Dr. Crystal Watkins is the assistant director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Program and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Watkins received her MD and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as part of the combined degree program in molecular and cellular neuroscience. She completed fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry and training in mood disorders and neuroimaging. Dr. Watkins has an interdisciplinary approach to memory disorders that incorporates medical and pharmacological patient care, family education, outreach, and research. She has authored many publications and given presentations nationally and internationally. Her research interests include mood and anxiety disorders in the aging population and the use of brain imaging in the early diagnosis and treatment of dementia.
Medical School and Doctoral Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Combined Degree in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Schweizer Fellow, Interdisciplinary Program in Mood Disorder and Neuroimaging, Departments of Psychiatry and Radiology, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Clinical and Research Fellow, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
- Diversity Council Member, Maryland Psychiatric Society
- Member, American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists
Gaton-Johansson F, Watkins CC, Kanu IK, Whitehouse E, Sarenmalm EK, Brovall M, Kozachik SL.J The Effects of Symptoms on Quality of Life during Chemotherapy in African-American Women with Breast Cancer. Natl Black Nurses Assoc. 26(2):7-16, 2015.
Watkins C.C., Andrews SR.Clinical studies of neuroinflammatory mechanisms in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 176(1):14-22, 2016.
Watkins, C.C., Cognitive impairment in patients with AIDS-prevalance and severity. Journal of HIV/AIDS Research and Pallative Care 29;7:35-47, 2015.
Coughlin J.M., Wang Y., Ma S., Yue C., Kim P.K., Adams A.V., Roosa H.V., Gage
K.L., Stathis M., Rais R., Rojas C., McGlothan J.L., Watkins C.C., Sacktor N., Guilarte T.R., Zhou Y., Sawa A., Slusher B.S., Caffo B., Kassiou M., Endres C.J., Pomper M.G. Regional brain distribution of translocator protein using [11C]DPA-713 PET in individuals infected with HIV. Journal of Neurovirology, Feb( 3)219-232, 2014.
Watkins,C.C. and Treisman, G.J. Neuropsychiatric Complications of Aging with HIV. Journal of Neurovirology, 18(4):277-290, 2012