Teaonna Watson

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
School of Psychology
Ph.D. Forensic Psychology

Dr. Teaonna Watson is a forensic psychologist and contributing faculty member who earned her doctorate from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Her research interests focus on legal disparities of underserved populations in the criminal justice system and victims of crime. Dr. Watson works at several universities as a subject matter expert and professor. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Watson worked for a victim-centered organization as a trauma counselor and supervisor. This organization was responsible for many of the crime victims' laws passed in the State of Alabama. In addition, Dr. Watson served as a first responder for homicides in the city of Montgomery. Dr. Watson has also worked on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse cases. Her other experience includes working on several task forces, including human trafficking, domestic violence, death notification, and homicide prevention. Dr. Watson served as an instructor at the Alabama Police Academy, teaching various courses on victimology, de-escalation techniques, and crisis response. In 2021, Dr. Watson received an award for her ongoing commitment and dedication to victims of crime in the state of Alabama.


PhD, Walden University

MS, Auburn University at Montgomery

MS, Walden University

BS, Bethune-Cookman University

Public Service

American Psychological Association, Member -

Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority Inc. , Member -

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. , Member -

Awards / Honors

Advocate Award, Victims of Crime and Leniency, 2021

American Psychological Association Convention Grant Recipient, American Psychological Association, 2022

Rising Star Nominee, Southern New Hampshire University, 2023


Watson, T. (2019). The Psychology of Homicides and Suicides.

Watson, T. (2020). De-Escalation of Mental Health Patients.

Watson, T. (2022). Suicide Prevention Overview & Best Practices.

Watson, T. (2022). Cultural Competency.