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, which named him the 2009 Family Psychologist of the Year.

He is an American Group Psychotherapy Association-Certified Group Psychotherapist, has 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, the emotional development of healthcare providers, and spirituality in psychotherapy.

Current Appointments

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


PhD | Clinical Psychology | Biola University1985
MA | Clinical Psychology | 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