Bianca D.M. Wilson, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy

bwilson-picBianca D.M. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Community and Prevention Research program at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Statistics, Methods, and Measurement. She worked at several HIV prevention community-based organizations focusing on the needs of young gay, bisexual, and questioning males. She also served on the Board of Directors of Affinity Community Services, a community-based organization for lesbian and bisexual women of African descent in Chicago.

After graduate school, Bianca completed 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. She also served as member and chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.

Bianca comes to the Williams Institute after working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. A manuscript based on her dissertation work examining sexual culture among African American lesbians was included in the International Handbook on Sexuality, Health, and Rights (P. Aggleton & R. Parker, Eds., 2010) and her theoretical work on the intersectionality among African American lesbians with regard to size, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality was included as a chapter in the Fat Studies Reader (E. Rothblum & S. Solovay, 2009), an interdisciplinary collection of scholarly work focused on the treatment of size, weight and fat in popular culture, the social sciences, and in the law.