George and Frances Levin Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University of Denver

Field of Specialty

Developmental psychology, with expertise in social-cognitive development in children and adolescents, the development on symbolic processes in symbolic play and art, antecedents of aggression and bullying in children and adolescents, development of creativity

Contact Information


Mick Watson

My training is in developmental psychology, and my main research interest is in , developmental psychopathology, in particular the developmental pathways leading to aggression in children and adolescence and varying in different cultures. I am also interested in the development of creativity, especially as it develops in different cultures.


Hennessey, B.H., & Watson, M.W.. "A sampling of research approaches in developmental psychology." The world in prismatic view: Proceedings of the second interdisciplinary CHESS conference. 1st ed. Ed. C. Rangacharuyulu, E. Haven, & B.H.J. Juurlink. Singapore: World Scientific, 2014. 61-86.

Lee, Y., Malley-Morrison, K., Jang, M., & Watson, M.W.. "Hierarchies of child maltreatment types at different perceived severity levels in European Americans, Korean Americans, and Koreans." Children and Youth Services Review 46. 1 (2014): 220-229.

Burdzovic Andreas, J., & Watson, Malcolm W. "Moderating effects of family environment on the association between children's aggressive beliefs and their aggression trajectories from childhood to adolescence.." Development and Psychopathology 21. (2009): 189-205.

Smith, C.E., Fischer, K.W., & Watson, Malcolm W.. "Toward a refined view of aggressive fantasy as a risk factor for aggression: Interaction effects involving cognitive and situational variables.." Aggressive Behavior 35. (2009): 313-323.

Sheehan, M.J., & Watson, Malcolm W. "Reciprocal influences between maternal discipline techniques and aggression in children and adolescents.." Aggressive Behavior 34. (2008): 245-255.

Watson,Malcolm W., Burdzovic Andreas, J., Fischer, K.W., & Smith, K.W.. "Patterns of risk factors leading to victimization and aggression in children and adolescents." Child victimization: Maltreatment, bullying and dating violence, prevention and intervention. Ed. K.A. Kendall-Tackett & S.M. Giacomoni. Civic Research Institute, 2005. 12.1-12.23.

Watson,Malcolm W., Fischer, K.W., Burdzovic Andreas, J., & Smith, K.W.. "Pathways to aggression in children and adolescents." Harvard Educational Review 74. (2004): 404-430.

Watson, Malcolm W.. "Youth violence: Patterns and links.." Brandeis Review 2003: 22-25.

Theories of human development (Book and Video Course).. Author and Lecturer Watson, Malcolm W. The Teaching Company, 2002.

Watson, Malcolm W. and Boyatzis, C.J. (Eds.). Symbolic and Social Constraints on the Development of Children's Artistic Style. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Bernstein, J.Y. & Watson, M. W.. "Children who are targets of bullying: A victim pattern.." Journal of Interpersonal Violence 12. (1997): 483-498.

Courses Taught

PSYC 131a Child Development across Cultures