Dr. Watkins earned her PhD in Psychology in 2015 from Walden University. Prior to that, she earned an MEd in Counseling from the State University of West Georgia in 2004 and a BA in Psychology from Oglethorpe University in 2001. Before joining the KSU faculty, Dr. Watkins worked as an adolescent counselor for 6 years and taught psychology at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville State College, Oglethorpe University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Saint Leo University, and Westwood College. Dr. Watkins's broad research interests are in the areas of education, social, and positive psychology. More specifically, she conducts research on social issues in schools, ESOL student treatment, and positive psychology principles. Dr. Watkins's clinical interests are in therapy with adolescents, cognitive-behavioral and humanistic treatments, and positive psychology theory. Dr. Watkins is a member of the Southeastern Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the Georgia School Counseling Association.