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Kelly Haker Watson

Research Associate
Research Area: Clinical Science

coping, emotion regulation, socialization, temperament, executive function, parenting

Broadly, my research is focused on identifying and understanding factors that contribute to the development of individual differences in how children and adolescents regulate their emotions and cope with stress.  

Representative Publications

Journal Articles

Watson, K.H., Bettis, A.H., Dunbar, J.P., Reising, M.M., Gruhn, M.A., & Compas, B.E. (2017). Mother and child reports of children’s coping with stress: Correspondence, discrepancy, and correlates. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Monti, J., Winning, A.M., Watson, K.H., Williams, E.K., Gerhardt, G.A., Compas, B.E., & Vannatta, K. (2017). Maternal and paternal influences on children's coping with child-related stress. Manuscript submitted for publication. 

Compas, B. E., Jaser, S.S., Bettis, A. H., Watson, K. H., Gruhn, M. A., Dunbar, J. P., Williams, E. K., & Thigpen, J. C. (2016). Coping, emotion regulation, and psychopathology in childhood and adolescence: A meta-analysis and narrative review. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Reising, M.M., Bettis, A.H., Dunbar, J.P., Watson, K.H., Gruhn, M.A., & Compas, B.E. (2016). Stress, coping, executive function, and brain activation in adolescent offspring of depressed and non-depressed mothers. Manuscript submitted for publication. 

Fraley, C., Thigpen, J., Pearson, M., Desjardins, L., Robinson, K., Dunbar, J., Watson, K.H., Bettis, A., ... Compas, B. E. (2016). Predictors of intellectual function in pediatric brain tumor patients: Pre-surgery through 24-month follow up. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Bettis, A., Forehand, R., McKee, L., Dunbar, J. P., Watson, K. H., & Compas, B. E. (2016). Testing specificity: Associations of stress and coping with symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(30, 939-948.

Gruhn, M., Dunbar, J., Watson, K.H., Reising, M., McKee, L., Forehand, R., Cole, D., & Compas, B.E. (2016). Testing specificity in the association between parenting and child internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 309-319. 

Compas, B., Forehand, R., Thigpen, J., Hardcastle, E., Garai, E., McKee, L., Keller, G., Dunbar, J., Watson, K.H., Rakow, A., Bettis, A., Reising, M., Cole, D., & Sterba, S. (2015). Efficacy and moderators of a family group cognitive-behavioral preventive intervention for children of depressed parents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 541-553. 

Watson, K.H., Dunbar, J.P., Thigpen, J.C., Reising, M.M., Hudson, K., McKee, L., Forehand, R., & Compas, B.E. (2014). Observed parental responsiveness/warmth and children's coping: Cross-sectional and prospective relations in a family depression preventive intervention. Journal of Family Psychology.

Compas, B.E., Jaser, S.S., Dunbar, J.P., Watson, K.H., Bettis, A.H., Gruhn, M.A., & Williams, E.K. (2014). Coping and emotion regulation from childhood to early adulthood: Points of convergence and divergence. Australian Journal of Psychology.

McKee, L. G., Parent, J., Forehand, R., Rakow, A., Watson, K. H., Dunbar, J. P., Reising, M.M., Hardcastle, E. & Compas, B. E. (2014). Reducing youth internalizing symptoms: Effects of a preventive intervention on parental guilt induction and youth cognitive style.  Development and Psychopathology.

Parent, J., Forehand, R., Dunbar, J.E.P., Watson, K.H., Reising, M.M., Seehus, M., & Compas, B.E. (2014. Parent and Adolescent Reports of Parenting When a Parent Has a History of Depression: Associations with Direct Observations of Parenting. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Dunbar, J.P., McKee, L., Rakow, A., Watson, K.H., Forehand, R., & Compas, B.E. (2013). Coping, negative cognitive style and depressive symptoms in children of depressed parents. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37(1), 18-28.

Watson, K.H., Potts, J.E., Hardcastle, E., Forehand, R., & Compas, B.E. (2012). Gender differences in internalizing and externalizing symptoms in children of mothers with a history of depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21(4), 657-666.

Reising, M.M., Watson, K.H., Hardcastle, E.J., Merchant, M.J., Roberts, L., Forehand. R., & Compas, B.E. (2012). Parental depression and economic disadvantage: The role of parenting in associations with internalizing and externalizing symptoms in children and adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 335-343.

Andreotti, C., Thigpen, J., Dunn, M.J., Watson, K.H., Potts, J., Reising, M.M., Robinson, K.E., Rodriguez, E.M., Roubinov, D., Luecken, L., Compas, B.E. (2011). Cognitive Reappraisal and Secondary Control Coping: Associations with Working Memory, Positive and Negative Affect, and Symptoms of Anxiety/Depression. Journal of Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 26(1), 20-35.

Compas, B.E., Forehand, R., Thigpen, J.C., Keller, G., Hardcastle, E.J., Cole, D.A., Potts, J., Haker, K., Rakow, A., Colletti, C., Reeslund, K., Fear, J., Garai, E., McKee, L., Merchant, M.J., & Roberts, L. (2011). Family group cognitive-behavioral preventive intervention for families of depressed parents: 18- and 24-month outcomes. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology.

Rakow, A., Forehand, R., Haker, K., McKee, L. G., Champion, J. E., Potts, J., Hardcastle, E., Roberts, L., & Compas, B. E. (2011). Use of parental guilt induction among depressed parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(1), 147-151.

Parent, J., Garai, E., Forehand, R., Roland, E., Potts, J., Haker, K., Champion, J.E. & Compas, B.E. (2010). Parent mindfulness and child outcome: The roles of parent depressive symptoms and parenting. Mindfulness, 1(4), 254-264

Colletti, C., Forehand, R., Garai, E., McKee, L., Potts, J., Haker, K., Champion, J., & Compas, B.E. (2010). Associations of parent-child anxious and depressive symptoms when a caregiver has a history of depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 762-770.

Book Chapters

Compas, B. E., Murphy, L. K., Yarboi, J., Gruhn, M. A., Watson, K.H. (invited chapter in press). Stress and coping in families: Context for challenges and opportunities. Handbook of Family Psychology.

Compas, B.E., Watson, K.H., Reising, M., & Dunbar, J. (2014). Stress and Coping: Transdiagnostic Processes in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. In J. Ehrenreich-May & B. Chu (Eds.), Transdiagnostic Mechanisms and Treatment Approaches of Youth Psychopathology. Guilford Publications. 

Conference Presentations 

Watson, K.H., Thigpen, J.C., Potts, J.E., Forehand, R., & Compas, B.E. (2012, March). Observed Parenting and Child Coping: Cross-Sectional and Prospective Relations in Families with a History of Parental Depression, Society for Research in Adolescence, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Conference Posters

Watson, K.H., Williams, E.K., Dunn, M.J., Rodriguez, E., Gerhardt, C., Vannatta, K., & Compas, B.E. (2013, November). The interpersonal correlates of coping: Gender differences in relations between coping and distress in children with cancer and their mothers. To be presented at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Watson, K.H., Dunbar, J.E.P., Simon, H.F., Hardcastle, E.J., & Compas, B.E. (2013, April). Socialization of Coping: Correlates of Maternal Coping Coaching in Families With and Without a History of Depression. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Haker, K., Garai, E., Roberts, L., Fear, J., Potts, J., Colletti, C., Forehand, R., & Compas, B.E. (2011, April). Parenting and Children's Emotional and Behavioral Problems: Patterns of Symptom-Specific Risk in Offspring of Depressed Parents. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Haker, K., Potts, J., Garai, E., Forehand, R., & Compas, B.E. (2010 November). Amplification vs. Equalization: Gender Differences in Internalizing Vs. Externalizing Symptoms in Offspring of Depressed Mothers. Poster session presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA. 



Susan Gray Departmental Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing (2014)