Celia A. Watt, Ph.D

(585) 395-5568
Office: Brockport Downtown 542


  • PhD, Social, Personality, and Developmental Psychology, The University of Texas, 1992
  • BA, Psychology, Texas State University, 1986


  • State University of New York - SUNY Brockport 1998 - Present
    Full Professor
    2013-present Department of Public Administration – Chairperson
    2015-present Institute of Poverty Studies and Economic Development - Director
    Currently teach the following courses in the Department of Public Administration:
    -Ethics for Public Administrators, Internship Experience, and
    - Portfolio Seminar (MPA capstone project)
    -1998-2013 Department of Health Science
  • Lecturer 1996 - 1998
    U.T., A.C.C. Austin, Texas; New York
    Full-time (non-tenure position) faculty member teaching upper division undergraduate courses in the Department of Educational Psychology at UT; part-time appointment in Psychology at ACC.
  • CPC Hospital: Solution’s Counseling and Treatment Center 1992 - 1996
    Director Austin, Texas
    Responsibilities included managing a large staff, addressing public relations/community issues, budget planning, and management of outpatient chemical dependency services. Developed specialty programs in conjunction with the Department of Human Services and the Travis County Jail.
  • Mental Health Consultant 1996 - 1997
    Various Agencies Austin, Texas
    Consultant for business development in the field of mental health. Professional assistance included working with several Independent Practitioner Associations (IPAs) in coordinating contract negotiations, capitation agreements, program development of chemical dependency specialty groups, creating alliances/affiliations, grant writing, and marketing. Also, designed, created, and implemented a family program for the Supervision and Monitoring of Alcohol-Related Treatment Program (SMART), a non-profit residential treatment program administered by the Community Supervision and Corrections Department of Travis County.
  • Addictions Consultant 1991 - 1997
    Quit For Life, A Smoking Cessation Program Austin, Texas
    Created a service-marked program, Quit For Life to address tobacco cessation needs in facilities going to a tobacco-free status or enhancing wellness of employees. Coordinated all aspects of program implementation including design, research, curriculum development, instruction, and training for individual, group, and corporate onsite consultations. Research included cooperative efforts with Nicoderm in piloting the nicotine patch in tobacco cessation programs and doctoral research investigating social learning theory variables and challenge activities as they relate to smoking cessation.
  • Research Consultant 1988 - 1993
    State and Federal Contracts Austin, Texas
    Conducted research for the Assessment Division of Texas Education Agency investigating standardized test scores (the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills) and teacher assigned grades in the public schools. Responsible for all phases of the research including research design, statistical analysis, and writing reports that were ultimately presented to the Texas State Legislature.
    As part of a team from UT, collaborated on a project creating an officer classification inventory system for the United States Air Force. Different aspects of leadership potential were examined resulting in an instrument used for officer promotion and classification.
  • Asst. Instructor / Teaching Asst. / Research Asst. 1989 - 1992
    The University of Texas Austin, Texas
    Assistantship teaching Individual Learning Skills and Statistics for the Social Sciences.
  • Admissions Coordinator / Computer Programmer 1985 - 1989
    Austin Rehabilitation Center Austin, Texas
    Coordinated all aspects of patient admissions for this non-profit agency primarily serving the indigent and criminal justice (state and federal) populations. Conducted all assessment interviews, made decisions regarding appropriate placements, and referrals. Coordinated a progress reporting system between federal parole officers, county probation officers, and the agency. In addition to clinical duties, I also installed, programmed (in D-BASE-III), and maintained a database system for the purpose of client tracking, coordination, and billing.
  • Computer Programmer Assistant 1984 - 1985
    Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas Austin, Texas
    Assisted in programming sonar simulations used by the United States Navy in FORTRAN. Also developed PERT and GANTT output for project management and was part of a team to ensure project completion and quality assurance.
  • Programmer Apprentice 1983 - 1984
    Texas Medical Liability Trust Austin, Texas
    Assisted in the installation and implementation of a WANG computer system to convert TMLT from a manual to automated system of accounting and report writing. Learned aspects of networking desktop computers and linking them to a main frame system.
  • English Instructor 1980 - 1981
    Centro Colombo Americano Colombia, South America
    Full-time appointment teaching English to Spanish speaking students.