Roger P. Watts, Ph.D., is a non-clinically licensed academic and research psychologist, a Licensed Social Worker, a Master of Addictions Counselor, a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Augsburg College. He is also the principle creator of an innovative primary care treatment program for young men in the Seattle area.
Prior to his current work, Dr. Watts was an Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, and a counselor on the male adolescent Primary and Extended Care units at Hazelden Betty Ford’s treatment programs in Plymouth and St. Paul MN. Dr. Watts conducted individual and group therapy at Hazelden for more than seven years, but has been doing counseling work at all levels of care for more than 28 years. He now teaches courses on group therapy, psychology of small groups, and treatment planning for patients with co-occurring disorders to a wide range of audiences. He is a lecturer on using psychological interventions with small groups using the techniques of Motivational Interviewing. He specializes in helping organizations work with improving communication, forming work relationships that are effective, and helping families cope with the effects of addiction. Prior to entering the counseling field in 1988, Dr. Watts worked in a variety of public relations and journalism jobs ranging from being a photojournalist with a Parisian photo agency to work in the White House press office for President Jimmy Carter.
Dr. Watts is from Boston, and has three adult children and two grandchildren who still reside there. He is an accomplished art photographer, enjoys riding his motorcycle through the countryside during the summer months, and discussing the Boston Red Sox with anyone who will put up with him.