Gail Wyatt, Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Wyatt is a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She was an NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Awardee for 17 years. She has conducted national and international research since 1980, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, state and private foundations.

Dr. Wyatt is Director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program, an Associate Director of the UCLA AIDS Institute and coordinates a core of behavioral scientists who consult with other researchers to recruit underserved populations and conduct research that effectively incorporates socio-cultural factors into HIV/AIDS research. Dr. Wyatt has received numerous awards and honors for her scientific accomplishments, mentoring, and teaching. She has also testified before the United States Congress eight times on issues related to health policy. She was the first African-American woman to be licensed as a psychologist in the state of California.

Work Titles and Affiliation
UCLA Director, Sexual Health Programs Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1967 - 1973
M.A., Fisk University, Nashville, Tennesssee, 1965 - 1967
B.A., Fisk University, Nashville, Tennesssee, 1961 - 1965

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Thames April D, Moizel Jennifer, Panos Stella E, Patel Sapna M, Byrd Desiree A, Myers Hector F, Wyatt Gail E, Hinkin Charles H   Differential predictors of medication adherence in HIV: findings from a sample of African American and Caucasian HIV-positive drug-using adults AIDS patient care and STDs, 2012; 26(10): 621-30.
Wyatt Gail E, Williams John K, Gupta Arpana, Malebranche Dominique   Are cultural values and beliefs included in U.S. based HIV interventions? Preventive medicine, 2011; 15(7): .
Loeb Tamra B, Gaines Tommi, Wyatt Gail E, Zhang Muyu, Liu Honghu   Associations between child sexual abuse and negative sexual experiences and revictimization among women: does measuring severity matter? Child abuse & neglect, 2011; 35(11): 946-55.
Sciolla Andres, Glover Dorothy A, Loeb Tamra B, Zhang Muyu, Myers Hector F, Wyatt Gail E   Childhood sexual abuse severity and disclosure as predictors of depression among adult African-American and Latina women The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 2011; 199(7): 471-7.
El-Bassel Nabila, Jemmott John B, Landis J Richard, Pequegnat Willo, Wingood Gina M, Wyatt Gail Elizabeth, Bellamy Scarlett L, Bellamy Scarlett L   Intervention to influence behaviors linked to risk of chronic diseases: a multisite randomized controlled trial with African-American HIV-serodiscordant heterosexual couples Archives of internal medicine, 2011; 171(8): 728-36.
Idemudia Erhabor Sunday, Williams John K, Wyatt Gail E   Migration challenges among Zimbabwean refugees before, during and post arrival in South Africa Journal of injury & violence research, 2011; 5(1): .
Sumner Lekeisha A, Valentine Jeanette, Eisenman David, Ahmed Sawsann, Myers Hector, Wyatt Gail, Liu Honghu, Zhang Muyu, Rodriguez Michael A   The influence of prenatal trauma, stress, social support, and years of residency in the US on postpartum maternal health status among low-income Latinas Maternal and child health journal, 2011; 15(7): 1046-54.
Wyatt Gail E, Hamilton Alison B, Myers Hector F, Ullman Jodie B, Chin Dorothy, Sumner Lekeisha A, Loeb Tamra B, Carmona Jennifer V, Zhang Muyu, Liu Honghu   Violence prevention among HIV-positive women with histories of violence: healing women in their communities Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, 2011; 21(6 Suppl): S255-60.
Glover Dorie A, Loeb Tamra Burns, Carmona Jennifer Vargas, Sciolla Andres, Zhang Muyu, Myers Hector F, Wyatt Gail E   Childhood sexual abuse severity and disclosure predict posttraumatic stress symptoms and biomarkers in ethnic minority women Journal of trauma & dissociation : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), 2010; 11(2): 152-73.
El-Bassel Nabila, Jemmott John B, Landis J Richard, Pequegnat Willo, Wingood Gina M, Wyatt Gail E, Bellamy Scarlett L, Bellamy Scarlett L   National Institute of Mental Health Multisite Eban HIV/STD Prevention Intervention for African American HIV Serodiscordant Couples: a cluster randomized trial Archives of internal medicine, 2010; 170(17): 1594-601.
King William Douglas, Wyatt Gail E, Liu Honghu, Williams John K, DiNardo Anthony D, Mitsuyasu Ronald T   Pilot assessment of HIV gene therapy-hematopoietic stem cell clinical trial acceptability among minority patients and their advisors Journal of the National Medical Association, 2010; 102(12): 1123-8.
Williams John K, Wyatt Gail E, Wingood Gina   The four Cs of HIV prevention with African Americans: crisis, condoms, culture, and community Current HIV/AIDS reports, 2010; 7(4): 185-93.
Wyatt Gail E   Enhancing cultural and contextual intervention strategies to reduce HIV/AIDS among African Americans American journal of public health, 2009; 99(11): 1941-5.
Wyatt Gail E, Williams John K, Henderson Tina, Sumner LeKeisha   On the outside looking in: promoting HIV/AIDS research initiated by African American investigators American journal of public health, 2009; 99 Suppl 1(11): S48-53.
Wyatt Gail E, Williams John K, Myers Hector F   African-American sexuality and HIV/AIDS: recommendations for future research Journal of the National Medical Association, 2008; 100(1): 44-8, 50-1.
Gupta R N, Wyatt Gail E, Swaminathan Soumya, Rewari B B, Locke Thomas F, Ranganath Vijayalakshmi, Sumner Lekeisha A, Liu Honghu   Correlates of relationship, psychological, and sexual behavioral factors for HIV risk among Indian women Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology, 2008; 14(3): 256-65.
Williams Honghu, Wyatt Honghu, Rivkin Honghu, Ramamurthi Honghu, Li Honghu, Liu Honghu   Risk Reduction for HIV-Positive African American and Latino Men with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse Archives of sexual behavior, 2008; 14(3): .
Myers, Sumner, Ullman, Loeb, Carmona, Wyatt   Trauma and Psychosocial Predictors of Substance Abuse in Women Impacted by HIV/AIDS The journal of behavioral health services & research, 2008; .
Myers Hector F, Wyatt Gail E, Loeb Tamra Burns, Carmona Jennifer Vargas, Warda Umme, Longshore Douglas, Rivkin Inna, Chin Dorothy, Liu Honghu   Severity of child sexual abuse, post- traumatic stress and risky sexual behaviors among HIV-positive women AIDS and behavior, 2006; 10(2): 191-9.
Liu Honghu, Longshore Doug, Williams John K, Rivkin Inna, Loeb Tamra, Warda Umme S, Carmona Jennifer, Wyatt Gail   Substance abuse and medication adherence among HIV-positive women with histories of child sexual abuse AIDS and behavior, 2006; 10(3): 279-86.
Wyatt Gail E, Loeb Tamra Burns, Desmond Katherine A, Ganz Patricia A   Does a history of childhood sexual abuse affect sexual outcomes in breast cancer survivors? Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2005; 23(6): 1261-9.
Wyatt Gail E, Carmona Jennifer Vargas, Loeb Tamra Burns, Williams John K   HIV-positive black women with histories of childhood sexual abuse: patterns of substance use and barriers to health care Journal of health care for the poor and underserved, 2005; 16(4 Suppl B): 9-23.
Williams John K, Wyatt Gail E, Resell Judith, Peterson John, Asuan-O'Brien Agnes   Psychosocial issues among gay- and non-gay-identifying HIV-seropositive African American and Latino MSM Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology, 2004; 10(3): 268-86.
Wyatt Gail E, Longshore Douglas, Chin Dorothy, Carmona Jennifer Vargas, Loeb Tamra Burns, Myers Hector F, Warda Umme, Liu Honghu, Rivkin Inna   The efficacy of an integrated risk reduction intervention for HIV-positive women with child sexual abuse histories AIDS and behavior, 2004; 8(4): 453-62.
Wyatt Gail E, Myers Hector F, Loeb Tamra B   Women, Trauma, and HIV: an overview AIDS and behavior, 2004; 8(4): 401-3.
Eisenberger Naomi I, Kemeny Margaret E, Wyatt Gail E   Psychological inhibition and CD4 T-cell levels in HIV-seropositive women Journal of psychosomatic research, 2003; 54(3): 213-24.
Loeb Tamra Burns, Williams John K, Carmona Jennifer Vargas, Rivkin Inna, Wyatt Gail E, Chin Dorothy, Asuan-O'Brien Agnes   Child sexual abuse: associations with the sexual functioning of adolescents and adults Annual review of sex research, 2002; 13(4): 307-45.
Wyatt Gail E, Myers Hector F, Williams John K, Kitchen Christina Ramirez, Loeb Tamra, Carmona Jennifer Vargas, Wyatt Lacey E, Chin Dorothy, Presley Nicole   Does a history of trauma contribute to HIV risk for women of color? Implications for prevention and policy American journal of public health, 2002; 92(4): 660-5.

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