Francisco Salgado Garcia, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of the Psychological Services Center

Psychology Building, Room 126
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Francisco Salgado Garcia


  • Postdoctoral fellow in Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, The University of Memphis
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • B.S. in Psychology, The University of Texas at El Paso

Research Interests

  • Substance Use Disorders, prevention and treatment
  • Stress and coping strategies
  • Behavioral health
  • Health in gender and sexual minorities (GSM) and racial and ethnic minorities (REM)


  • Sandoval-Sierra, J. V., Salgado García, F. I., Brooks, J. H., Derefinko, K. J., & Mozhui, K. (2020). Effect of short-term prescription opioids on DNA methylation of the OPRM1 promoter. Clinical Epigenetics, 12(76). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13148-020-00868-8.
  • Salgado García, F., Bursac, Z., & Derefinko, K. J. (2020). Cumulative risk of substance use in community college students. The American Journal on Addictions. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajad.12983
  • Derefinko, K. J., Salgado Garcia, F. I., Kaplan, C., Popescu, T., Waters, T., Madjleski, A., Tonkin, L., & Ashby, S. (2020). Sexually transmitted infections and contraceptive use in adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
  • Derefinko, K. J., Salgado García, F. I., Johnson, K. C., Hand, S., Murphy, J. G., McDevitt-Murphy, M., … Brooks, J. H. (2020). A randomized pilot program to reduce opioid use following dental surgery and increase safe medication return. Addictive Behaviors, 102, 106190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106190
  • Derefinko, K. J., Salgado García, F. I., Talley, K. M., Bursac, Z., Johnson, K. C., Murphy, J. G., … Sumrok, D. D. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences predict opioid relapse during treatment among rural adults. Addictive Behaviors, 96, 171-174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.05.008
  • Salgado García, F. I., Derefinko, K. J., Bursac, Z., Klesges, R. C., Ebbert, J. O., Womack, C. R., & Krukowski, R. A. (2019). Fit & Quit: An efficacy trial of two behavioral post-cessation weight gain interventions. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 76, 31–40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2018.11.009
  • Derefinko, K. J., Hallsell, T. A., Isaacs, M. B., Colvin, L. W., Salgado Garcia, F. I., & Bursac, Z. (2018). Perceived needs of Veterans transitioning from the military to civilian life. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-018-9633-8
  • Derefinko, K. J., Salgado García, F. I., & Sumrok, D. D. (2018). Smoking cessation for those pursuing recovery from substance use disorders. Medical Clinics of North America, 102(4), 781-796. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcna.2018.02.014
  • Salgado García, F. I., Derefinko, K. J., Bursac, Z., Hand, S., & Klesges, R. C. (2018). Planning a Change Easily (PACE): A randomized controlled trial for smokers who are not ready to quit. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 68, 14–22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2018.03.007
  • Derefinko, K. J., Hallsell, T. A., Isaacs, M. B., Salgado Garcia, F. I., Colvin, L. W., Bursac, Z., … Klesges, R. C. (2018). Substance use and psychological distress before and after the military to civilian transition. Military Medicine, 183(5-6), e258-e265. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usx082
  • Grazzi, L., D’Amico, D., Raggi, A., Leonardi, M., Ciusani, E., Corsini, E., … Sansone, E. (2017). Mindfulness and pharmacological prophylaxis have comparable effect on biomarkers of inflammation and clinical indexes in chronic migraine with medication overuse: results at 12 months after withdrawal. Neurological Sciences, 38(Suppl 1), 173–175. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-017-2874-0
  • Grazzi, L., Sansone, E., Raggi, A., D’Amico, D., De Giorgio, A., Leonardi, M., De Torres, L., Salgado-García, F., & Andrasik, F. (2017). Mindfulness and pharmacological prophylaxis after withdrawal from medication overuse in patients with chronic migraine: an effectiveness trial with a one-year follow-up. The Journal of Headache and Pain, 18(1), 15. https://doi.org/10.1186/s10194-017-0728-z
  • Andrasik, F., Grazzi, L., D’Amico, D., Sansone, E., Leonardi, M., Raggi, A., & Salgado-García, F. I. (2016). Mindfulness and headache: a “new” old treatment, with new findings. Cephalgia, 36(12), 1192–1205. https://doi.org/10.1177/0333102416667023
  • Robinson, L. A., Clawson, A. H., Weinberg, J. A., Salgado-Garcia, F. I., & Ali, J. S. (2015). Physician intervention for improving tobacco control among parents who use tobacco. Clinical Pediatrics, 54(11), 1044-1050. https://doi.org/10.1177/0009922814567304
  • Salgado-García, F. I., Zuber, J., Graney, M. J., Nichols, L. O., Martindale-Adams, J., & Andrasik, F. (2013). Smoking and smoking increase in caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. The Gerontologist, 55(5), 780–792. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnt149
  • Salgado-García, F. I., Cooper, T. V., & Taylor, T. (2013). Craving effect of smoking cues in smoking and antismoking stimuli in light smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 38(10), 2492–2499. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.04.008
  • Cabriales, J. A., Cooper, T. V., Salgado-Garcia, F., Naylor, N., & Gonzalez, E. J. (2012). A randomized trial of a brief smoking cessation intervention in a light and intermittent Hispanic sample. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 20(5), 410–419. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029039