- Mental Health Policy
- Interface of the criminal justice and mental health systems
- Mental illness stigma and treatment participation
- "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)
- Mental Health Policy
- Social Work Research
- Social Work with Military Service Members, Veterans and Families
Probation officer in DuPage County for five years, working primarily with probation clients with mental illness. Several years as a forensic social worker, conducting mitigation investigations for death penalty cases.
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
Affiliations, Associations, & Consultations
- Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research
- American Society of Criminology
- Criminal Justice/Mental Health Committee, DuPage County