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Patricia Watson, PhD


About Us

This section is about our Mission, Vision, Staff, & Press Room

This section is about our Mission, Vision, Staff, and Press Room

Patricia Watson, PhD

Portrait of Patricia Watson, PhD

Senior Educational Specialist

Executive Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • Harvard Medical School, Judge Baker Children's Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology, 1995
  • Catholic University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 1994
  • James Madison University, Psychology, BS, 1985

Expertise and Interests

  • Disaster mental health interventions
  • Military culture
  • Early intervention
  • Peer support for public safety personnel
  • Resilience factors
  • Disseminating information on traumatic stress and PTSD
  • Using mobile technology to improve care

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Awards and Honors

  • Full Scholarship award to the Beck Institute 1st Annual Faculty Workshop: Teaching and Supervising CBT, 2013.

Selected Publications

Watson, P. & Neria, Y. (manuscript under review). Understanding and Fostering Resilience in Trauma Exposed Populations. Psychiatric Times: Trauma and Disaster Psychiatry Special Report.

Watson, PJ., Gibson, L, & Ruzek, J.I. (in press). Disaster Mental Health Interventions. In Friedman, M.F., Resick, P. & Keane, T. PTSD: Science and Practice-A Comprehensive Handbook, 2nd Edition. Guilford.

Watson, P., Gist, R., Taylor, V. Evlander, E., Leto, F., Martin, R., Vaught, D., Nash, W.P., Westphal, R., & Litz, B. (2013). Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Watson, P., Litz, B. T., & Southwick, S. (2012). Preparation for Deployment: Improving Resilience, Ritchie EC, ed. Combat and Operational Behavioral Health. In: Lenhart MK, ed. Textbooks of Military Medicine, Washington, DC: Department of the Army, Office of The Surgeon General, Borden Institute.

Watson, P.J., Brymer, M. and Bonanno, G. (2011). Post-Disaster Psychological Intervention Since 9/11. American Psychologist Special Issue: The 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks.

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