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Kelly H. Watson

Research Associate

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

Vreeland, A., Ebert, J.S., Kuhn, T.M., Gracey, K.A., Shaffer, A.M., Watson, K., ... & Compas, B. E. (2020). Predictors of placement disruptions in foster care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 99.

Vreeland, A., Bettis, A., Reising, M., Dunbar, J., Watson, K.H., Gruhn, M. & Compas, B.E. (2019). Coping and stress reactivity as moderators of maternal depressive symptoms and youth internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48, 1580-1591.

Vreeland, A., Gruhn, M., Watson, K.H., Bettis, A., Forehand, R. L., Sullivan, A.D., & Compas, B.E. (2019).Parenting in context: Associations of parental depression and socioeconomic factors with parenting behaviors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28, 1124-1133.

Henry, L., Forehand, R., Watson, K.H., Gruhn, M., Bettis, A.H., McKee, L., Compas, B.E. (2018). Parental depressive symptoms and parenting: Associations with children’s coping in families ofdepressed parents. Parenting: Science and  Practice, 18(4), 281-296.

Compas, B. E., Jaser, S.S., Bettis, A. H., Watson, K. H., Gruhn, M. A., Dunbar, J. P., Williams, E. K., & Thigpen, J. C. (2017). Coping, emotion regulation, and psychopathology in childhood and adolescence: A meta-analysis and narrative review. Psychological Bulletin, 143, 939-991.

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. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 2016-2025

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. Child Neuropsychology, 28, 1-19.

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. 



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