Nicole Watkins

Postdoctoral Fellow


Connecticut Children's Center for Behavioral Health Research

Research Interests

My research interests focus on adolescence, emerging adulthood, and family structure. A consistent theme in my research has been predictors of the health and well-being of adolescents and emerging adults, specifically focusing on family structures and risk behaviors, as well as internalizing problems. I will be working with Christine Ohannessian, through Connecticut Children’s, looking at children’s risk behaviors for substance use, as well as examining internalizing problems.


Masters, Indiana University, 2014

Recent Publications

Watkins, N. K., & Beckmeyer, J. J. (2019). Assessing young adults’ beliefs regarding the importance of romantic relationships. Journal of Family Issues, Manuscript accepted for publication. doi: 10.1177/0192513X19871080

Doran, K. A., Watkins, N. K., Duckworth, J. C., & Waldron, M. (2019). Timing of first substance use: Risks from parental divorce and paternal death. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 28(2), 83-91. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2019.1580234

Waldron, M., Watkins, N. K., Bucholz, K. K., Madden , P. A F., & Health, A. C. (2018). Interactive effects of maternal alcohol problems and parental separation on timing of daughters’ first drink. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 42(1), 120-127. doi: 10.1111/acer.13537

Watkins, N. K., & Waldron, M. (2017). Timing of remarriage among divorced and widowed parents. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 58(4), 244-262. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2017.1299456

Sapharas, N. K., Doran, K A., Estell, D. & Waldron, M. (2016). Effects of parental divorce or a father’s death on high school completion. Psychology in the Schools, 53(8), 861-874. doi: 10.1002/pits.21947

Contact Information
Phone(860) 837-5375
Mailing Address10 Columbus Ave. Hartford, CT 06106 United States