Dr. Grant congratulates Jessica Montoya on receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology during at the UCSD graduation ceremony on June 17, 2017. Dr. Montoya’s thesis entitled "Vascular Contributions to Neurocognitive Impairment among Older Persons with HIV” was the result of a set of three interrelated studies that examined the contributions of progressive arterial stiffening, changes in pulse pressure, and shift in the balance of hemostatic factors that have illuminated one group of mechanisms in the persistence of neurocognitive impairment in persons with HIV, particularly with advancing age. Dr. Montoya’s Dissertation Committee included Professors David Moore and Paul Mills from UCSD and Linda Gallo and Aaron Blashill from SDSU. Dr. Grant served as Chair. We are all delighted that Dr. Montoya has chosen to continue her academic career at UCSD, having been selected as a fellow in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry’s Training in Research on Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS Program sponsored by NIDA. We all know that Dr. Montoya is destined for a great career!

Congratulations to Igor Grant, MD on receiving a 2016 HIV Community Service Award from the San Diego LGBT Community Center! In addition to being Chair of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Grant is Director of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP). The HNRP's mission is to initiate and promote translational NeuroAIDS research through the development, coordination, and realization of multi-disciplinary studies. HNRP research studies focus on neuropsychiatry, neuropsychological testing, neurocognition, the effects of antiretrovirals on the brain and aging, how HIV may impact everyday functioning, and intervention strategies for improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Pictured from left to right are: Susanna Concha-Garcia, Igor Grant, and Teresa Oyos.

The Paul Satz Award recognizes Dr. Grant's career contributions to the mentorship of doctoral students. In the award presentation, it was noted that Dr. Grant has mentored 35 Ph.D.s and M.D.s, and served as the primary dissertation advisor to 23 of these as part of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. The nominees were two former graduate students that Dr. Grant mentored, Sean Rourke, Ph.D., who is now Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Jennifer Manly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. Pictured (from left to right): Sean Rourke, Igor Grant, Jennifer Manly, and Robert Heaton.


On November 10th, 2015, the Co-Conveners of UCSD Council of Chairs presented a plaque of appreciation from UCSD Chairs to Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.

Pictured (from left to right): Pamela Ratcliff (Co-convener, Chair of History), Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, Igor Grant (Co-convener, Chair of Psychiatry), and Duncan Agnew (Co-convener, Chair of Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics).

Dr. Grant celebrates awarding of PhD in Clinical Psychology to graduate student Jordan Cattie at the UCSD ceremony on June 14, 2015. The newly minted Dr. Cattie distinguished herself during her graduate training by conducting an innovative study on social cognition in relation to HIV infection and methamphetamine abuse among participants in the UCSD HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program. Dr. Grant served as Jordan's Guidance Committee and Dissertation Committee Chair. Dr. Cattie heads to a postdoc fellowship at the Harvard affiliated McLean Hospital, and then will be applying for a position at Emory University.

Congratulations Jordan!