• Research Associate
  • Co-Director, Center for Early Education & Development (CEED)
+1 612-625-2093
Center for Early Education & Development
425 VoTech [map]
1954 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

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Christopher Watson, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV), is Co-Director of the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Dr. Watson's work focuses on infant and early childhood development, with an emphasis on early intervention, social emotional development, challenging behavior and mental health. Dr. Watson holds Level 4 Endorsement in Infant Mental Health (IMH-E® [IV]) from the Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and is a certified Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) trainer. His recent research focuses on reflective supervision as ongoing professional development, including a new initiative being implemented for home visitors and their supervisors by the Minnesota Department of Health through a federal Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant. Dr. Watson's two recent publications with Shelley Neilsen Gatti for Young Exceptional Children and Infants and Young Children explore the use of reflective supervision in early intervention. He has headed numerous professional development projects and co-authored training-of-trainer curricula, including Talking Reasonably and Responsibly About Brain Development, PITC as a Curriculum, and Core Competencies for Infant-Toddler Caregivers. Dr. Watson directs the Minnesota Higher Education Consortium composed of faculty from early childhood special education licensure programs in public and private Minnesota universities. Prior to his work at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Watson was director of the California Education Innovation Institute, a statewide training program for educators and administrators based at California State University Sacramento.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Community life
    • Friendships and social relationships
    • Parenting and family relationships
    • Positive behavior support
  • Specific life stage
    • Early childhood
    • Children
  • Culture and diversity
    • International initiatives
  • Early education and development
    • Early social/emotional development
    • Child development
    • Early childhood transition
    • Early childhood education
    • Early intervention
    • Infant and early childhood mental health
    • Early childhood screening and assessment
  • Health and safety
    • Child welfare
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Evaluation of education programs
    • Quality outcomes
  • Specific disability
    • Mental health and/or chemical dependency


  • Research
  • Training and professional development
  • Technical assistance
  • Evaluation
  • Dissemination
  • Outreach