Joshua J. Matacotta, PsyD, CAHIMS


Dr. Matacotta trained as a clinical psychologist with an emphasis in health psychology. He has worked in community mental health, university student health centers, hospitals, and public schools. Currently, Dr. Matacotta conducts research on interprofessional practice and education at Western University of Health Sciences. He is an adjunct faculty at Pasadena City College in the Division of Social Sciences.


Introductory Psychology
Health Psychology
Social Psychology
Positive Psychology
LGBTQ Psychology
Interprofessional Practice & Education


Dr. Matacotta's research primarily examines the intersection of health, behavior, and environment in relation to health outcomes and quality of life using a biopsychosocial framework. Specific research topics include risk and resilience processes associated with health, quality of life, and well-being of minority groups. Other research interests include replication in psychological science, examining the impact of stigma and discrimination on health, mental health, treatment engagement and adherence in sexual minorities, and best practices for teaching undergraduate psychology 

Other Research Topics

  • Mental Health in College Students

  • Quality of life and aging with HIV

  • Behavioral Health/Behavioral Medicine

  • Telemedicine/Telehealth

  • Interprofessional practice and education

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Div 2)

  • Society of Behavioral Medicine - SBM Champion

  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)



Josh Matacotta, PsyD
Professor, Research Scientist

ResearcherID: J-9203-2015