Entry Year

2016

Major Area of Study

Neuropsychology

Mentor

Erin Morgan, PhD / Igor Grant, MD

E-mail

c4watson@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

My research explores how experiences of social adversity across the lifespan interact with neurobiological disease processes in late-life dementias and HIV to influence cognitive, affective, and functional well-being. I am interested in identifying factors of risk and resilience for these diseases’ outcomes, and informing clinical interventions with a particular focus on communities of color and LGBTQ+ communities.

Representative Publications
  • Watson, C.W-M., Sundermann, E.S., Hussain M.A., Umlauf, A., Thames, A.D., Letendre, S.L., Moore, R.C., Jeste, D.V., Morgan, E.E., & Moore D.J. (in press). Effects of trauma, economic hardship, and stress on neurocognition and everyday functioning outcomes in HIV. Health Psychology. doi:10.1037/hea0000688

  • Zahodne, L.B., Watson, C.W-M., Seehra, S., & Martinez, M. (2017) Positive psychosocial factors and cognition in ethnically diverse older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23, 1-11. doi: 10.1017/S1355617717000935

  • 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

  • Alakkas, A., Ellis, R, Watson, C.W-M., Umlauf, A., Heaton, R.K., Letendre, S., Collier, A., Marra, C., Clifford, D.B., Gelman, B., Sacktor, N., Morgello, S., Simpson, D., McCutchan, J.A., Kallianpur, A., Gianella, S., Marcotte, T., Grant, I., & Fennema-Notestine, C. for the CHARTER Group. (under review) White matter damage, neuroinflammation, and neuronal integrity in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders.

  • Deiss, R., Campbell, J., Watson, C. W-M., Moore, R.C., Crum-Cianflone, N.F., Wang, X., Letendre, S., Maves, R.C., Ganesan, A., Okulicz, J., Moore, D.J., & Agan, B.K. (under review) Post-traumatic stress disorder and neurocognitive impairment in a U.S. military cohort of persons living with HIV.

Grants/Awards
  • 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
CV

Caitlin Wei-Ming Watson CV