David J. Moore, Ph.D.
Dr. Moore received his doctorate from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of California with a specialization in neuropsychology. After completing his clinical internship at the West Los Angeles VA, he returned to UCSD for a post-doctoral fellowship focusing on individuals with serious mental illness. Currently, he is an Associate Professor conducting research at the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP).
Along with Dr. Achim, Dr. Moore is Co-Principal Investigator for the NIMH-funded California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network (CNTN). He is also the co-PI on an R01 study examining the interplay between genetic predisposition, neuropathology and neurocognitive outcomes among HIV-infected (R01 MH096648). His research interests include neurocognitive impairment and daily functioning difficulty among persons with co-occurring HIV infection, serious mental illness, and substance use disorders, and technological interventions to improve medication adherence. Dr. Moore is also a faculty member of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
Cristian L. Achim, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Achim received his medical degree and completed his clinical residency and research training in Bucharest, Romania. At UC San Diego, Dr. Achim completed a postdoctoral fellowship in NeuroAIDS and received a doctorate in experimental and molecular pathology. He is currently a professor of psychiatry and pathology (neuropathology) at UC San Diego, the director of the Developmental Core for the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), Director of the Neuroscience Core for the Translational Methamphetamine Research Center (TMARC), and, with Dr. Moore, Co-PI of the California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network.
Dr. Achim’s experimental neuropathology laboratory has focused on molecular mechanisms of disease in HIV associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). More recently, in collaboration with the Stein Institute, Dr. Achim’s research group has begun studying the neurobiology of successful aging with a focus on resilience and neurocognitive performance. His ongoing research includes projects studying the role played by amyloid in the brain, vascular pathology, microglia, and brain immunophilins.