID:PMC3826163
  46. Lee, S-J., Li, L., Iamsirithaworn, S., Khumtong, S. (2013).  Disclosure challenges among people living with HIV in Thailand.  International Journal of Nursing Practice, 19, 374-380.  PMCID:PMC3740410
  47. Lee, S-J., Brooks, R.A., Bolan, R.K., Flynn, R. (2013).  Assessing willingness to test for HIV among men who have sex with men using conjoint analysis, evidence for uptake of the FDA-approved at-home HIV test.  AIDS Care. Published ahead of print. May 7, 2013. PMCID: PMC3751974
  48. Lee, S-J., Li, L., Thammawijaya, P. (2013). Parenting styles and emotional intelligence of HIV-affected children in Thailand. AIDS Care.  Published ahead of print. May 7, 2013. PMCID: PMC3744599
  49. Young, S.D., Cumberland, W., Lee, S-J., Jaganath, D., Szekeres, Coates, T. (2013). Social Networking as an Emerging Tool for HIV Prevention: A Cluster Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 159(5):318-24 doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-5-201309030-00005. PMCID: PMC3879120
  50. Newman, P.A., Lee, S-J., Rudy, E.T., Diamant, A., Duan, N., Nakazono, T. Cunningham, W.E. (2014).  Endorsement of Compulsory HIV Vaccination Policy among Most-at-risk Populations for HIV Infection (LA VOICES).  Prevention Science, Published online 25 Jan. 2014. DOI 10.1007/s11121-014-0463-5. PMCID: PMC4028399  
  51. Lee, S-J., Newman, P.A., Duan, N., Cunningham, W.E. (2014).  Development of HIV Vaccine Attitude Scales and their Associations with HIV Vaccine Acceptability.  Vaccine, 32(39):5013-8. PMCID:PMC4137321
  52.  Lee, S-J., Lin, C., Li, L., Tuan, L.A. (2015). Challenges facing HIV-positive people who use drugs and their families in Vietnam. AIDS Care, 27(3):283-7. PMCID: PMC4305471
  53. Ford, C.L., Lee, S-J., Wallace, S.P., Nakazono, T., Newman, P.A., Cunningham ,W.E. (2015). HIV testing among clients in high HIV prevalence venues: Disparities between older and younger adults. AIDS Care, 27(2):189-97 PMCID: PMC4286518
  54. Brooks, R.A., Landovitz, R., Lee, S-J., Regan, R., Allen, V. (2015).  Perceptions of and intentions to adopt HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among black men who have sex with men in Los Angeles. Int J STD AIDS, 26(14): 1040-8. PMCID:PMC4520772
  55. Bristow, C.C., Lee, S-J., Severe, L., Pepe, J.W., Javanbakht, M., Comulada, W.S., Klausner, J.D. (2016).  Attributes of diagnostic tests to increase uptake of dual testing for syphilis and HIV in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Int J STD AIDS Mar 31. pii: 0956462416642340. [Epub ahead of print]
  56. Swendeman, D., Farmer, S., Mindry, D., Lee, S-J., Medich, M. (2016) HIV Care Providers’ Attitudes regarding Mobile Phone Applications and Web-Based Dashboards to support Patient Self-Management and Care Coordination: Results from a Qualitative Feasibility Study. J HIV AIDS 2(4):doi: