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Patricia Watson, PhD

Patricia Watson, PhD

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Executive Division

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  • 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

Selected Publications

Watson, P. (2019). PTSD as a Public Mental Health Priority. Current psychiatry reports, 21(7), 61.

Watson, P.J. & Hamblen, J. (2017). Assisting Individuals and Communities After Natural Disasters and Community Traumas. In Cook, J., Gold, S., & Dalenberg, C. (Eds.), APA Handbook of Trauma Psychology, American Psychological Association.

Watson, P. J. (2017). Early Interventions for Trauma-Related Problems. In R. J. Ursano, C. Fullerton, L. Weisaeth, & B. Raphael (Eds.), Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry, 2nd Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Watson, P., Lightley, K., Gist, R., Taylor, V. Evlander, E., Leto, F., Martin, R., Vaught, D., Nash, W.P., Westphal, R., & Litz, B. (2017). Stress First Aid for Wildland Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel. Department of Forestry.

Watson, P. J. (2015). How Different is Psychological First Aid from Other Psychotherapeutic Modalities? Vicarious Trauma and Disaster Mental Health: Understanding Risks and Promoting Resilience.. Quitangon, G. and Evces, M.R. (eds.). New York: Taylor Frances / Routlege.

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