William H. Watson, Ph.D.

William H. Watson, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-0322
Fax: (585) 271-7706

Professional Bio

William H. Watson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is senior training faculty with the U of R Institute for the Family, a member of the Physician Faculty Communication Coaching Program team, family psychology training consultant to the Rochester Psychiatric Center, and consulting psychologist with the Strong Epilepsy Center. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards from the URMC psychiatry residents, postdoctoral fellows, and MFT students. A member and Fellow of APA, he is past president of APA Division 43, The Society for Family Psychology, who named him the 2009 Family Psychologist of the Year.

He is an AGPA Certified Group Psychotherapist, trained at the Center for Group Studies in NYC, and is on the board of the Rochester Area Society for Group Psychotherapy. He has presented locally and nationally on his areas of interest which include an emotional systems understanding of somatoform disorders, family systems in the workplace, and spirituality in psychotherapy.

Awards & Honors (National)

Family Psychologist of the Year | American Psychological Association 2009
Distinguished Service to Family Psychology Award | American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology 2007
Distinguished Service Award | American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology 2005

Awards & Honors (Local)

Otto Thaler Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Residency Education | Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 2013
Fellow | Society of Family Psychology, | American Psychological Association 2008 - Present
Sidney Rubin Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Residency Education | presented by the 2008 Psychiatry Residency Class | Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center 2008
Susan H. McDaniel Award for Excellence in Teaching | Rochester, NY 2008 - 2009
Rita P. Underberg, Ph.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the URMC Psychology Training Program | URMC Dept of Psychiatry/Genesee Valley Psychological Association | Rochester, NY 2007
Otto Thaler Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Residency Education | presented by the 2004 Psychiatry Residency Class | Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center 2004
Susan H. McDaniel Award for Excellence in Teaching | Family Therapy Training Program, Department of Psychiatry, URMC | Rochester, NY 2003 - 2004

Recent Journal Articles

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2011
Le Roux P, Podgorski C, Rosenberg T, Watson WH, McDaniel S. "Developing an outcome-based assessment for family therapy training: the Rochester Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (ROSCE)." Family process. 2011 50(4):544-60.
2010
Watson, W. H. & Langfitt, J. T. "Psychogenic non-epileptic attacks (PNEA) [Clinical Update Medical Series]." AAMFT Family Therapy Magazine. 2010; 9(5): 30-38.
2000
Watson, W. and McDaniel, S. "Relational therapy in medical settings: Working with somatizing patients and their families". Journal of Clinical Psychology/In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice. 2000; 56(8): 1037-1050.
1997
Watson, W. "Soul and system: The integrative possibilities of family therapy". Journal of Psychology and Theology. 1997; 25(1): 123-135.
1991
Watson, W. "The generic recursive epistobabble generator (G.R.E.G.)". Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Reprinted in the Journal of Irreproducible Results. 1991; 17(2): 187-188.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Psychiatry, Family/Marriage (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Neurology, Epilepsy (SMD)

Education

PhD | Psychology Clinical | Biola University1985
MA | Psychology Clinical | Biola University1979
BA | Psychology | Princeton University1975

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Family Therapy, Family and Marriage Clinic, Family Therapy Training Program, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, M. Duncan Stanton; Judith Landau Stanton 1987