Jose Pares-Avila, M.A., M.N., D.N.P., R.N., N.P.-C., A.A.H.I.V.S.
Assistant Clinical Professor
José Parés-Avila is an assistant clinical professor for the Master of Science – Nurse Practitioner and Master of Health Services – Physician Assistant degree programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Parés-Avila’s career and research focuses on communities of color and lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender communities as well as leadership development and cultural inclusiveness in the health professions.
Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis, he served as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Community Health Systems at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, where he lectured and mentored nurse practitioner students in second-year HIV residency. He also served as the HIV nurse practitioner in the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System where he was a member of the Advanced Practice Nursing Council and the Nursing Professional Standards Board. Before entering the nursing profession, Parés-Avila’s background was in clinical and community psychology. He was an adjunct faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York and at the College of Public and Community Service, University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he taught graduate-level HIV/AIDS courses. He was also a core faculty member in the HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Certificate Program at the Boston University School of Public Health.
Parés-Avila served as a board of directors member at Fenway Community Health and as a founding member of the Latin American Health Institute, both in Boston. He earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Boston University as well as Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the University of Washington School of Nursing. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Parés-Avila is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and Hispanic Health Care International.