About

Education

Advanced training in ECT, Duke University School of Medicine (2003-2004)

Fellow, Geriatric Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine (2003-2004) 

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (2001-2003)

Master of Public Health (MPH), Public Health Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002) 

Chief resident, Psychiatry Residency, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000-2001)

Psychiatry Residency, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997-2000)

MD, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia (1997)

BS, Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1986)

Board Certification and Licensure

Kentucky Medical Board (2021-present)

Colorado Medical Board (2013-present)

North Carolina Medical Board (1998 – 2016)

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2002-present)

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Geriatric Psychiatry (2006 – present)

Academic Appointments

Clinical Associate Professor (Medicine and Psychiatry) University of Colorado School of Medicine (2016- present)

Associate Professor (Medicine and Psychiatry) and Vice Chair of Psychiatry (for VA) University of Colorado School of Medicine (2015-2016)

Visiting Associate Professor (Psychiatry and Medicine), University of Colorado School of Medicine (2013-2015)

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (2011-2013)    

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (2004-2011)

Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine (2003-2004)

Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (2001-2003)

Professional Positions

Lea C. Watson MD, MPH, LLC, Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation and Training, Denver, CO (2016-present)

Director of Behavioral Health Integration, Rocky Mountain Senior Care, Golden, CO (2016-present)

Interim Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health Service, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, CO (2014-2016)

Director, Geriatric Psychiatry, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, CO (2013 -2016)

Consultant psychiatrist, Orange County Department on Aging, Chapel Hill, NC (2006-2013) 

On-site geriatric psychiatrist for the Cedars of Chapel Hill Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Chapel Hill, NC (2006-2013)

Consulting geriatric psychiatrist to the Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, UNC Center for Aging and Health, Chapel Hill, NC (2010-2013) 

Supervising psychiatrist and consultant, UNC Internal Medicine Depression Care Management Program, Chapel Hill, NC (2010-2013) 

Director, UNC Psychiatry Outpatient Services, Chapel Hill, NC (2009-2013)

Attending physician, UNC inpatient geriatric psychiatry service, Chapel Hill, NC (2004-2009)

Attending physician, UNC electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) service, Chapel Hill, NC (2004-2009)