Wei Ming Watson, PhD

Title(s)Neuropsychology Fellow, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Columbia UniversityBAPsychology, Urban Studies
    UC San Diego/San Diego State UniversityPhDNeuropsychology
    VA Palo Alto Health Care SystemInternship/ResidencyNeuropsychology
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowshipNeuropsychology

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    Dr. Watson (she/her) is a neuropsychologist who cares for patients with a variety of cognitive and mental health needs. She is licensed in the state of California (PSY 34742) and conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, community-based clinics for underserved communities in the Bay Area, and an independent practice. She currently works at UCSF as an NIH Brain Health Equity fellow.

    Dr. Watson has trained and provided clinical care to patients with cognitive challenges since 2016 in New York City, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her approach to assessment is tailored to each patient’s cultural background and individual experiences. She is bilingual (Spanish/English) and has clinical expertise in working with a wide range of neurological, medical, and psychiatric conditions including neurodegenerative disease and dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, HIV, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum, learning disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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    1. Combined effects of loneliness and inflammation on depression in people with HIV. J Neurovirol. 2023 10; 29(5):538-554. Hussain MA, Watson CW, Morgan EE, Heaton RK, Letendre SL, Jeste DV, Moore DJ, Iudicello JE. PMID: 37651083; PMCID: PMC10645641.
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    2. A longitudinal study of cannabis use and risk for cognitive and functional decline among older adults with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2023 Oct; 27(10):3401-3413. Watson CW, Sundermann E, Helm J, Paolillo EW, Hong S, Ellis RJ, Letendre S, Marcotte TD, Heaton RK, Morgan EE, Grant I. PMID: 37155086; PMCID: PMC10766343.
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    3. Emotional health and its association with neurocognition in Hispanic and non-Hispanic White people with HIV. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2024 Jan; 30(1):56-66. Guareña LA, Kamalyan L, Watson CW, Karcher K, Umlauf A, Morgan E, Moore D, Ellis R, Grant I, Cherner M, Moore RC, Zlatar ZZ, Heaton RK, Marquine MJ. PMID: 37078464; PMCID: PMC10766342.
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    4. Ethnic/Racial Disparities in Longitudinal Neurocognitive Decline in People With HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2022 05 01; 90(1):97-105. Wei-Ming Watson C, Kamalyan L, Tang B, Hussain MA, Cherner M, Rivera Mindt M, Byrd DA, Franklin DR, Collier AC, Clifford DB, Gelman B, Morgello S, McCutchan JA, Ellis RJ, Grant I, Heaton RK, Marquine MJ, CHARTER Group. PMID: 35081558; PMCID: PMC8986565.
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    5. Predictors of Incident Mild Cognitive Impairment and Its Course in a Diverse Community-Based Population. Neurology. 2022 01 04; 98(1):e15-e26. Angevaare MJ, Vonk JMJ, Bertola L, Zahodne L, Watson CW, Boehme A, Schupf N, Mayeux R, Geerlings MI, Manly JJ. PMID: 34853178; PMCID: PMC8726570.
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    6. Binge Drinking Relates to Worse Neurocognitive Functioning Among Adults Aging with HIV. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2022 07; 28(6):600-610. Paolillo EW, Saloner R, Kohli M, Watson CW, Moore RC, Heaton RK, Moore DJ. PMID: 34308804; PMCID: PMC8789936.
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    7. Daily Cannabis Use is Associated With Lower CNS Inflammation in People With HIV. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2021 07; 27(6):661-672. Watson CW, Campbell LM, Sun-Suslow N, Hong S, Umlauf A, Ellis RJ, Iudicello JE, Letendre S, Marcotte TD, Heaton RK, Morgan EE, Grant I. PMID: 34261550; PMCID: PMC8288448.
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    8. Misattributions of the source of health-related information in HIV disease. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2021 02; 43(1):1-14. Morgan EE, Watson CW, Woods SP, Gilbert PE, Villalobos J, Verduzco M. PMID: 33302782; PMCID: PMC7920983.
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    9. Barriers and Facilitators to PrEP Initiation and Adherence Among Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Individuals in Southern California. AIDS Educ Prev. 2020 12; 32(6):472-485. Watson CW, Pasipanodya E, Savin MJ, Ellorin EE, Corado KC, Flynn RP, Opalo C, Lampley E, Henry BL, Blumenthal J, Bolan R, Morris S, Moore DJ. PMID: 33779208; PMCID: PMC10953836.
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    10. Subgingival microbiome and clinical periodontal status in an elderly cohort: The WHICAP ancillary study of oral health. J Periodontol. 2020 10; 91 Suppl 1:S56-S67. Papapanou PN, Park H, Cheng B, Kokaras A, Paster B, Burkett S, Watson CW, Annavajhala MK, Uhlemann AC, Noble JM. PMID: 32533776; PMCID: PMC8324315.
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    11. Cannabis use is associated with greater total sleep time in middle-aged and older adults with and without HIV: A preliminary report utilizing digital health technologies. Cannabis. 2020 Jul 03; 3(2):180-189. Campbell LM, Tang B, Watson CW, Higgins M, Cherner M, Henry BL, Moore RC. PMID: 32905460; PMCID: PMC7470214.
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    12. COMT val158met genotype alters the effects of methamphetamine dependence on dopamine and dopamine-related executive function: preliminary findings. Psychiatry Res. 2020 10; 292:113269. Saloner R, Cherner M, Sundermann EE, Watson CW, Iudicello JE, Letendre SL, Kumar A, Ellis RJ. PMID: 32739643; PMCID: PMC7530039.
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    13. Tailoring a mobile health text-messaging intervention to promote antiretroviral therapy adherence among African Americans: A qualitative study. PLoS One. 2020; 15(6):e0233217. Pasipanodya EC, Montoya JL, Watson CW, Marquine MJ, Hoenigl M, Garcia R, Kua J, Gant V, Trambley J, Moore DJ. PMID: 32516317; PMCID: PMC7282643.
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    14. Cannabis Exposure is Associated With a Lower Likelihood of Neurocognitive Impairment in People Living With HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 01 01; 83(1):56-64. Watson CW, Paolillo EW, Morgan EE, Umlauf A, Sundermann EE, Ellis RJ, Letendre S, Marcotte TD, Heaton RK, Grant I. PMID: 31809361; PMCID: PMC6901104.
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    15. Predictors of Episodic Memory Performance Across Educational Strata: Multiple-Group Comparisons. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2019; 9(25):901-909. 16. Bertola, L., Watson, C. W.-M., Avila, J. F., Zahodne, L. B., Angevaare, M. J., Schupf, N. S., & Manly, J. J. View Publication.
    16. Adverse effect of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met met/met genotype in methamphetamine-related executive dysfunction. Addict Behav. 2019 11; 98:106023. Cherner M, Watson CW, Saloner R, Halpin LE, Minassian A, Murray SS, Vaida F, Bousman C, Everall I, TMARC Group. PMID: 31301644; PMCID: PMC6733518.
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    17. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Neurocognitive Impairment in a U.S. Military Cohort of Persons Living with HIV. Psychiatry. 2019; 82(3):228-239. Deiss R, Campbell CJ, Watson CW, Moore RC, Crum-Cianflone NF, Wang X, Ganesan A, Okulicz LCJ, Letendre S, Maves RC, Moore DJ, Agan BK. PMID: 30925113; PMCID: PMC6766407.
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    18. Effects of trauma, economic hardship, and stress on neurocognition and everyday function in HIV. Health Psychol. 2019 Jan; 38(1):33-42. Watson CW, Sundermann EE, Hussain MA, Umlauf A, Thames AD, Moore RC, Letendre SL, Jeste DV, Morgan EE, Moore DJ. PMID: 30372103; PMCID: PMC6309226.
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    19. White matter damage, neuroinflammation, and neuronal integrity in HAND. J Neurovirol. 2019 02; 25(1):32-41. Alakkas A, Ellis RJ, Watson CW, Umlauf A, Heaton RK, Letendre S, Collier A, Marra C, Clifford DB, Gelman B, Sacktor N, Morgello S, Simpson D, McCutchan JA, Kallianpur A, Gianella S, Marcotte T, Grant I, Fennema-Notestine C, CHARTER Group. PMID: 30291567; PMCID: PMC6416232.
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    20. Periodontal status among elderly inhabitants of northern Manhattan: The WHICAP ancillary study of oral health. J Clin Periodontol. 2018 08; 45(8):909-919. Shariff JA, Burkett S, Watson CW, Cheng B, Noble JM, Papapanou PN. PMID: 29779259; PMCID: PMC6242775.
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    21. Positive Psychosocial Factors and Cognition in Ethnically Diverse Older Adults. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2018 03; 24(3):294-304. Zahodne LB, Watson CW, Seehra S, Martinez MN. PMID: 28925347; PMCID: PMC5820211.
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    22. Does bilingualism protect against cognitive aging?: Methodological issues in research on bilingualism, cognitive reserve, and dementia incidence. Linguist Approaches Biling. 2016 Jan; 6(5):590-604. Watson CW, Manly JJ, Zahodne LB. PMID: 30505373; PMCID: PMC6263976.
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