Chair of Department of Sport Sciences

Email: Jack.Watson@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-0873
Office Location: PAS 217
Office Hours: Monday: 11:00a.m.–12:30 p.m. Tuesday: 9:00–10:00 a.m. Thursday: 3:30–5:00 p.m. or by appointment
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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jack Watson completed his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1992, where he competed as a member of the university golf team. He completed his M.S. in Sport Behavior from West Virginia University in 1994, his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Florida State Universityin 1998, and his post-doctoral respecialization from the APA-approved joint program in Counseling and School Psychology at Florida State University in 2001. After completing his coursework, Watson completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at West Virginia University.Watson is a licensed psychologist in the State of West Virginia, holds the CC-AASP designation from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and is listed on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. Watson has a great deal of experience in applied sport psychology and the provision of supervision in applied sport psychology. Among many other forms of professional service, Watson has served as the President of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, as well as the Program Chair and Member-at-Large for the American Psychological Association’s Division 47. Through his involvement in the profession of sport and exercise psychology, Watson has served on journal editorial boards and as an article and abstract reviewer for several different journals and conferences. Watson has also been greatly involved in the process of modifying the certification structure within the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Watson has published more than 45 journal articles and 25 book chapters, he has given more than 20 invited professional presentations and 105 conference presentations. His research includes quantitative, qualitative, andmixed-method studies in the areas of professional development in sport psychology, motivation, stress and anxiety, youth sport, and anger/violence in sport. His primary line of research is in the area of ethics in sport psychology. This research is generally focused on the ethical issues that are specific to the practice of sport psychology within the confines of an athletic department. However, other research foci within the realm of professional development in sport psychology include applied supervision and mentoring. In his free time, Watson enjoys to play golf, and coach baseball and basketball.

Professional Highlights

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Past-President, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Fellow, Association for Applied sport Psychology and American Psychological Association, Divison 47

Research Interests

  • Professional Issues in sport psychology (ethics, supervision, mentoring), motivation, stress and anxiety, youth sport, and anger/violence in sport