Marquis Top Doctors

Dr. Kelly Alicia Watson, PhD

Title: Child Welfare Specialist
Company: Maryland State Department of Human Services
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Dr. Kelly Alicia Watson, PhD, child welfare specialist for the Maryland State Department of Human Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social services.

Drawing on over 20 years of experience, Dr. Watson is a proven expert in the field of public safety and welfare. Since 2008, she has excelled as a child welfare specialist for the Maryland State Department of Human Services. As part of her duties, she oversees recruitment and assessment procedures, in addition to examining organization procedures and determining how best to provide for children in various communities. Adjacent to her primary responsibilities, Dr. Watson also remains active as a volunteer with The Better World Project, as part of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).

In her other career-related endeavors, Dr. Watson has thrived as a motivational speaker and executive coach with Watson Global and Associates LLC. Furthermore, she has found a wealth of prior success as an organizational psychologist. As part of her work in the field, she also hosts a podcast for top industry leaders, entrepreneurs and educators called “The Change Lives, Change Perspectives Show,” which airs on Spotify and Anchor. Across all of her professional pursuits, Dr. Watson’s goals have always remained to provide critical assessments and implement the strongest strategies aimed at providing at-risk children with more opportunities for advancement and proper health care.

Over the course of her vocational journey, Dr. Watson has also cultivated a formal education for herself. She first attended Florida Memorial University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1997. She subsequently continued her studies at Towson University and earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2006. Dr. Watson ultimately concluded her academic career at Walden University, achieving a Doctor of Philosophy in organizational psychology in 2021. In addition to her academic credentials, she is also certified in advanced and executive leadership by the NSLS.

In light of her fulfilling career, Dr. Watson has largely attributed her success to her faith and the support of her family and friends. Accounting for her achievements, she is particularly proud of the research she was able to accomplish with the Baltimore City Public Schools, which largely focused on leadership initiatives. In the coming years, Dr. Watson looks forward to helping more individuals meet their academic goals, as well as participating in more speaking engagements that will allow her to inspire others.

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