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2020 Trainee Champion of Diversity Presented to Wei-Ming Watson

Wei-Ming Watson, MS, was selected as the recipient of the Trainee Champion of Diversity Award for 2020. Wei-Ming is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and an NIH T32 fellow at the HIV Neurobehavioral Program. Wei-Ming’s advocacy centers around the LGBTQ+ community. She has sought out training experiences with LGBTQ+ patients and served as a consultant to other trainees at the SDSU clinic and VA PTSD Clinic in Mission Valley, providing resources and education, including creating a “Gay and Queer Women Resource Guide” of films, television shows, youtube documentary series, and sexual health resources for the clinic. Wei-Ming’s research has included a qualitative project analyzing focus group interviews with trans/non-binary individuals on their perspectives on PrEP and how to improve access in their communities, as well as papers on (1) cultural adaptation of an ART adherence intervention for African Americans with HIV; (2) predictors of memory performance in ethnically diverse older adults with very low educational attainment; and (3) disparities in longitudinal neurocognitive function among Latinos with HIV. She is a member of the LGBTQ+ subcommittee of the Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues and the JDP Student Diversity committee’s Training subcommittee. Wei-Ming also is a member of both the Asian Neuropsychological Association and Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, and an informal member of the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network. Her nominator praises her “outstanding commitment to diversity, particularly for LGBTQ+ communities” and contributions to “training infrastructure for the benefit of trainees at all levels and faculty.”