Bianca D.M. Wilson

Rabbi Barbara Zacky Senior Scholar of Public Policy, Williams Institute

  • B.A. Clark Atlanta University, 1997
  • M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005

Bianca D.M. Wilson is a Rabbi Barbara Zacky Senior Scholar of Public Policy of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. She is also an Affiliate Faculty member of the California Center for Population research at UCLA. She was previously Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. Her research focuses on the relationships between culture, oppression, and health, with an emphasis on racial, sexual and gender minorities. Her current empirical work examines LGBT economic instabilities and the experiences of LGBT foster youth, homeless youth, and youth in juvenile custody, with a focus on sampling, data collection, and assessing disproportionality in these systems.

Dr. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Community and Prevention Research program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a minor in Statistics, Methods, and Measurement, and received postdoctoral training at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies and the UCSF Lesbian Health and Research Center through an Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) postdoctoral fellowship.

In addition to several peer reviewed publications representing over twenty years of work in HIV prevention among gay and bisexual male youth, her empirical and theoretical work on health issues among marginalized women’s communities have been included in the International Handbook on Sexuality, Health, and Rights (P. Aggleton & R. Parker, Eds., 2010), the Fat Studies Reader (E. Rothblum & S. Solovay, 2009), and the Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation (Patterson & D’Augelli, 2012). Further, she co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies that featured a multidisciplinary collection of work on health and other topics from the perspectives of Black Lesbians in the U.S., Caribbean, and South Africa.