Glenn Wagner

Glenn Wagner
Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in clinical psychology, St. John's University; M.A. in developmental psychology, Teacher's College, Columbia University; B.A. in math; psychology, Concordia University

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Glenn Wagner is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has been involved in clinical and behavioral HIV research for more than 25 years and has extensive experience with both HIV prevention and treatment research. For more than 15 years, he has conducted National Institutes of Health–funded research in the United States on HIV antiretroviral adherence, including methodological studies of adherence measurement and randomized, controlled studies of adherence interventions. Wagner has led a group of RAND scientists in developing international HIV research in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. In Uganda, his current research focuses on establishing sustainable models for integrating depression care into HIV care and antenatal care services, and evaluation of a family planning model that integrates safer conception counseling for HIV-affected couples. In Lebanon, Wagner is conducting a study that will culturally adapt and pilot test a community-based, multi-component HIV prevention and sexual health intervention for young men who have sex with men. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John's University.

Recent Projects

  • Culturally tailored sexual health promotion and HIV prevention interventions for young MSM in Beirut
  • Evaluation of a family planning care model that integrated safer conception counseling in Uganda
  • Controlled Trial of an adherence readiness program for HIV clients
  • Integrating depression care into ANC care to promote PMTCT adherence and outcomes

Selected Publications

Wagner GJ, Ghosh-Dastidar B, Robinson E, Ngo VK, Glick P, Mukasa B, Musisi S, Akena D., "Effects of depression alleviation on ART adherence and HIV clinic attendance in Uganda, and the mediating roles of self-efficacy and motivation.," AIDS & Behavior, 2017 (forthcoming)

Wagner GJ, Ngo V, Goutam P, Glick P, Musisi S, Akena D., "A structured protocol model of depression care versus clinical acumen: A cluster randomized trial of the effects on depression screening, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment uptake in Ugandan HIV clinics.," PLoS One, 11(5), 2016

Wagner GJ, Bogart LM, Klein DJ, Green HD, Mutchler MG, McDavitt B, Hilliard C., "Association of internalized and social network level HIV stigma with high-risk condomless sex among HIV-positive African American men.," Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(6), 2016

Wagner GJ, Goggin K, Mindry D, Beyeza-Kashesya J, Finocchario-Kessler S, Woldetsadik MA, Khanakwa S, Wanyenze RK., "Correlates of use of timed unprotected intercourse to reduce horizontal transmission among Ugandan HIV clients with fertility intentions.," AIDS & Behavior, 19(6), 2015