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

Ph.D., University of Minnesota



Professor Watson is a personality psychologist with specific expertise in personality and clinical assessment.  His work investigates the structure and measurement of personality, emotion and psychopathology, as well as examining how personality traits relate to clinical disorders. He works in a variety of substantive areas within psychopathology, including the emotional disorders (which include the depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), the personality disorders, schizotypy, and dissociation. 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; mate preferences and interpersonal attraction; and accuracy versus bias in person perception.  He has published more than 180 articles in the top journals in personality and clinical psychology. He served as an Advisor to the DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Workgroup and to the DSM-5 Personality and Personality Disorders Workgroup.  From 2006-2011, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

 Selected Recent Publications:

Chmielewski, M., Clark, L. A., Bagby, R. M., & Watson, D.  (2015).  Method matters: Understanding diagnostic reliability in DSM-IV and DSM-5Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 764-769.

Gootzeit, J., Markon, K., & Watson, D.  (2015).  Measuring dimensions of PTSD: The Iowa Traumatic Response Inventory.  Assessment. 22, 152-166.

Kotov, R., Perlman, G., Gámez, W., & Watson, D.  (2015).  The structure and short-term stability of the emotional disorders: A dimensional approach.  Psychological Medicine, 45, 1687-1698.

Watson, D., Stasik, S. M., Chmielewski, M., & Naragon-Gainey, K.  (2015).  Development and validation of the Temperament and Affectivity Inventory (TAI).  Assessment, 22, 540-560.

Watson, D., Stasik, S. M., Ellickson-Larew, S., & Stanton, K.  (2015a).  Explicating the psychopathological correlates of anomalous sleep experiences.  Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2, 57-78.

Watson, D., Stasik, S. M., Ellickson-Larew, S., & Stanton, K.  (2015b).  Extraversion and psychopathology: A facet-level analysis.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 432-446.

Williamson, J. A., O’Hara, M. W., Stuart, S., Hart, K. J., & Watson, D.  (2015).  Assessment of postpartum depressive symptoms: The importance of somatic symptoms and irritability.  Assessment, 22, 309-318.

Ruggero, C. J., Kotov, K., Watson, D., Kilmer, J. N., Perlman, G., & Liu, K.  (2014).  Beyond a single index of mania symptoms: Structure and validity of subdimensions.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 161, 8-15.

Stanton, K., & Watson, D.  (2014).  Replicable facets of positive emotionality and their relations to psychopathology.  Assessment.  Advance online publication. 

Watson, D., & Naragon-Gainey, K.  (2014).  Personality, emotions, and the emotional disorders.  Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 422-442.


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University of Notre Dame

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