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Adam Carrico, Ph.D.

General Information

Adam  Carrico, Ph.D.


  • English


  • Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science & Community Health


Research Interests

  • Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis
  • Bio-Behavioral Processes
  • HIV
  • Health Equity
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Behavioral Interventions


2006 Ph.D. in Clinical-Health Psychology
University of Miami
2003 M.S. in Clinical-Health Psychology
University of Miami
2000 B.S. in Psychology
Loyola University Chicago



Adam Carrico, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Psychology. His translational research studies in neuroimmune pharmacology focus on delineating the bio-behavioral pathways whereby substance use may contribute to HIV pathogenesis. Currently, he is pursuing projects examining the clinical relevance of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in substance users living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Carrico’s clinical research tests integrative approaches to boost the effectiveness of contingency management for HIV/AIDS prevention with individuals who use stimulants such as methamphetamine. He is currently analyzing data from two randomized controlled trials with HIV-positive stimulant users.

Dr. Carrico previously led a series of studies demonstrating HIV-positive stimulant users experience profound health disparities and he documented the outcomes of novel approaches to cognitive-behavioral substance use disorder treatment for HIV/AIDS prevention. His research program provides an ideal platform to mentor the next generation of translational and clinical researchers in HIV/AIDS prevention. Dr. Carrico successfully mentored to two predoctoral students, two postdoctoral fellows, and one junior faculty member to obtain NIH funding for their research (i.e., F31, R36, R03, and K23). His extensive contributions to research, mentoring, and service were recognized in 2015 by the American Psychological Association with a Psychology and AIDS Emerging Leader Award.