Faculty & Staff
Dennis P. Watson, PhD
Dr. Watson’s research and teaching interests include mental health, high risk populations and health behaviors, evaluation of health care programs and interventions, and community engaged research methods.
- PhD, Sociology, Loyola University Chicago, 2011
- M.A., Sociology, Loyola University Chicago, 2005
- B.S., Sociology & Psychology, Bradley University, 2002
Graduate Research Fellow, Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago, 2007-2008.
Mayoral Fellow, Office of the Mayor, City of Chicago, May 2008-Aug 2008.
Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago, 2008-2011.
Major Fields of Expertise
- Mental Health & Illness
- Homelessness & Housing
- Mental Health and Social Service Systems
- Evaluation and Implementation Research
Watson, D. P. (forthcoming). From structural chaos to a model of consumer support: Understanding the roles of structure and agency in mental health recovery for the formerly homeless. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice.
Watson, D. P. (2010). The mental health of the older homeless: Provider recognized issues related to service provision. Journal of Applied Social Science, 4, 27-43.
George, C., Krogh, M., Watson, D., Wittner, J., Radner, N., Walker, C., & Wiens, C. (2009). Homeless over 50: The graying of Chicago’s homeless population (policy report). CES4Health.info (http://www.ces4health.info/find-products/view-product.aspx?code=5F3YT5CT).
Watson, D. P. (2009). Community-based research: A lesson in humility. In D. Streiner and S. Sidani (Eds.), When research studies go off the rails: Why it happened and what you can do about it. New York: Guilford Press.
Watson, D. P., George, C., & Walker, C. (2008). Falling through the cracks: Health care needs of the older homeless population and their implications. In J. Kronenfeld (Ed.), Research in the sociology of health care (Vol. 26, pp. 187-204). UK: Emerald.
Awards and Recognition
- Winning paper, Society for the Study of Social Problems Mental Health Division’s Graduate Student Paper Competition, 2011
- President’s Medallion, competitively awarded to one student nominee from each school within the University for excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, Loyola University Chicago, 2010
- Honorable mention of paper, Society for the Study of Social Problems Mental Health Division’s Graduate Student Paper Competition, 2009
- Peter Whalley Award for Outstanding Graduate Scholarship, Recognizing Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service, Department of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago, 2009