Erik D. Storholm

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Adjunct Behavioral Scientist
Off Site Office


Ph.D., New York University; Clinical Internship, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center; Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center


Erik D. Storholm is an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is also an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at San Diego State University, a combination prevention core scientist at UCLA's Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS); a scholar in the UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program; and an affiliate research scientist in the Department of Research and Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. He recently completed a study assessing changes in risk perception and behavior, substance use, and medication adherence among young sexual minority men prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. Storholm's primary research interests are all within the area of health disparities, specifically clinical interventions that focus on mental health, substance abuse, and the prevention of HIV/STI transmission among high-risk minority populations. Currently, Storholm is leading several NIH-funded projects in the area of biobehavioral HIV prevention uptake and adherence. During his doctoral studies, he was a fellow in the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science pre-doctoral training program at the NYU Langone School of Medicine. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the NIDA-funded Substance Abuse Treatment Services and Research program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center before joining RAND. Storholm received his Ph.D. from New York University and completed his clinical training in the Departments of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital System in New York City.

Recent Projects

  • Risk and Protective Factors for Adherence to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Transwomen of Color
  • Developing a PrEP Screening Instrument for Identification/Referral of High-Risk MSM in Primary Care
  • Investigating Resiliency in Preventing Binge Drinking and Stimulant Use among Black Men at High-Risk for HIV
  • Informing the Development of an Innovative Smartphone Intervention for Substance-Using MSM Taking PrEP

Selected Publications

Storholm, ED, Volk, JE, Marcus, JL, Silverberg, MJ, & Satre, DD., "Risk perception, sexual behaviors, and PrEP adherence among substance-using men who have sex with men: A qualitative study.," Prevention Science.

Storholm, E. D., Ober, A. J., Hunter, S. B., Becker, K., & Watkins, K. E. , "Barriers to integrating the continuum of care for opioid and alcohol use disorders in primary care: A qualitative longitudinal study," Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2017

Storholm, E. D., Bogart, L. M., Mutchler, M. G., Klein, D. J., Ghosh-Dastidar, B., McDavitt, B., & Wagner, G. J., " Antiretroviral adherence trajectories among African Americans living with HIV. AIDS and Behavior.," AIDS and Behavior, 2018

Storholm, E. D., Huang, W., Siconolfi, D. E., Pollack, L. M., Carrico, A. W., Vincent, W., Huebner, D. M., Wagner, G. J. & Kegeles, S. M., "Sources of resiliency as mediators of minority stress, stimulant use, and sexual risk behavior among young Black men who have sex with men.," AIDS and Behavior, 2019

Storholm ED, Halkitis PN, Siconolfi DE, Moeller RW., "Cigarette smoking as part of a syndemic among young men who have sex with men ages 13-29 in New York City," Journal of Urban Health

Storholm ED, Satre DD, Kapadia F, Halkitis PN, "Compulsive Sexual Behavior, and Sexual Risk-Taking Among Urban Young Gay and Bisexual Men: The P18 Cohort Study," Archives of Sexual Behavior

Storholm ED, Halkitis PN, Kupprat SA, Hampton MC, Palamar JJ, Brennan M, Karpiak S., "HIV-related stigma as a mediator of the relation between multiple-minority status and mental health burden among the aging HIV-positive population," Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services

Storholm ED, Siconolfi DE, Halkitis PN, Moeller RW, Eddy JA, Bare MG., "Sociodemographic Factors Contribute to Mental Health Disparities and Access to Services Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in New York City," Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health

Honors & Awards

  • Loan Repayment Program Award for Health Disparities Research, NIMHD
  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Services Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship, NIDA
  • Clinical and Translational Science Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, NIH