Laurel Watson

Laurel WatsonAssistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Traumatology, Georgia State University (2012).

Research Interests

  • Broadly, my research interests include women’s/gender-related themes, social justice/multiculturalism, and trauma. Specifically, I am interested in examining the influence of sexual objectification experiences upon person’s mental and physical health, interpersonal violence, body image and disordered eating, feminist identity development, LGBTQIQ-related themes, race/ethnicity, experiences of discrimination, and social justice/advocacy.

Recent Publications:

  • Davids, C. M., Watson, L. B., Nilsson, J. E., & Marszalek, J. M. (August 17, 2015; online first). Body dissatisfaction among gay men: The roles of sexual objectification, gay community involvement, and psychological sense of community. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.
  • Watson, L. B., *Grotewiel, M., *Farrell, M., *Marshik, J., & *Schneider, M. (March 2, 2015; online first). Experiences of sexual objectification, minority stress, and disordered eating among sexual minority women. Psychology of Women Quarterly.
  • Watson, L. B., Marszalek, J., Dispenza, F., & *Davids, C. M. (2015). Understanding the relationships among White and African American women’s sexual objectification experiences, physical safety anxiety, and psychological distress. Sex Roles, 72, 91 – 104. doi: 10.1007/s11199-014-0444-y
  • Watson, L. B., & Dispenza, F. (2015). The relationships among masculine appearance norm violations, childhood harassment for gender nonconformity, and body image concerns among sexual minority men. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 19, 145 – 164. doi: 10.1080/19359705.2014.993229
  • Dispenza, F., & Watson, L. B. (2015). Comparing sexual risk behaviors between sexual minority men living with and without a chronic illness/disability (CID). Sexuality & Disability, 33, 399 – 403. doi: 10.1007/s11195-014-9376-2
  • Watson, L. B., & Dispenza, F. (2014). Experiences of objectification and sexual risk behaviors among sexual minority men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity,1, 40 – 50. doi: 10.1037/0000014