Philip Sayegh


Associate Adjunct Professor
Associate Director, UCLA Psychology Clinic
Ph.D.: University of Southern California
Primary Area: Clinical Psychology
Address: 3175 Franz Hall

Research and Teaching Interests:

My research is broadly focused on the intersection of culture, neuromedical illnesses, neurocognition, and care-seeking and other health behaviors, with a particular interest in health disparities. The neuromedical conditions I have primarily focused on include dementia, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C among culturally diverse individuals. Most of my teaching is related to clinical psychological and neuropsychological assessment as well as normal, healthy aging and disorders of aging. I strive to incorporate culture and the most pertinent, updated literature into my class lectures. I am also involved in teaching in the form of direct supervision of assessments conducted by our program’s doctoral student trainees.

Curriculum Vitae

Representative Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters Sayegh, P., Thaler, N.S., Arentoft, A., Kuhn, T.P., Schonfeld, D., Castellon, S., … Hinkin, C.H. (2016). Medication adherence and aging in HIV-positive African Americans: The roles of health beliefs and sensation-seeking. Cogent Psychology, 3, 1137207. doi:10.1080/23311908.2015.1137207 Sayegh, P. (2016). Cross-cultural issues in the neuropsychological assessment of dementia. In F.R. Ferraro (Ed.), Minority and cross-cultural aspects of neuropsychological assessment: Enduring and emerging trends (2nd ed., pp. 54-71). Hove, England: Psychology Press. Kuhn, T., Schonfeld, D., Sayegh, P., Arentoft, Jones, J.D., Hinkin, C.H., … Thames, A.D. (2016). The effects of HIV and aging on subcortical shape alterations: A 3D morphometric study. Human Brain Mapping. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/hbm.23436 Arentoft, A., Van Dyk, K., Thames, A.D., Thaler, N.S., Sayegh, P., & Hinkin, C.H. (2016). HIV-transmission-related risk behavior in HIV+ African American men: Exploring biological, psychological, cognitive, and social factors. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 15, 1-20. doi:10.1080/15381501.2016.1166092 Thames, A.D., Sayegh, P., Terashima, K., Foley, J.M., Cho, A., Arentoft, A., … Bookheimer, S.Y. (2016). Increased subcortical neural activity among HIV+ individuals during a lexical retrieval task. Neurobiology of Disease, 92, 175-182. doi:10.1016/j.nbd.2015.10.017 Arentoft, A., Van Dyk, K., Thames, A.D., Sayegh, P., Thaler, N.S., Schonfeld, D., … Hinkin, C.H. (2016). Comparing the unmatched count technique and direct self-report for sensitive health-risk behaviors in HIV+ adults. AIDS Care, 28, 370-375. doi:10.1080/09540121.2015.1090538 Sayegh, P. (2015). Neuropsychological language tests in dementia diagnosis in English-speaking Hispanic and non-Hispanic White outpatients. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 22, 435-444. doi:10.1080/23279095.2014.978451 Thaler, N.S., Sayegh, P., Arentoft, A., Thames, A.D., Castellon, S.A., & Hinkin, C.H. (2015). Increased neurocognitive intra-individual variability is associated with declines in medication adherence in HIV-infected adults. Neuropsychology, 29, 919-925. doi:10.1037/neu0000191 Thaler, N.S., Sayegh, P., Kim, M.S., Castellon, S.A., & Hinkin, C.H. (2015). Interactive effects of neurocognitive impairment and substance use on antiretroviral non-adherence in HIV disease. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 30, 114-121. doi:10.1093/arclin/acu092 Sayegh, P., Arentoft, A., Thaler, N.S., Dean, A.C., & Thames, A.D. (2014). Quality of education predicts performance on the Wide Range Achievement Test – 4th Edition Word Reading subtest. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29, 731-736. doi:10.1093/arclin/acu059 Sayegh, P., & Knight, B.G. (2014). Functional Assessment and Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaires: Measurement invariance across Hispanics and non-Hispanic Whites. The Gerontologist, 54, 375-386. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt026 Thames, A.D., Arbid, N., & Sayegh, P. (2014). Cannabis use and neurocognitive functioning in a non-clinical sample of users. Addictive Behaviors, 39, 994-999. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.01.019 Sayegh, P., & Knight, B.G. (2013). Assessment and diagnosis of dementia in Hispanic and non-Hispanic White outpatients. The Gerontologist, 53, 760-769. doi:10.1093/geront/gns190 Sayegh, P., Kellough, J., Otilingam, P.G., & Poon, C.Y.M. (2013). South Asian and Middle Eastern American older adults: Dementia, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Clinical Gerontologist, 36, 216-240. doi:10.1080/07317115.2013.767873 Sayegh, P., & Knight, B.G. (2013). Cross-cultural differences in dementia: The Sociocultural Health Belief Model. International Psychogeriatrics, 25, 517-530. doi:10.1017/S104161021200213X Sayegh, P., & Knight, B.G. (2011). The effects of familism and cultural justification on the mental and physical health of family caregivers. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences66, 3-14. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbq061 Knight, B.G., & Sayegh, P. (2011). Mental health and aging in the 21st century. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 23, 228-243. doi:10.1080/08959420.2011.579494 Knight, B.G., & Sayegh, P. (2010). Cultural values and caregiving: The updated sociocultural stress and coping model. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 65, 5-13. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbp096 Losada, A., Márquez-González, M., Knight, B.G., Yanguas, J., Sayegh, P., & Romero-Moreno, R. (2010). Psychosocial factors and caregivers’ distress: Effects of familism and dysfunctional thoughts. Aging & Mental Health14, 193-202. doi:10.1080/13607860903167838 Barton, C., Sklenicka, J., Sayegh, P., & Yaffe, K. (2008). Contraindicated medication use among patients in a memory disorders clinic. The American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, 6, 147-152. doi:10.1016/j.amjopharm.2008.08.002

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