Watson is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor with over ten years of practice experience. This includes working in adolescent psych and family counseling. She most recently served the Vanderbilt Addiction Center as Research Coordinator of a multi-site national study concerning opiate use and treatment among pregnant women. Her tenure at Vanderbilt also included four years as a clinical social worker serving families and individuals that experience both mental illness and substance misuse. She also served as Clinical Research Coordinator for multiple clinical trials at Tennessee Christian Medical Center. Watson is a member of the Institutional Review Board for Lipscomb University and Foundations Recovery Network, a Lipscomb IDEAL faculty partner, and a Lipscomb University Strengths Coach. A former dance teacher at Jody’s School of Performing Arts, Watson currently serves on the board of Rejoice School of Ballet, a faith-based nonprofit that provides a dance education for low-income children and teens. She is also an adjunct instructor for The University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Her research interests include women’s issues, substance use and misuse, and public health policy.