Doris Watson was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Adams State College in Sports Management/ Exercise Physiology. She earned a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics from Colorado State University. Watson completed a Master of Arts in Physical Education from Adams State College. In 1995, she graduated from the University of New Mexico with a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Physical Education.
After teaching at the University of Utah for nine years, Watson came to UNLV in 2005. She taught in the department of Sports Education Leadership. Following the reorganization of the College of Education in 2011, she now teaches in the Department of Educational Research, Cognition, and Development in the Higher Education Leadership Program.
Watson has published extensively. Her areas of expertise include programming for underserved populations, and the development of culturally responsive physical educators. Her research focuses on creating a caring environment in a physical activity setting.
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