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Christopher Watson

Research Associate; Co-Director, Center for Early Education & Development (CEED)

Center for Early Education & Development
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Christopher Watson, Ph.D., IMH-E®(IV), is Co-Director of the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Most recently he has focused on professional development, particularly reflective supervision, to support practitioners working with young children and their families. Dr. Watson was director of the Minnesota Infant Mental Health Project and conducted the Minnesota Infant Mental Health Feasibility Study, interagency initiatives funded by the State Departments of Education, Health and Human Services. Dr. Watson holds Level 4 Endorsement in Infant Mental Health (IMH-E®[IV]) from the Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and is a certified Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) trainer. He has co-written training-of-trainer curricula, including PITC as a Curriculum, Talking Reasonably and Responsibly About Brain Development and Violence Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood. In addition, he has developed face-to-face online training courses for early childhood professionals, including Supporting Stressed Young Children Through Relationship-Based Teaching and Bridging Education and Mental Health (BEAM). The BEAM training and coaching framework combines behavioral and therapeutic approaches to addressing early childhood social-emotional development, mental health and challenging behaviors. Dr. Watson and Martha Farrel Erickson, Ph.D. co-founded the interdisciplinary, post-baccalaureate Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his work at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Watson was director of the California Education Innovation Institute, a statewide training program for educators and administrators based at California State University Sacramento.

Selected Publications

  1. Watson, C. Shelley Neilsen Gatti, S., Cox, M., Harrison, M., & Hennes, J. (2014). Reflective supervision and its impact on early childhood intervention. Early Childhood and Special Education; Advances in Early Education and Day Care, 18, 1-26. 10.1108/S0270-402120140000018001

  2. Watson, C., & Neilsen Gatti, S. (2012). Professional development through reflective consultation in early intervention. Infants & Young Children, 25, 109-121.

  3. Watson, C. & Neilsen-Gatti, S. (in process). Providing Reflective Supervision for an Urban Early Intervention Education Team: Bridging Education and Mental Health.

  4. Neilsen-Gatti, S., Watson, C. & Siegel, C. (2011). Step back and consider: Learning from reflective practice in infant mental health, Young Exceptional Children, 14 (2), 32-45.

  5. Erickson, M. F. & Watson, C. L. (2007). Investing in young children’s mental health: Promoting school- and life-readiness. Cadigan, K. (Ed.) Early Report, Spring, pp. 1-4, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota.

  6. Watson, C. (2007). CEED’s infant and early childhood mental health certificate program. Cadigan, K. (Ed.) Early Report, Spring, pp. 17-19, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota. 

  7. Watson, C. & Lee, E. (2007). Project exceptional training Phase III: Evaluation of childcare provider attitudes, perceptions and behaviors, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota.

  8. Watson, C., Lily, L., Goldsmith, S., &  Kern, K. (2004). Violence Prevention & Intervention in Early Childhood: A Manual for Trainers. 

  9. McEvoy, M., Watson, C., Nienow, M., Pratt, A., & Diamond, C. (2003). Transitions Planning in Minnesota: Improving data collection methods related to transition planning for children birth through kindergarten entrance. Conducted for Minnesota Department of Education.

  10. McEvoy, M., Watson, C., Pratt, A., Nienow, M., & Diamond, C. (2003). Child Find in Minnesota: Improving Child Find Outcomes with Culturally, Linguistically and Racially Diverse Children and Families—IDEA-Part C (early intervention for children birth to age 3). Conducted for Minnesota Department of Education.

  11. Watson, C., Nienow, M., Pratt, A., & Diamond, C. (2003). Project Exceptional Training Phase II: Evaluation of Childcare Provider Attitudes, Perceptions and Behaviors. Conducted for Concordia University, Minnesota Department of Human Services and Minnesota Department of Education.

Selected Presentations

  1. Johnson, L., & Watson, C. (2014, March 25). Statewide scale-up of the pyramid for social emotional development: Impact, implementation, and issues. Poster presentation for the College of Education and Human Development Research Day, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

     

  2. Watson, C., Storm, K., Bailey, A. (2014, March 25). Building infrastructure capacity for reflective practice: Process and impact studies. Poster presentation for the College of Education and Human Development Research Day, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

  3. Johnson, L., & Watson, C. (2014, February 20-22). Statewide scale-up of the pyramid for social emotional development: Impact, implementation, and issues. Poster presented at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California.

  4. Watson, C., Stout, K., & Bailey, A. (2014, January 29). Building infrastructure capacity for reflective practice: An impact study.  Poster presented at the Fourth National Summit on Quality In Home Visiting Programs, Washington, D.C.

  5. Watson, C., Strum, L., Tomlin, A., & Gallen, R. (2013, December 12). Emerging research on reflective supervision: Defining its essential elements and demonstrating its impact. Presentation at Zero to Three's 28th National Training Institute, San Antonio, TX.

  6. Watson, C., & Hennes, J. (2013, December 10). Introduction of the Reflective Interaction Observation Scale (RIOS): An initial investigation of its functionality, comprehensiveness and validity. Presentation at the annual League of States Retreat, San Antonio, TX.

  7. Watson, C., Neilsen Gatti, S., Harrison, M., & Cox, M. (2013, October 17). Supporting early interventionists through reflective consultation. Poster presentation at the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) International Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  8. Johnson, L., Watson, C., & Krick Oborn, K. (2013, October 17). Statewide scale-up of the pyramid for social emotional development: Impact and implementation. Paper presentation at the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) International Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  9. Watson, C., & Harrison, M. (2013, April 29). Supporting early interventionists from multiple disciplines through reflective consultation. Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health—Child and Adolescent Health Conference, Duluth, Minnesota.

  10. Mavis, A., Johnson, D., Thurlow, M., Nord, D., & Watson, C. (2012, October). Rigor, interpersonal skills, and systems change: Perspectives gained in evaluations of programs and systems serving people with disabilities. Presented at American Evaluation Association (AEA) in Minneapolis, MN.

  11. Johnson, L., Watson, C., Bedor, M., & Krick Oborn, K. (2012, October). Statewide scale-up of the pyramid for social emotional development: Successes and lessons. Paper presented at the meeting of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC), Minneapolis, MN.

  12. Cox, M., Watson, C., & Pandit, S. (2012, June). Shared leadership: Key ingredients for a successful cross-sector partnership. Presented at the 2012 NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

  13. Neilsen Gatti, S., Watson, C., & Cox, M. (2012, February). Reflective consultation as an ongoing, embedded professional development model.  Poster presenter at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Childhood. San Diego, CA.

  14. Watson, C., Johnson, L., & Krick Oborn, K. (2012, February). Evaluating implementation of a tiered intervention model for social emotional development relative to professional development: A preliminary analysis. Poster presented at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Childhood, San Diego, CA.

  15. Cox, M., & Watson, C. (2011, November 18). Poster presentation: Regional, Specialized, Professional Development Systems: Using Data to Expand Resources. Presented at the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) 27th Annual International Conference on Young Children With Special Needs & Their Families. National Harbor, MD.

  16. Neilsen Gatti, S., & Watson, C. (2011, November 18). Transformative Professional Development Tool in Infant Mental Health: Reflective Practice. Presented at the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) 27th Annual International Conference on Young Children With Special Needs & Their Families. National Harbor, MD.

  17. Cox, M., Watson, C., Kipnis, F. & Wat, A. (2011, June 13). Promoting comprehensive data systems: National and state models for integrated workforce development. Presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, Providence, RI.

  18. Watson, C. (2011, April 11). Deepening Our Knowledge and Sills in Family-Centered Services. Presented at the Strengthening Families Institute, Indianapolis, IN.

  19. Watson, C. (2011, April 11). Self-regulation: Building a Foundation of Emotional Literacy. Presented at the Strengthening Families Institute, Indianapolis, IN.

  20. Watson, C.,  & Menninga, E. (2010, September 16). Babies and Toddlers Too! Presented at the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Minneapolis, MN.

  21. Watson, C., & Hawley, V. (2010, April 19). Self-regulation: Building a Foundation of Emotional Literacy. Presented at the Institute for Strengthening Families in Indianapolis, Indiana.

  22. Watson, C., & Hawley, V. (2010, April 19). Self-regulation: Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Infants and Toddlers (15 pages). Presented at the Institute for Strengthening Families in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

  23. Watson, C., & Neilsen-Gatti, S. (2010, February 25-27). Reflective Supervision in Part C. A poster presentation to the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI). San Diego, CA. 

  24. Watson, C. (2008, August 28). Moving Teachers Along the Professional Development...Coaching that Connects Assessment to Practice. Presented in St. Cloud, MN.

  25. Watson, C., & Hawley, V. (2006, June 4-7). Moving Teachers Along the Professional Development Road...Two Coaching Models Connect Assessment to Practice in Child Care and Head Start (10 pages). National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 15th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, San Antonio, TX.

  26. Watson, C. (2005, October). Bridging Education and Mental Health in Early Childhood (10 pages). Presented at the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) International Conference, Portland, Oregon.

  27. Watson, C. (2004, May 11). Head and Heart: Supporting the Mental Health of Young Children (11 pages). Presented at the Minnesota Head Start Conference, St. Cloud, MN.

  28. Watson, C. (2005, March 16). Introduction to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (11 pages). Presented at the Early Childhood Special Education class, Barbara Wolfe, Ph.d., University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.

  29. Watson, C. (2005, February 16). Head & Heart: Social-Emotional Development and Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (11 pages). Presented in Buffalo, MN.

  30. Watson, C. (2005, March 5). Introduction to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (17 pages). Presented at PACER, Bloomington, MN.


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