Dr. Linda Watt
Linda Watt PhD is a licensed psychologist specializing in treatment of adolescents. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters in Psychology from Boston College. After working briefly for the social service agency in Massachusetts, she became the clinical director of a Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) girl’s detention facility in Boston for five years. During that time she returned to school for her PhD in psychology from Northeastern University.
Dr. Watt has conducted court evaluations for DYS, served as the regional clinical director of three secure facilities for boys, and as the regional clinical coordinator overseeing the clinical services for the southeast region of Massachusetts until 2012. Linda is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in their graduate psychology program and consults at a community college in the area of threat assessment. Linda‘s areas of expertise include adolescents with behavioral issues, sexual offending, gangs and fire play.
Linda works within school systems, and currently is the School Psychologist for a public school in Taunton, Massachusetts. She also has a private practice with a focus on individual and family therapy and risk assessments for youth charged with sex offenses and fire-setting.
Linda has more than a decade of training experience within DYS on the topics of mental health, suicidality, gang issues, and behavior management; Linda has also trained at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the area of mental health and gender.
Linda has trained police officers for Strategies for Youth since 2012 in California, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Virginia, and Wisconsin.