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Gretchen   Watson PhD

Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences, Department of Clinical Foundations

Gretchen LeFever Watson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist whose research and intervention projects have received international scholarly and media attention. She has appeared on national TV and radio programs such as CNN, the PBS News Hour, and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show. Her research has been discussed in popular magazines across the U.S. and the U.K.

Dr. Watson was among the first to document drug overtreatment for ADHD in the U.S. and to demonstrate that disruptive conduct can be successfully reduced through school-wide behavioral interventions.

In addition to positions as a hospital psychologist, medical school faculty member, and university professor, Dr. Watson served as Director of Patient Safety and Performance Excellence for a large healthcare system. For ten years, she served as President of Safety and Leadership Solutions, a consulting firm for organizational safety and change management. In 2019, her book Your Patient Safety Survival Guide: How to Protect Yourself and Others from Medical Error was republished as a paperback (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

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