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Assistant Professor
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Areas of Expertise

Dr. Watts’ research explores the complex and intersectional experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals with multiple marginalized identities, such as Black LGBTQ+ individuals and LGBTQ+ youth. His work aims to optimize these communities’ mental health and well-being outcomes by informing programs and practices to improve service delivery and deepen practitioners’ cultural sensitivity and humility.

Highlighted Publications

  • Watts, K. J., & Bentley, K. J. (2021). Perceptions of gay Black men on the social construction of masculinity and its role in mental health. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health.
  • Wike, T., Tomlinson, C., Wagaman, M. A., Matijczak, A., Murphy, J., Watts, K. J., O’Connor, K., & McDonald, S. E. (2021). The role of thwarted belongingness on the relationship between microaggressions and mental health for LGBTQ+ emerging adults. Journal of Youth Studies.
  • Wagaman, M. A., Watts, K. J., Lamneck, V., D’Souza, S., McInroy, L. B., Eaton, A., & Craig, S. (2020). Managing stressors online and offline: LGBTQ+ youth in the Southern United States. Children and Youth Services Review.

Current Projects

  • Impact of Identity-Based Community Belongingness on Mental Health and Well-Being Among Black LGBTQ+ Individuals

Alma Mater

  • Virginia Commonwealth University – Doctor of Philosophy
  • Clark Atlanta University – Master of Social Work
  • Georgia State University – Bachelor of Arts

Get to Know Dr. Watts

Dr. Watts enjoys traveling domestically and internationally, exploring and learning about the many cultures that exist in our human world.