Gretchen Watson, PhD
Professor, Clinical and Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Watson, PhD, 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 and newspapers across the US and the UK.
Dr. Watson was among the first to document drug overtreatment for ADHD in the US 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 10 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).