Wei Ming Watson, PhD

Neuropsychology Fellow
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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 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), learning disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She loves gardening, hot springs, and roller skating.


Combined effects of loneliness and inflammation on depression in people with HIV.

Journal of neurovirology

Hussain MA, Watson CW, Morgan EE, Heaton RK, Letendre SL, Jeste DV, Moore DJ, Iudicello JE

A longitudinal study of cannabis use and risk for cognitive and functional decline among older adults with HIV.

AIDS and behavior

Watson CW, Sundermann E, Helm J, Paolillo EW, Hong S, Ellis RJ, Letendre S, Marcotte TD, Heaton RK, Morgan EE, Grant I

Emotional health and its association with neurocognition in Hispanic and non-Hispanic White people with HIV.

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS

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

Ethnic/Racial Disparities in Longitudinal Neurocognitive Decline in People With HIV.

Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)

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

Predictors of Incident Mild Cognitive Impairment and Its Course in a Diverse Community-Based Population.


Angevaare MJ, Vonk JMJ, Bertola L, Zahodne L, Watson CW, Boehme A, Schupf N, Mayeux R, Geerlings MI, Manly JJ

Binge Drinking Relates to Worse Neurocognitive Functioning Among Adults Aging with HIV.

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS

Paolillo EW, Saloner R, Kohli M, Watson CW, Moore RC, Heaton RK, Moore DJ

Daily Cannabis Use is Associated With Lower CNS Inflammation in People With HIV.

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS

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

Misattributions of the source of health-related information in HIV disease.

Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology

Morgan EE, Watson CW, Woods SP, Gilbert PE, Villalobos J, Verduzco M

Barriers and Facilitators to PrEP Initiation and Adherence Among Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Individuals in Southern California.

AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education

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

Subgingival microbiome and clinical periodontal status in an elderly cohort: The WHICAP ancillary study of oral health.

Journal of periodontology

Papapanou PN, Park H, Cheng B, Kokaras A, Paster B, Burkett S, Watson CW, Annavajhala MK, Uhlemann AC, Noble JM

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 (Research Society on Marijuana)

Campbell LM, Tang B, Watson CW, Higgins M, Cherner M, Henry BL, Moore RC

COMT val158met genotype alters the effects of methamphetamine dependence on dopamine and dopamine-related executive function: preliminary findings.

Psychiatry research

Saloner R, Cherner M, Sundermann EE, Watson CW, Iudicello JE, Letendre SL, Kumar A, Ellis RJ

Tailoring a mobile health text-messaging intervention to promote antiretroviral therapy adherence among African Americans: A qualitative study.

PloS one

Pasipanodya EC, Montoya JL, Watson CW, Marquine MJ, Hoenigl M, Garcia R, Kua J, Gant V, Trambley J, Moore DJ

Cannabis Exposure is Associated With a Lower Likelihood of Neurocognitive Impairment in People Living With HIV.

Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)

Watson CW, Paolillo EW, Morgan EE, Umlauf A, Sundermann EE, Ellis RJ, Letendre S, Marcotte TD, Heaton RK, Grant I

Predictors of Episodic Memory Performance Across Educational Strata: Multiple-Group Comparisons

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

16. Bertola, L., Watson, C. W.-M., Avila, J. F., Zahodne, L. B., Angevaare, M. J., Schupf, N. S., & Manly, J. J.

Adverse effect of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met met/met genotype in methamphetamine-related executive dysfunction.

Addictive behaviors

Cherner M, Watson CW, Saloner R, Halpin LE, Minassian A, Murray SS, Vaida F, Bousman C, Everall I, TMARC Group

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Neurocognitive Impairment in a U.S. Military Cohort of Persons Living with HIV.


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

Effects of trauma, economic hardship, and stress on neurocognition and everyday function in HIV.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Watson CW, Sundermann EE, Hussain MA, Umlauf A, Thames AD, Moore RC, Letendre SL, Jeste DV, Morgan EE, Moore DJ

White matter damage, neuroinflammation, and neuronal integrity in HAND.

Journal of neurovirology

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

Periodontal status among elderly inhabitants of northern Manhattan: The WHICAP ancillary study of oral health.

Journal of clinical periodontology

Shariff JA, Burkett S, Watson CW, Cheng B, Noble JM, Papapanou PN

Positive Psychosocial Factors and Cognition in Ethnically Diverse Older Adults.

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS

Zahodne LB, Watson CW, Seehra S, Martinez MN