Dr. Waters received her doctorate in Social Psychology with a concentration in Stress and Cognitive Aging from North Carolina State University and conducted her NIMH postdoctoral training in Health Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. During her four years as an Assistant Professor at DUMC, Dr. Waters designed and conducted both exploratory research studies and randomized clinical trials (RCTs) examining the impact of self-discrepant cognitions on the biopsychosocial functioning of various pain patient populations. Dr. Waters has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles based on her research and several book chapters focusing on pain assessment and pain management in adult populations. Dr. Waters is currently developing a research program at NCCU that will examine the impact of stress and cognition on biopsychosocial functioning across the lifespan in both healthy and patient populations.
In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, Dr. Waters draws upon her NIH-based RCT training and applied research experiences at DUMC to offer training to graduate level students in designing NIH-formatted grant proposals.