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Major Area of Study



Erin Morgan, PhD / Igor Grant, MD



Research Interests

Wei-Ming’s research explores how experiences of social adversity across the lifespan interact with neurobiological disease processes in HIV and late-life dementias to influence cognitive and functional well-being. Wei-Ming is interested in identifying factors of risk and resilience for these diseases’ outcomes in communities of color and LGBTQ communities.

Representative Publications
  • Watson, C.W., Manly, J.J. & Zahodne, L.B. (2016). Does bilingualism protect against cognitive aging? Methodological issues in research on bilingualism, cognitive reserve, and dementia incidence. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism: Special Issue on Bilingualism and Executive Function: An interdisciplinary approach, 6, 590-604. doi: 10.1075/lab.15043.wat

  • Zahodne, L.B., Watson, C.W-M., Seehra, S., & Martinez, M. (under review). Positive psychosocial factors and cognition in ethnically diverse older adults.

  • Angevaare, M.J., Geerlings, M.I., Bertola, L., Zahodne, L., Watson, C.W., Schupf, N.S., Mayeux, R., & Manly, J.J. (under review). Predictors of incident MCI and its course in an ethnically diverse population-based cohort.

  • Cherner, M., Halpin, L., Watson, C.W., Minassian, A., Ellis, R. Heaton, R., Suarez, P., Bousman, C., Grant, I., & the TMARC Group. (under review). Protective Effect of Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met Val/Val Genotype in Methamphetamine-related Executive Dysfunction.

  • Watson, C.W., Zahodne L.B., Schupf N., Tang M., Brickman A.M., & Manly J.J. (in preparation). Socioeconomic and educational factors account for racial inequities in dementia risk.

  • 2016 – 2021: Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant, National Insitutes of Health: T32, Training in Research on Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS (TRAIN). PD/PI: Robert K. Heaton

Caitlin Wei-Ming Watson CV