Natasha Watkins, PhD
Positive youth development, community-based youth programs, service learning, civic engagement, intergroup relations
I completed my graduate training in clinical-community psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research and teaching are guided by a broad interest in understanding and improving the capacity of social settings to promote positive youth development. Specifically, my work has examined how participation in organized, community-based programs fosters ethnic minority youths' civic engagement and intergroup understanding. I also am interested in the relationship between college students' social development and participation in service learning courses and residential learning communities.
Gordon, D. M., Watkins, N. D., Walling, S., Wilhelm, S., & Rayford, B. S. (2011). Adolescent fathers involved with child protection: Social workers speak! Child Welfare, 90(5), 95-114.
Gordon, D. M., Iwamoto, D., Watkins, N. D., Kershaw, T., Mason, D., & Judkins, A. (2011). Promoting responsible fatherhood programming: Factors affecting low-income fathers' involvement in child protection services and court-restricted access to their children. Journal of Poverty, 15(2), 184-205.
Watkins, N., & Aber, M. (2009). Exploring the relationships between race, class, and middle school students' perceptions of school racial climate. Equity and Excellence in Education, 42(4), 395-411.
Watkins, N., Larson, R., & Sullivan, P. (2007). Bridging intergroup differences in a community youth program. American Behavioral Scientist, 51(3), 380-402.
Jarrett, R., Sullivan, P., & Watkins, N. (2005). Developing social capital through participation in organized youth programs: Qualitative insights from three programs. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(1), 1-15.
Rynczak, D., Hidalgo, B., Lim, N., Watkins, N., & Barr, S. (2005). Teaching service learning courses: Graduate students share what they learn from teaching. The Community Psychologist, 38(5).
Larson, R., Jarrett, R., Hansen, D., Pearce, N., Sullivan, P., Walker, K., Watkins, N., & Wood, D. (2004). Organized youth activities as contexts for positive development. In A. Linley & S. Joseph (Eds.), Positive psychology in practice: From research to application. New York: Wiley.
- 2009-2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- 2009, PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
- 2008-2009 Predoctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology, The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
- 2000 BA, Psychology, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Courses Recently Taught
- HDFS 301: Diversity in Individual and Family Life
- HDFS 343: Assessment and Case Management