Interim Associate Dean

Email: Jack.Watson@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-0873
Office Location: PAS 217
Office Hours: By appointment only
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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jack Watson is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University.  His teaching interests include Social Psychology of Sport, Performance Enhancement, and Sociology of Sport.  He continues to supervise doctoral students who are providing sport psychology services to athletes.  

Dr. Watson has been married for more than 20 years, is the father of three active children, and coaches numerous youth sports teams.


  • Licensed Psychologist, State of West Virginia, 2004-Present
  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 2000 - Present

Committees and Memberships

  • Past-President and Fellow, Association for Applied Sport Sport Psychology (AASP), 1996-Present
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, (APA), 2003-2016

Educational Background

  • Post-Doctoral Respecialization in Counseling Psychology, Florida State University, 2001
  • Ph.D., Sport Psychology, Florida State University
  • M.S., Sport Behavior, West Virginia University
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Virginia

Professional Highlights

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Past-President, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Fellow, Association for Applied Sport Psychology and American Psychological Association, Division 47
  • He has edited a book, written more than 75 articles and book chapters, and has given numerous presentations and keynote addresses
  • Listed on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry

Research Interests

  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Professional issues in sport psychology (Ethics, Supervision, Mentoring)
  • Youth sport
  • Violence and aggression
  • Motivation


  • CPASS Service Award, May 2017
  • Outstanding Research/Creativity Award, WVU CPASS, 2015
  • Outstanding Service Award, WVU CPASS, 2015