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Professor of Sociology, Texas State University

Toni Watt is a Professor of Sociology at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She received her PhD in Sociology with an emphasis in Demography from the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Watt’s research is both academic and applied and focuses on improving outcomes for children and youth who have experienced trauma and/or the foster care system. She is the recipient of the Pro Humanitate Literary Award. This honor is given by the Center for Child Welfare Policy for research that makes a significant contribution to “best practice” in the field of child welfare. Dr. Watt has conducted research on peer support in integrated health care settings, primary care interventions to address "toxic stress" in children, race/ethnic differences in foster youth outcomes, and campus support programs for students who have experienced foster care. Dr. Watt's work has been supported by St. David’s Foundation, The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Meadow’s Mental Health Policy Institute, and The Greater Texas Foundation.

Child/Adolescent Health
Foster Care
Mental Health/Substance Abuse
Higher Education


  • –present
    Associate Chair of Sociology, Texas State University