Research Interests

Behavioral health, health disparities, homelessness, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, qualitative and mixed methods

Courses Taught

  • H315 High Risk Behavior and Harm Reduction
  • H783 Qualitative Methods in Health Service Research
  • H658 Health Policy and Program Evaluation

Current Projects

  • Evaluation of Project POINT (Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone, and Treatment) (Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation), Role: Lead Evaluator
  • Developing SUPPORT, a community-driven, recovery-oriented system of care (National Institute on Drug Abuse), Role: Principal Investigator
  • Prescription drug overdose prevention for states (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana State Department of Health), Role: Lead Evaluator
  • 2015 Indiana Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction), Role, Lead Evaluator
  • 2015 Indiana mediation assisted treatment-prescription drug and opioid addiction (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction), Role: Lead Evaluator
  • Evaluation of school-based health clinics in Marion County (Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation), Role: Lead
  • Pilot testing of an e-learning strategy for Housing First implementation (National Institute on Drug Abuse), Role, Principle Investigator

Selected Publications

Ray, B., Quinet, K., Dickinson, T., Watson, D. P., & Ballew, A. (2017). Examining fatal overdose in Marion County, Indiana. Journal of Urban Health, 94(2), 301-310. (PMID:28127666)

Watson, D. P., & Rollins, A. (2015). The meaning of recovery from co-occurring disorder: Views from consumers and staff members living and working in Housing First programming. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13(5), 635-649. (PMC4570491)

Watson, D. P., Young, J., Ahonen, E., Xu, H., bHenderson, M., cShuman, V., & cTolliver, R. (2014). Development and testing of an implementation strategy for a complex housing intervention: Protocol for a mixed methods study. Implementation Science, 9(1), 138. (PMC4201917)

Watson, D. P., Orwat, J., Wagner, D., cShuman, V., & cTolliver, R. (2013). The Housing First Model (HFM) Fidelity Index: Designing and testing a tool for measuring integrity of housing programs that serve active substance users. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 8(1), 16. (PMC3655861)

Watson, D. P., Wagner, D. E., & Rivers, M. (2013). Understanding the critical elements for facilitating consumer change in Housing First programming: A case study approach. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 40, 169-179. (PMC3642235)

Watson, D. P. (2012). The evolving understanding of recovery: What the sociology of mental health has to offer.  Humanity and Society, 36, 290-308. (PMC3592967)