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Aug. 26, 2004

David Watson Named F. Wendell Miller Professor

David Watson, University of Iowa professor of psychology, has been named F. Wendell Miller Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean Linda Maxson announced recently.

The appointment carries an annual discretionary fund of $3,000 to be used for scholarly work, professional travel, programmatic enhancements such as symposia, colloquia, or special visitors, or other initiatives.

The author of "Mood and Temperament," (Guilford Press 2000), Watson focuses his clinical research primarily on mood, anxiety and dissociative disorders. He studies the structure of personality, the processes underlying self-other agreement, the dispositional basis of happiness and life/domain satisfaction, temporal stability versus change and the interface between personality and psychopathology. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and is currently in the middle of a five-year $1.5 million project investigating, "The structure and assessment of symptoms of depression" funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Watson joined the UI faculty in 1993 after serving eight years on the faculty at Southern Methodist University. He holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology from 1995 to 2000 and was the first president of the Association for Research in Personality.

Miller professorships are named for F. Wendell Miller, an attorney and farm manager from Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. Miller's will left the bulk of his estate to the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement of academic endeavors. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between ISU and the UI.

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