Gail E. Wyatt, PhD

  • Psychology
UCLA Health Adult Psychiatry | 760 Westwood Plaza, Suite 38-232, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Academic and Clinic titles:

Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Director, UCLA Sexual Health Program
Director, Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities
Co-Director, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP)
Co-Director, UCLA/South African Trauma Research Training (Phodiso) Program
Co-Director, Tirisano Training Project
Clinical Psychologist
Sex Therapist
Senior Cobb Fellow in Health Disparities

Dr. Gail E. Wyatt, a Clinical Psychologist, is a board-certified Sex Therapist and Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA. She directs the Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities and the Sexual Health Programs. Dr. Wyatt has published well over 250 publications, written six books and has provided Congressional testimony 10 times. "Stolen Women: Reclaiming our Sexuality, Taking Back our Lives" by Wiley and Sons, is a best-seller that details the effects of slavery and oppression on African American women today. Dr. Wyatt guest edited the May 2017 issue of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Policy and Planning, including research conducted by first authored South Africans of color. She and her team just completed an implementation study of the culturally congruent, CDC endorsed Eban Intervention for HIV serodiscordant couples. The intervention has been successfully adapted for South African couples. She and Dr. Harolyn Belcher co-edited a special issue on mentoring students of diverse backgrounds in the 2019 issue of the Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Dr. Wyatt and her team also have one NIDA-funded domestic and two NIH training grants that include implementation science. Her multidisciplinary team is currently using the UCLA Life Adversities Screener to implement ''Healing our Hearts, Minds and Bodies, funded by NHLBI to reduce cardiovascular and trauma risks for HIV-positive people of color. Other projects include a Gilead Science funded intervention for HIV-negative women of color and a Cal Wellness Foundation funded a women centered intervention to reduce HIV, STI and reproductive health risks for women of color in Los Angeles County. In 2016, she received the Chancellor's Award for Diversity and Inclusion. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Psychological Association for her work on the effects of trauma on mental health. In 2019 she was made an Honorary Professor at the University of Capetown, South Africa for research and mentoring and she guest edited a special issue on African American women and HIV, in Ethnicity and Disease in 2020. She has been married to Dr. Lewis Wyatt for 55 years, has a son, two granddaughters and a daughter who is an angel.





PhD, UCLA Department of Psychology & Education (MC 156304), 1973


  • 2010 Masters of HealthCare Award, Recycling Black Dollars, The 17th Annual Masters of Health Care Awards Luncheon, Los Angeles, June 4, 2010.
  • 2011 Doctor of Humane Letters, Pepperdine University, Malibu Campus, May 21, 2011.
  • 2011 2011 Charles and Shirley Thomas Mentoring Award, APA Division 45-the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Research, Washington, DC, August 5, 2011.
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Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


UCLA Health Black History Month Event 2021
SSF Distinguished Lecture, Getting in Your Pants: Confronting Lasting Effects of Racism, Sexism, the Historical Void in HIV Research and Treatment (February 10, 2021)
"Faith, HIV, and Mental Health during COVID-19" The Inter-CFAR Faith and Spirituality Research Collaborative. University of Alabama Center for AIDS Research. (November 12, 2020)
How Structural Racism has affected my Research and my Life (September 16, 2020)



Read my PubMed publications.
  1. Wyatt, G.E., Chin, D., Milburn, N., Hamilton, A., Lopez, S., Kim, A. (2019) Mentoring the Mentors of Students From Diverse Backgrounds for Research. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
  2. Mthembu, J., Hamilton, A. B., Milburn, N. G., Sinclair, D., Mkabile, S., Mashego, M., … Wyatt, G. E. (2020). "It Had a Lot of Cultural Stuff in It": HIV-Serodiscordant African American Couples' Experiences of a Culturally Congruent Sexual Health Intervention. Ethnicity & Disease, 30(2), 269–276.
  3. Gamble-George, J. C., Longenecker, C. T., Webel, A. R., Au, D. H., Brown, A. F., Bosworth, H., ... & Wyatt, G.E. (2020). ImPlementation REsearCh to DEvelop Interventions for People Living with HIV (the PRECluDE consortium): Combatting chronic disease comorbidities in HIV populations through implementation research. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases.
  4. Novacek, D. M., Hampton-Anderson, J. N., Ebor, M. T., Loeb, T. B., & Wyatt, G. E. (2020). Mental health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Black Americans: Clinical and research recommendations. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000796
  5. Alarcon, J., Loeb, T. B., Hamilton, A. B., Moss, N. J., Curley, C. M., Zhang, M., ... & Wyatt, G. E. (2020). Barriers to testing for sexually transmitted infections among HIV-serodiscordant couples: the influence of discrimination. Ethnicity & disease, 30(2), 261-268.
  6. Chin, D., Loeb, T. B., Zhang, M., Liu, H., Cooley-Strickland, M., & Wyatt, G. E. (2020). Racial/ethnic discrimination: Dimensions and relation to mental health symptoms in a marginalized urban American population. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000481
  7. Hamilton, A. B., Brown, A., Loeb, T., Chin, D., Grills, C., Cooley-Strickland, M., Liu, H. H., & Wyatt, G. E. (2020). Enhancing patient and organizational readiness for cardiovascular risk reduction among Black and Latinx patients living with HIV: Study protocol. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 63(2), 101-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcad.2020.02.014
  8. Idemudia, E. S., Olawa, B. D., Wyatt, G. E., & Milburn, N. (2020). Pre-displacement stressors, psychological morbidity, and PTSD symptoms among displaced women by Boko-Haram in North-East Nigeria: The buffering roles of psychological capital. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 30(4), 307-314. https://doi.org/10.1080/14330237.2020.1796032
  9. Wyatt, G. E., Hamilton, A. B., Loeb, T. B., Moss, N. J., Zhang, M., & Liu, H. (2020). A hybrid effectiveness/implementation trial of an evidence-based intervention for HIV-serodiscordant African American couples. American Psychologist, 75(8), 1146.
  10. Loeb, T. B., Ebor, M. T., Smith, A. M., Chin, D., Novacek, D. M., Hampton-Anderson, J. N., Norwood-Scott, E., Hamilton, A.B., Brown, A. & Wyatt, G. E. (2020). How mental health professionals can address disparities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Traumatology.


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  • 2010 Masters of HealthCare Award, Recycling Black Dollars, The 17th Annual Masters of Health Care Awards Luncheon, Los Angeles, June 4, 2010.
  • 2011 Doctor of Humane Letters, Pepperdine University, Malibu Campus, May 21, 2011.
  • 2011 2011 Charles and Shirley Thomas Mentoring Award, APA Division 45-the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Research, Washington, DC, August 5, 2011.
  • 2011 Nominee, 30 Years of HIV/AIDS Leadership Award, The Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.
  • 2011 Honor, Southern California Freedom's Sisters, Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA, September 13, 2011.
  • 2012 Member, Inaugural Class of the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute Senior Fellows, W. Montague Cobb/Health Institute, New Orleans, LA , July 29, 2012.
  • 2016 Chancellor Award for Diversity and Inclusion
  • 2014 Distinguished Fellow, Cobb Institute, National Medical ASsociation
  • 2018 R W S Award in Psychiatry, Senate of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, April, 20, 2018
  • 2020 Awardee, Executive Board of Black Community Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA)