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Lillian Ham, B.A.

Pronouns: Lilly, she, her

Doctoral Student

SDSU / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
San Diego

Areas of Research

Neuropsychology, Cognition, HIV, Dementia, Health Disparities


My primary research interest is to explore risk and protective factors, including mental health disorders, cultural differences, and positive psychological factors, in order to promote cognitive resiliency in adults with HIV. I have specific interests in minority populations and research to promote cultural competency in neuropsychology.


Igor Grant, MD, UC San Diego
David J. Moore, Ph.D., UC San Diego


  1. Giovannetti, T., Yamaguchi, T., Roll, E., Harada, T., Rycroft, S. S., Divers, R., … (2023). The Virtual Kitchen Challenge: preliminary data from a novel virtual reality test of mild difficulties in everyday functioning. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 26(6), 823-841.
  2. Mina, Y., Wu, T., Hsieh, H. C., Hammoud, D. A., Shah, S., Lau, C. Y., … (2021). Association of white matter hyperintensities with HIV status and vascular risk factors. Neurology, 96(14), e1823-e1834.
  3. Shirazi, T. N., Snow, J., Ham, L., Raglan, G. B., Wiggs, E. A., Summers, A. C., … (2019). The neuropsychological phenotype of Chediak-Higashi disease. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, 14(1), 1-13.
  4. Traino, K., Snow, J., Ham, L., Summers, A., Segalà, L., Shirazi, T., … (2019). HIV-negative cryptococcal meningoencephalitis results in a persistent frontal-subcortical syndrome. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1-9.
  5. Snow, J., Segalà, L., Ham, L., Traino, K. A., Summers, A. C., McGwier, M., … (2022). Medical Symptom Validity Test (MSVT) profiles in individuals being evaluated for Alzheimer’s disease. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 36(6), 1328-1351.
  6. Divers, R., Ham, L., Matchanova, A., Hackett, K., Mis, R., Howard, K., … (2021). When and how did you go wrong? Characterizing mild functional difficulties in older adults during an everyday task. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 28(2), 308-326.
  7. Ham, L., Gunderson, E. A. (2019). Utilizing analogical reasoning to aid children’s proportional reasoning understanding. Journal of Numerical Cognition, 5(2), 140-157.
  8. McMahan, C., Dietrich, D. K., Horne, E. F., Kelly, E., Geannopoulos, K., … (2023). Neurocognitive Dysfunction With Neuronal Injury in People With HIV on Long-Duration Antiretroviral Therapy. Neurology./li>
  9. Ham, L., Montoya, J. L., Serrano, V., Yeager, S., Paltin, D., Pasipanodya, E. C., … (2023). High Psychosocial Burden Relates to Poorer Antiretroviral Treatment Adherence Among Black/African American People with HIV. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 37(2), 103-113
  10. Ham, L., Tang, B., Kohli, M., Jeste, D. V., Grant, I., Moore, D. J. (2023). Four-Year Trajectories of Internal Strengths and Socioemotional Support Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults with HIV. AIDS and Behavior, 27(2), 628-640.
  11. Ham, L., Spiegel, A., Wiggs, E., Lopez, G., Ryan, E., Sidransk, E., … (2022). The Cognitive Profile of Gaucher Disease Type I. Clinical Neuropsychologist, 36(4), 752-752.
  12. Ham, L., Kelly, E., Hsieh, H. C. K., Chu, X., Ganesan, A., Utz, G., … (2022). (PO-081) Childhood Trauma Modifies the Impact of Brain Volume on Cognitive and Daily Functioning in Virally suppressed People with HIV. Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, 63, S39.
  13. Ham, L., Montoya, J., Schiavon, S., Pasipanodya, E., Marquine, M., Hoenigl, M., … (2022). High Psychosocial Burden Relates to Worse Antiretroviral Treatment Adherence Among Black/African-American Persons With HIV. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 56(SUPP 1), S225-S225.
  14. Dean, O., Anjum, S., Scott, T., Ham, L., Traino, K., Wang, J., … (2021). Quality of life of HIV-negative, previously healthy individuals following cryptococcal meningoencephalitis. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-8.
  15. Dean, O., Anjum, S., Scott, T., Ham, L., Powers, J. H., Snow, J., … (2020). 1176. Quality of Life of Previously Healthy Subjects following Cryptococcal Meningoencephalitis. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 7(Supplement_1), S613-S613.
  16. Ham, L., Segalà, L., Norato, G., Gregory, M., Boyce, A., Pao, M., … (2019). The Cognitive Phenotyping of McCune-Albright Syndrome: A Case Series (P2. 1-021). Neurology, 92(15 Supplement).
  17. Horne, E., Ham, L., Lau, C. Y., Rapoport, S., Snow, J., Nath, A., … (2019). Minimal Effect on Cognitive Function Despite High Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders in Treated HIV (P4. 9-008). Neurology, 92(15 Supplement).
Awards & Honors
  1. 2020-2023: Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation