Genetic susceptibility to bipolar illness, depression and dementia; Neurotransmitter pathways involved in mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and memory in the aging brain
Dr. Crystal C. Watkins is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She focuses on adult psychiatry and neuroscience.
Her current research seeks to understand the neurotransmitter pathways involved in mood disorders, psychotic disorders and memory in the aging brain.
Dr. Watkins received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in molecular and cellular neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She was named Outstanding Intern of the Year at the Johns Hopkins/Sinai Program in Internal Medicine and completed her residency in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins, where she served as Chief Resident for the 2007 - 2008 academic year. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Watkins was the Alexander Wilson Schweizer Fellow in Mood Disorders and Neuroimaging. She joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2011.
Dr. Watkins is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the Society for Neuroscience, The Links, Incorporated, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has won numerous awards for her research, including a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health and the 2013 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. In 2012, Watkins was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.
In addition, Dr. Watkins is committed to community education. She volunteers with the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, a Johns Hopkins school-based initiative, and has traveled internationally to Guatemala and Ghana to volunteer in underserved areas.