Hector Myers

Hector Myers

Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and Psychology

Contact Information

Phone: (615) 322-5881
503 Wilson Hall

Office Hours

Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:00pm



Hector Myers received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and has spent more than 30 years as Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology and the past 7 years as Director of Clinical Training at UCLA. Dr. Myers has published extensively on biobehavioral and psychosocial factors contributing to ethnic disparities in health & mental health. He has maintained an active collaborative program of research including the first neurobehavioral sequelae of HIV/AIDS in African American men, on one of the largest longitudinal studies of HIV-positive women and their partners, on a clinical trial of a risk reduction intervention for women with histories of child sexual abuse, and on the NIMH collaborative multi-site trial of a risk reduction intervention for HIV-serodiscordant African American couples. Dr. Myers has also collaborated on several large clinical trials of Transcendental Meditation intervention with African American adults with hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, on a pilot randomized clinical trial testing the efficacy of Mindfulness Meditation and immune status in HIV/AIDS, as well as on an NIMH-funded multi-site clinical trial testing for ethnic differences in genetic and psychosocial factors affecting treatment response to Citalopram in adults with uncomplicated major depression.


  • Clinical/Health Psychology
  • Ethnic disparities in chronic diseases and mental health
  • Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Interventions
Representative Publications

Abdou, C. M., Dominguez, T.P, & Myers, H.F., Maternal familism predicts birthweight and asthma three years later. Social Science & Medicine, accepted, 2013.

Brumsey, A.D., Joseph, N.T., Myers, H.F., Ullman, J.B., & Wyatt, G.E. Modeling the relationship between trauma and psychological distress among HIV-positive and HIV-negative women. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2013, 5(1), 69-76.

Chin, D., Myers, H.F., Zhang, M., Loeb, T., Ullman, J.B., Wyatt, G.E., & Carmona, J. Who improved in a rauma intervention for HIV-positive women with child sexual abuse histories? J. of Traumatic Stress, accepted, 2013.

Hwang, W-C. & Myers, H.F. The explanatory model of illness catalogue: Ethnic differences in women’s illness beliefs and help-seeking for depression. J. of Cultural Diversity, 2013, 20(2), 57-65.

Joseph, N.T., Mathews, K.A., & Myers, H.F. Acute socioeconomic strain among African American Hurricane survivors is associated with later poor health. Health Psychology, accepted, 2013.

Poland, R.E., Lesser, I.M., Wan, Y.J., Gertsik, L., Raffel, L., Lin, K-M., & Myers, H.F.Response to Citalopram is not associated with SLC^AR genotype in African Americans and Caucasians with major depression. Life Sciences, accepted, 2013.

Wyatt, G.E., Myers, H.F., Ullman, J.B., Hamilton, A.B., Chin, D., Sumner, L.A., Loeb, T.B., Carmona, J.V., Zhang, M., Liu, H.  The health our women (HOW) project: A community-based intervention for HIV-Positive women with histories of child sexual abuse. J. of Traumatic Stress, accepted, 2013.

Sumner, L.A., Wong, M.A. Dunkel Schetter, C., Myers, H.F., & Rodriguez, M. Predictors of PTSD symptoms among low income Latinas during pregnancy and postpartum. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy, 2012, 4(2), 196-203.

Thames, A.D., Moizel, J., Panos, S.E., Patel, S.M., Byrd, D.A., Myers, H.F., Wyatt, G. E. & Hinkin, C.H. Differential predictors of medication adherence in HIV: Findings from a sample of African American and Caucasian HIV-Positive drug-using adults. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 26 (10), 2012, 1-10.

Wohl, A.R., Galvan, F.H., Carlos, J-A., Myers, H.F., Garland, W., Witt, M., Cadden, J., Operskalski, E., Jordan, W., & George, S. A comparison of HIV stigma, MSM stigma, depression, stress and social support in HIV-positive Latino and African American men who have sex with men (MSM) in Los Angeles. AIDS & Behavior, published online, December, 2012.

Behavioral and Biological Outcomes of a Cluster-Randomized Trial. The NIMH Multisite HIV/STD Prevention trial for African American Couples Group. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011.

Joseph, N.T., Myers, H.F., Schettino, J.R., Olmos, N.T., Bingham-Mira, C., Lesser, I.M., & Poland, R.E. Support and undermining in interpersonal relationships are associated with symptom improvement in a trial of antidepressant medication.Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 2011, 74(3), 240-254.

Schettino, J.R., Olmos, N.T., Myers, H.F., Joseph, N.T., Poland, R.E., & Lesser, I.M. Religiosity and treatment response to antidepressant medication: A prospective multi-site clinical Trial. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 2011, 1-14.

Sciolla, A., Glover, D.A., Loeb, T.B., Zhang, M., Myers, H.F., & Wyatt, G. E. Childhood sexual abuse severity and disclosure as predictors of depression among adult African American and Latina women. J. of Nervous and Mental Disease, 2011, 199(7), 1-8.

Wohl, A.R., Galvan, F.H., Myers, H.F., Garland, W. George, S., Witt, M., Cadden, J., Operskalski, E., Jordan, W., Carpio, F., & Lee, M.L. Does social support, stress, disclosure and stigma influence retention in HIV care for Latino and African American MSM and women? AIDS & Behavior, 2011, 15(6), 1098-1100.

Wyatt, G.E., Hamilton, A. G. Myers, H.F., Ullman, J.B., Chin, D., Sumner, L.A., Loeb, T. B., Carmona, J.V., Zhang, M., & Liu, H. Violence prevention among HIV-positive women with histories of violence: Healing women in their communities. Women’s Health Issues, 2011, 21-65, S255-S260.

Concordant and discordant reports on shared sexual behaviors and condom use among African American serodiscordant couples in four cities. The NIMH HIV/STD Prevention Trial for African American Couples Group. AIDS and Behavior, 2010, 14, 1011-1022.

El-Bassel, N., Jemmott, J.B., et al. National Institute of Mental Health Multisite HIV/STD Prevention Intervention for African American HIV Serodiscordant Couples: A Cluster Randomized Trial. Arch. Internal Med., 2010, 170(17), 1594-1601.

Glover, D.A., Loeb, T.B., Carmona, J.V., Sciolla, A., Zhang, M., Myers, H.F., & Wyatt, G.E. Childhood sexual abuse severity and disclosure predict posttraumatic stress symptoms and biomarkers ethnic minority women. J. of Trauma & Dissociation, 2010, 11,152-173.

Lesser, I.M., Myers, H.F., Lin, K-H., Bingham-Mira, C., Joseph, N.T., Olmos, N.T., Schettino, J.R., & Poland, R. Ethnic differences in antidepressant response: A prospective multi-site clinical trial, Depression and Anxiety, 2010, 27, 56-62.

Prevalence of child and adult sexual abuse and risk taking practices among HIV serodiscordant African American couples. The NIMH Multisite HIV/STD Prevention Trial for African American Couples Group. AIDS and Behavior, 2010, 14, 1032-1044.

Wohl, AR, Garland, W., Galvan, F., Myers, H.F., George, S., Witt, M., Operskalski , E., Cadden, J., Jordan, W., & Caprio, F. Social support, stress and social network characteristics among HIV positive Latino and African American women and men who have sex with men. AIDS & Behavior, 2010, 14(5), 1149-1158.

Brondolo, E., Gallo, L.C. & Myers, H.F. (2009). Race, racism and health: Disparities, mechanisms, and interventions. J. of Behavioral Medicine, 32(1), 1-8.

Creswell, J.D., Myers, H.F., Cole, S.W., & Irwin, M.R. Mindfulness meditation training effects on CD4+T lymphocytes in HIV-1 infected adults: A small randomized controlled trial. Brain, Behavior & Immunity, 2009, 23, 184-188.

Ettenhofer, M.L., Hinkin, C.H., Castellon, S.S., Durvasula, R.S., Ullman, J.B., Lam, M.N., Myers, H.F., Wright, M., and Foley, J. (2009). Aging, neurocognition, and medication adherence in HIV infection: A latent modeling approach. American J. of  Geriatric Psychiatry, 17(4), 281-290.

George, S., Garth, B., Wohl, A.R., Galvan, F.H., Garland, W., & Myers, H.F. Sources and types of social support that influence engagement in HIV care among Latinos and African Americans. J. of Health Care for the Poor & Underserved, 2009, 20(4), 1012-1035.

Myers, H.F. Ethnicity and socioeconomic status-related stresses in context: An integrative review and conceptual model. J. of Behavioral Medicine, 2009, 32(1), 9-19.