Phone: (312) 996-0039
Room: 4242 ETMSW
BA, Criminal Justice, Aurora University
AM, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Chicago
Mental Health Policy
Interface of the criminal justice and mental health systems
Mental illness stigma and treatment participation
SocW 554 Policy II: Mental Health Policy
SocW 557 Social Work with Military Services Members
Testing a systems level intervention to improve police response to persons with mental illness: CIT in Chicago (NIMH)
Police, Procedural Justice & Persons with Mental Illness(NIMH)
Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Re-Entry Evaluation ( Chicago Community Trust)
Police Officer Response to Emotionally Disturbed Person Calls ( Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research)
Watson, A.C., Compton, M.T., Draine, J.N. (2017). The crisis intervention team (CIT) model: An evidence-based policing practice? Behavioral Sciences and the Law. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2304.
Watson AC, Angell B, Morabito MS, & Robinson N.(2008)Defying negative expectations: Dimensions of fair and respectful treatment by police officers as perceived by people with mental illness. Administration & Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Services Research. 35, 449-457.
Watson AC Morabito MS, Draine J, Ottati V. (2008) Improving police response to persons with mental illness: A multi-level conceptualization of CIT. International Journal of Law & Psychiatry. 31, 359-368.
Watson AC, Kelly B & Vidalon T (2009). Examining the meaning attached to mental illness and mental health services among justice system involved youth and their parents. Qualitative Health Research, 19 (8) 1087-1099.
Watson, A.C, Ottati, V.C., Morabito, M., Draine, J., Kerr, A.N., Angell,B. (2010). Outcomes of police contacts with persons with mental illness: The impact of CIT. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Vol 37 (4) p302-317. DOI10.107/s10488-009-0236-9.
Watson, AC, Angell, B, Vidalon, T, Davis, K (2010) Measuring Perceived Procedural Justice and Coercion among Persons with Mental Illness in Police Encounters: The Police Contact Experience Scale. Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 2, 206-226.
Watson, AC (2010) Research in the real world: Studying Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. Research on Social Work Practice. 20 536-543.
Morabito, MS, Kerr, AN, Watson, AC, Draine, J, Angell, B (in press). Crisis Intervention Teams and People with Mental Illness: Exploring the Factors that Influence the Use of Force. Crime & Delinquency.
Kerr, AN, Morabito, MS & Watson, AC (2010). Police encounters, mental illness and injury: An Exploratory study. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations 10 (1-2) 116-132.
Canada, K, Angell, B & Watson. AC (2010). Crisis Intervention Teams in Chicago: Successes on the ground. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations. 10 (1-2) 86-100.
Compton, M.T., Broussard, B., Hankerson-Dyson, D., Krishan, S., Steward, T., Oliva, J.R., & Watson, AC (2010). System- and Policy-Level Challenges to Full Implementation of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Model. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations. 10 (1-2) 72-85.
Lurigio, A & Watson, AC (2010). The Police and people with mental illness: New Approaches to a longstanding problem. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations. 10 (1-2) 3-14.
Watson, A.C., Ottati, V.C., Draine, J.N., Morabito, M. (in press) CIT in context: The Impact of mental health resource availability and district saturation on call outcomes. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2011.07.008
Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research
American Society of Criminology
Criminal Justice/Mental Health Committee, DuPage County
Dr. Watson was a probation officer in DuPage County for five years, working primarily with probation clients with mental illness. She also has several years experience as a forensic social worker conducting mitigation investigations for death penalty cases.