Andrew J. McKenna Family Professor of Psychology &
Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of Minnesota



Watson is a personality psychologist with particular expertise in personality assessment.  His work investigates the structure and measurement of personality, mood and psychopathology, as well as examining how personality traits relate to clinical disorders. He works in a variety of substantive areas within psychopathology, including depression and the anxiety disorders, personality disorders, schizotypy, and the sleep and dissociative disorders. The long-term goal of this work is to develop comprehensive taxonomic models that integrate normal-range and pathological processes into a single overarching scheme. Other areas of personality research examine temporal stability versus change across the life span, and accuracy versus bias in person perception.  He has published more than 100 articles in the top journals in psychology, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, and Psychological Assessment.  He currently is serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Recent Papers:

Koffel, E., & Watson, D.  (in press).  Development and initial validation of the Iowa Sleep Disturbances Inventory (ISDI).  Assessment.

Kotov, R., Gamez, W., Schmidt, F. L., & Watson, D.  (in press).  Linking “big” personality traits to anxiety, depressive, and substance use disorders: A meta-analysis.  Psychological Bulletin.

Naragon-Gainey, K., & Watson, D.  (in press).  Clarifying the dispositional basis of social anxiety: A hierarchical perspective.  Personality and Individual Differences.

Watson, D., & Naragon-Gainey, K. (in press).  On the specificity of positive emotional dysfunction in psychopathology: Evidence from the mood and anxiety disorders and schizophrenia/schizotypy.  Clinical Psychology Review.

Forbush, K. T., South, S. C., Krueger, R. F., Iacono, W. G., Clark, L. A., Keel, P. K, Legrand, L. N., & Watson, D. (2010). Locating eating pathology within an empirical diagnostic taxonomy: Evidence from a community-based sample.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 282-292.

Chmielewski, M., & Watson, D.  (2009).  What is being assessed and why it matters: The impact of transient error on trait research.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 186-202.

Koffel, E., & Watson, D.  (2009a).  The two-factor structure of sleep complaints and its relation to depression and anxiety.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 183-194.

Koffel, E., & Watson, D.  (2009b).  Unusual sleep experiences, dissociation, and schizotypy: Evidence for a common domain.  Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 548-559.

Naragon-Gainey, K., Watson, D., & Markon, K.  (2009).  Differential relations of depression and social anxiety symptoms to the facets of extraversion/positive emotionality.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 299-310.

Watson, D.  (2009).  Differentiating the mood and anxiety disorders:  A quadripartite model.  Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 5, 221-247.

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Contact Information:

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN  46556