Andrew J. McKenna Family Professor of Psychology
Widely regarded as one of the most well known research psychologists in the world today, David Watson played an integral role in the development of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), a widely used psychometric scale that measures the extent to which a person is experiencing negative moods (such as fear and anger) and positive moods (such as confidence and energy). With his wife Lee Anna Clark, the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Professor of Psychology, Watson has helped to launch a clinical research program between the University and Oaklawn, a nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider in the greater Michiana area.
Watson’s primary research interests focus on the relations among mood, personality and psychopathology, and his work has been cited more than 58,000 times. He served as editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology from 2005-2011. Dr. Watson’s research has greatly contributed to understanding the connections between mood and influences such physical activity, social interaction, sleep, circadian rhythms, and stressful life events. His work also has clarified how individual differences in temperament and personality influence a person’s risk for major depression and the anxiety disorders.
A Life Trustee and Fellow of the University, Andrew McKenna (’51) established the McKenna Professorship. In 1998, the Center for Continuing Education was renamed McKenna Hall to honor this Chicago business leader and his wife, Joan, for what was at that time the single largest scholarship gift in Notre Dame history.