Tamara Teague Watson, MEd

Research Clinician, Clinician Reviewer, Abstractor
Department of Epidemiology
116 South Merritt Mill Road
CB #8126
Carrboro, NC 27510


Tamara Watson works on two autism research grants funded by the Centers for Disease Control as a research clinician, clinician reviewer, and abstractor. Watson's work focuses on preschool and school-age children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

SEED (Study to Explore Early Development) assesses preschool-age children with an ASD diagnosis, children with other developmental delays and typically-developing children to identify factors that may impact their development.

ADDM (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network) monitors the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. The goal of the ADDM Network is to provide comparable, population-based estimates of the prevalence of autism and other developmental disabilities over time.

Watson, a Missouri native, previously worked at Washington University in the St. Louis Medical School, specifically in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Social Developmental Studies Lab.

Service Activities

Board of Orange/Chatham Chapter of Autism Society of North Carolina

Key Publications

Accuracy of Phenotyping of Autistic Children Based on Internet Implemented Parent Report. Hane Lee, Alison R. Marvin, Tamara Watson, Judith Piggot, J. Kiely Law, Paul A. Law, John N. Constantino, and Stanley F. Nelson (2010). American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 153B(6).

Staff/Administrative Duties

Research clinician: Conduct research-reliable standard diagnostic tests such as ADOS, ADI, MSEL and VABS for subject children

Clinician reviewer: Systematically apply standardized case definitions for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability to developmental data to determine the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability in central N.C.

Abstractor: Review and abstract data to determine the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability in central N.C.


  • MEd, Special Education/Autism, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2007
  • AB, Theatre Arts, Cornell University, 1980