i4Health - Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health

Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D.




This research group has as its mission the reduction of health disparities worldwide.  I joined the PAU faculty September, 2012, after 35 years as professor at the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital (UCSF/SFGH), and began establishing i4Health to develop and evaluate evidence-based psychological interventions using Internet sites, eHealth, and mHealth applications.


Research Topics: Prevention and treatment of depression; smoking cessation; Spanish/English evidence-based digital psychological interventions; developing a smoking cessation web site for San Francisco Health Network primary care patients (a low-income, low-education, culturally and linguistically diverse population).


Team & Desired Skill Sets: We currently have 16 official students. We will be recruiting 2 more for 2017-2018.

I want to put together a kind of “Mission Impossible” team that will include people with some of the following skill sets:

  1. Documented commitment to serving the underserved (low-income, low-education individuals; Latinos, African-Americans, Asian Americans, and so on) and joining a team dedicated to that mission. See: http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb02/reaching.aspx
  2. Strong background in CBT and social learning/social cognitive theory
  3. Documented interest in the prevention and treatment of major depression, smoking cessation, and other health problems that could be addressed via Internet/eHealth/mHealth methods.
  4. Ability to work independently and complete projects well before deadlines, (and enjoying doing so!).
  5. Great writing skills and strong desire to publish your work in professional and popular journals.
  6. Exceptional ability in data analysis and management of very large data sets (I have several).
  7. Computer “whizzes” with documented experience in constructing interactive Internet sites or smartphone apps.
  8. Bilingual and biliterate in Spanish.


Requirements: Students are expected to do the following:

  • Attend weekly lab meetings (Mondays 4:30-5:30 @ PAU) and spend ~10 hours/week on research activities related to our group as follows:
  • Take the January-March 2017 Winter quarter course “Evidence-Based Internet Interventions” taught by Muñoz on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 – 11:20 a.m.
  • Submit 1-2 posters per year, starting Fall Quarter, 2017; submit 1 paper per year
  • Contribute to group projects. Students will have the opportunity to participate in all stages of the research process: grant writing and fund sourcing, IRBs, literature reviews, recruitment, data collection and analysis, poster and paper publications.


Openings: 2 new members to join the I4Health group in September 2017.


Apply: Please submit the following to  rmunoz@paloaltou.edu by midnight, April 10, 2017:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Research interest statement (no more than three pages) discussing a) your commitments, aspirations, and fantasies regarding what you will contribute to the world as a psychologist, and b) which of the 8 skill sets listed above you would be able to contribute to our “Mission Impossible” team, with supporting evidence.
  3. A writing sample in English– for example, a paper submitted to a psychology class (undergraduate or graduate).
  4. If you are bilingual in Spanish, a writing sample in Spanish.
  5. If you have built Websites, a link to your site; or if you have built an app, screen shots or how to download it.


Notification: Students accepted into the Institute research team will be notified by Dr. Muñoz at 4 p.m., Monday, May 1st, 2017.


References: See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&cmd=Search&itool=pubmed_Abstract&term=Munoz%20RF

Most relevant:

  • Muñoz, R. F., & Mendelson, T. (2005). Toward evidence-based interventions for diverse populations: The San Francisco
  • General Hospital prevention and treatment manuals. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 790-799.
  • Muñoz, R. F., Cuijpers, P., Smit, F., Barrera, A.Z., & Leykin, Y. (2010). Prevention of Major Depression. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 6, 181-212.
  • Muñoz, R. F. (2010) Using Evidence-Based Internet Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities Worldwide. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 12(5):e60. PMID: 21169162.
  • Dimidjian, S., Barrera, M., Martell, C., Muñoz, R. F., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2011). The Origins and Current Status of Behavioral
  • Activation Treatments for Depression. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 7(1), 1-38. doi: doi:10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032210-104535
  • Muñoz, R. F., Beardslee, W. R., & Leykin, Y. (2012). Major depression can be prevented. American Psychologist, 67, 285-295. doi:10.1037/a0027666
  • Muñoz, R. F., Bunge, E. L., Chen, K., Schueller, S. M., Bravin, J. I., Shaughnessy, E. A., & Pérez-Stable, E. J. (2015). Massive Open Online Interventions: A novel model for delivering behavioral-health services worldwide. Clinical Psychological Science. http://doi.org/10.1177/2167702615583840



Muñoz’s work is based on Albert Bandura’s Social Learning/Social Cognitive Theory, and his work on self-efficacy:


and Muñoz’s document titled “The Healthy Management of Reality”




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