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 Publications:

Watson, D., & Naragon-Gainey, K. (in press). Personality, emotions, and the emotional disorders. Clinical Psychological Science.
Beer, A., Watson, D., & McDade-Montez, E. (2013). Self-other agreement and assumed similarity in neuroticism, extraversion, and trait affect: Distinguishing the effects of form and content. Assessment. Published online: August 14 2013. DOI: 10.1177/1073191113500521
Ellickson-Larew, S., Naragon-Gainey, K., & Watson, D. (2013). Pathological eating behaviors, BMI, and facet-level traits: The roles of conscientiousness, neuroticism, and impulsivity. Eating Behaviors, 14, 428-431.
Forbush, K. T., & Watson, D. (2013). The structure of common and uncommon mental disorders. Psychological Medicine, 43, 97-108. doi:10.1017/S0033291712001092
Forbush, K. T., Wildes, J. E., Pollack, L. O., Dunbar, D., Luo, J., Patterson, K., Petruzzi, L., Pollpeter, M., Miller, H., Stone, A., Bright, A., & Watson, D. (2013). Development and validation of the Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory (EPSI). Psychological Assessment, 25, 859-878.
Gámez, W., Chmielewski, M., Kotov, R., Ruggero, C., Suzuki, N., & Watson D. (2013, September 23). The Brief Experiential Avoidance Questionnaire: Development and initial validation. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0034473
Lee, J. E., Watson, D., & Frey-Law, L. A. (2013). Psychological factors predict local and referred experimental muscle pain: A cluster analysis in healthy adults. European Journal of Pain, 17, 903-915. doi:10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00249.x
McDade-Montez, E., Watson, D., & Beer, A. (2013, August 19). Similarity, agreement, and assumed similarity in proxy end-of-life decision making. Families, Systems, & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0033372
Nylen, K. J., Williamson, J. A., O’Hara, M. W., Watson, D., & Engeldinger, J. (2013). Validity of somatic symptoms as indicators of depression in pregnancy. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 16, 203-210. DOI 10.1007/s00737-013-0334-2
Pettersson, E., Boker, S., Watson, D., Clark, L. A., & Tellegen, A. (2013). Modeling daily variation in the affective circumplex: A dynamical systems approach. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 57-69.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN  46556