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William H. Watson, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-0322

Fax: (585) 271-7706

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Biography

Professional Background

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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1975
BA | Princeton University
Psychology

1979
MA | Biola University
Clinical Psychology

1985
PhD | Biola University
Clinical Psychology

Awards

2016
Otto Thaler Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Residency Education in Psychotherapy
Sponsor: presented by the 2016 Psychiatry Residency Class

2013
Otto Thaler Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Residency Education
Sponsor: presented by Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

2009
Family Psychologist of the Year
Sponsor: American Psychological Association

2008 - Present
Fellow
Sponsor: Society of Family Psychology,
Location: American Psychological Association

2008 - 2009
Susan H. McDaniel Award for Excellence in Teaching
Location: Rochester, NY

2008
Sidney Rubin Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Residency Education
Sponsor: presented by the 2008 Psychiatry Residency Class
Location: Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center

2007
Distinguished Service to Family Psychology Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology

2007
Rita P. Underberg, Ph.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the URMC Psychology Training Program
Sponsor: URMC Dept of Psychiatry/Genesee Valley Psychological Association
Location: Rochester, NY

2005
Distinguished Service Award
Sponsor: American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology

2004
Otto Thaler Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Residency Education
Sponsor: presented by the 2004 Psychiatry Residency Class
Location: Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center

2003 - 2004
Susan H. McDaniel Award for Excellence in Teaching
Sponsor: Family Therapy Training Program, Department of Psychiatry, URMC
Location: Rochester, NY

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Publications

Journal Articles

12/2011
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 Dec 0; 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.

Books & Chapters

2015
Chapter Title: Evaluation and management of psychogenic nonepileptic attacks
Book Title: Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy
Author List: Langfitt, J. T. and Watson, W. H
Edited By: In W.B. Barr & C. Morrison
Published By: Springer2015 in New York

2012
Chapter Title: Families Systems
Book Title: The Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
Author List: Watson, W
Edited By: V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.)
Published By: Academic Press2012 in Burlington, MA

2005
Chapter Title: Managing emotional reactivity in couples facing illness: Smoothing out the emotional roller coaster
Book Title: Handbook of couples therapy
Author List: Watson, W. and McDaniel, S.
Edited By: In M. Harway
Published By: John Wiley & Sons2005 in New York

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