Karen I. Wilson, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
(310) 243-3642
SBS A-335


Ph.D.Howard University
Clinical Psychology
M.S.Howard University
Clinical Psychology
B.S.Queens University

Research Interests:
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Karen Wilson’s research has focused on the effects of HIV on neurocognitive functioning, drug and alcohol abuse in HIV, and the study of neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric predictors of antiretroviral medication adherence. More recently, her research has examined ethnic disparities in HIV/AIDS, with a focus on HIV-associated resilience. Current research projects include: psychological and neurocognitive functioning in college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, psychosocial functioning in children with developmental disorders, neurocognitive and psychosocial predictors of academic achievement and the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive and psychological functioning.

NIH Bibliography

Representative Publications:
Barclay, T. R., Hinkin, C. H., Mason, K. I., Reinhard, M. J., Marion, S. D., Levine, A. J., & Castellon, S. A. (2007). Age-associated predictors of medication adherence in HIV-positive adults: Health beliefs, self-efficacy, and neurocognitive status. Health Psychology, 26(1), 40-49

Foley. J., Ettenhofer, M., Wright. M. J., Siddiqi, I., Choi, M., Thames, A. D., Mason, K., Castellon, S., & Hinkin, C. H. (2010). Neurocognitive functioning in HIV-1-infection: Effects of cerebrovascular risk factors and age. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 265-285

Nagarajan, R., Sarma, M., Thomas, M. A., Natha, U., Wright, M., Chang, L., Hayes, J., Nielsen-Saines, K., Michalik, D. E., Deville, J., Church, J. A., Mason, K., Critton-Mastandrea, T., Nazarian, S., Jing, J, and Keller, M. A. (2012). Neuropsychological Function and Cerebral Metabolites in HIV-infected Youth. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, 7 (4), 981-990

PSY 490: Senior Seminar
PSY 520: Seminar in Psychopharmacology
PSY 567: Individual Assesment
PSY 585: Neuropsychology