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

Ph.D., University of Minnesota



Dr. Watson is a personality psychologist with particular expertise in personality 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 (e.g., major depression, social anxiety disorder, the bipolar disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), the 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, the role of similarity in interpersonal attraction, and accuracy versus bias in person perception. He has published more than 175 articles in the top journals in psychology, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, the Journal of Personality, and Assessment. He served as an Advisor to the DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Workgroup and to the DSM-5 Personality and Personality Disorders Workgroup. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology from 2006 through 2011.

Recent Publications:

Stanton, K., & Watson, D. (2014). Replicable facets of positive emotionality and their relations to psychopathology. Assessment, doi:
Gámez, W., Chmielewski, M., Kotov, R., Ruggero, C., Suzuki, N., & Watson D. (2014). The Brief Experiential Avoidance Questionnaire: Development and initial validation. Psychological Assessment, 26, 35-45. 
Gootzeit, J., Markon, K., & Watson, D. (2014). Measuring dimensions of PTSD: The Iowa Traumatic Response Inventory. Assessment.
Naragon-Gainey, K., & Watson, D. (2014). Consensually-defined facets of personality as prospective predictors of change in depression symptoms. Assessment, 21, 387-403.
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.
Watson, D., Beer, A., & McDade-Montez, E. (2014). The role of active assortment in spousal similarity. Journal of Personality, 82, 116-129. 
Watson, D., & Naragon-Gainey, K. (2014). Personality, emotions, and the emotional disorders. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 422-442.
Williamson, J. A., O’Hara, M. W., Stuart, S., Hart, K. J., & Watson, D. (2014). Assessment of postpartum depressive symptoms: The importance of somatic symptoms and irritability. Assessment. 
Watson, D., Clark, L. A., Chmielewski, M., & Kotov, R. (2013). The value of suppressor effects in explicating the construct validity of symptom measures. Psychological Assessment, 25, 929-941.
Watson, D., Stasik, S. M., Ro, E., & Clark, L.A. (2013). Integrating normal and pathological personality: Relating the DSM-5 trait dimensional model to general traits of personality. Assessment, 20, 312-326.

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Contact Information:

124B Haggar Hall

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN  46556