Ryan J. Watson

Assistant Professor


CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 2015-2016
Ph.D., Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona, 2014
M.S., Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona, 2012
B.A., Psychology, Political Science, UCLA, 2009

 

Professional Interests

  • Sexual/Gender Minority Youth and Young Adult Health
  • Family Acceptance and Rejection
  • Intersections of Family, School, and Sexuality
  • Hooking Up and Sexual Health
  • Mixed-methodologies

 

Recent Publications

Fish, J., Watson, R.J., Russell, S.T., & Saewyc, E. (in press). Are alcohol-related disparities between sexual minority and heterosexual youth decreasing? Addiction. doi:10.1111/add.13896 

Doull, M., Watson, R.J., Smith, A., Homma, Y., & Saewyc, E. (in press). Are we leveling the playing field? Trends in sports participation among sexual minority youth. Journal of Sports and Health Science, Early Online View, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2016.10.006

Watson, R.J., Grossman, A.H., & Russell, S.T. (in press). Sources of social support and mental health among LGB youth. Youth & Society, Early Online View, 1-19. doi:10.1177/0044118X16660110

Watson, R.J., & Christensen, J. (2017). Big data and student engagement among vulnerable youth: A review. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 18, 23-27. doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.07.007

Mehus, C., Watson, R.J., Porta, C., & Eisenberg, M. (2017). Living as an LGBTQ adolescent and a parent’s child. Journal of Family Nursing, 23(2), 175-200. doi:10.1177/1074840717696924

Watson, R.J., Veale, J., & Saewyc, E. (2017). Disordered eating among transgender youth: Probability profiles from risk and protective factors. International Journal of Eating Disorders,50(5), 512-522. doi:10.1002/eat.22627

Peter, T., Edkins, T., Watson, R.J., Adjei, J., Homma, Y., & Saewyc, E. (2017). Trends in suicidality among sexual minority and heterosexual students in a Canadian population-based cohort study. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4(1), 115-123. doi:10.1037/sgd0000211

Watson, R.J., Adjei, J., Saewyc, E, Homma, Y., & Goodenow, C. (2017). Trends and disparities in disordered eating among heterosexual and sexual minority adolescents. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50(1), 22-31.doi:10.1002/eat.22576

Veale, J., Watson, R.J., Peter, T., & Saewyc, E. (2017). Mental health disparities among Canadian transgender youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(1), 44-49. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.09.014

 

Recent Presentations

Watson, R.J. (November, 2017). Sexual and romantic relationships for sexual minority emerging adults. Invited pre-conference panel member at the annual Emerging Adulthood conference, Washington DC.

Russell, B., Gordon, M., & Watson, R.J. (November, 2017). Associations between adolescent depression and public health concerns in early adulthood: Family influences for sexual minority youth. Poster accepted to the National Council of Family Relations, Orlando, FL.

Watson, R.J. (October, 2017). Better understanding transgender health: Multi-method and cross-national investigations into well-being and protective factors. Symposium (chair) accepted to the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health biennial conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Watson, R.J., Veale, J.F., & Saewyc, E. (October, 2017). Protective factors and disordered eating in a national sample of transgender youth. Paper accepted to the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health biennial conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Watson, R.J. (April, 2017). An international examination of bullying based on sexual orientation and gender in school: Economics, consequences, and solutions. Symposium discussant at the biennial meeting of the Society of Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Mehus, C., Watson, R.J., Eisenberg, M., Corliss, H., & Porta C. (November, 2016). Living as an LGBTQ adolescent and a parent’s child: Examining degrees of overlap. Paper accepted to present at the National Council of Family Relations, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Watson, R.J., Goodenow, C., Adjei, J., & Saewyc, E. (September, 2016). School bullying among sexual minority youth in Massachusetts. Paper accepted to present at the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Cádiz, Spain.

*Shahin, Y., & Watson, R.J. (March, 2016). Hookup initiation among lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults and associated outcomes. Mentored student poster presented at Making Waves in Psychology, Victoria, BC.

Watson, R.J, Adjei, J., & Saewyc, E. (March, 2016). Trends in school experiences are linked to the presence and length of gay-straight alliance networks. Symposium chair and paper presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Watson, R.J, Adjei, J., & Saewyc, E. (March, 2016). There are widening disparities in disordered eating for sexual minorities. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Adjei, J., Watson, R.J, & Saewyc, E. (March, 2016). Sexual health behaviors among sexual minority and heterosexual youth. Paper at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Goodenow, C., Watson, R.J, & Saewyc, E. (March, 2016). Suicide-related ideation and behaviors among sexual minority and heterosexual youth. Paper at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

Watson, R.J., Saewyc, E., Adjei, J., & Rose, H. (November, 2015). Changes in family and parent relations for sexual minority adolescents in British Columbia since 1998: A trend analysis. Paper presented at the biannual meeting of the National Council of Family Relations, Vancouver, Canada.

 

Ryan J. Watson
Contact Information
Emailryan.j.watson@uconn.edu
Phone860-486-1659
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Rd U1058 Storrs, CT, 06269
Office LocationFSB 335