Barry Watson, PhD

Assistant Professor in Economics

Barry WatsonBarry Watson joined UNB Saint John as a lecturer in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor within the Faculty of Business.

He has also taught at St. Thomas University and UNB Fredericton. He holds a PhD in economics from Dalhousie University, which he completed in 2015 and held both a SSHRC Graduate Fellowship as well as a Killam Scholarship during his doctoral studies.

He has taught courses ranging from first-year introductory microeconomics to fourth-year advanced mathematics.

Dr. Watson has also taught intermediate microeconomics at the Shandong University of Finance and Economics. His key areas of research include health and labour economics with an emphasis on applied econometrics.

Outside of academia, Barry is an avid snowboarder, mountaineer and surfer.

Selected publications

Watson, B. & Osberg, L. (2017). Healing and/or Breaking? The Mental Health Implications of Repeated Economic Insecurity. Social Science & Medicine, 188, 119-127.

Watson, B. (2016). Does Economic Insecurity Cause Weight Gain Among Canadian Labour Force Participants? Review of Income and Wealth.

Watson, B., Osberg, L., & Phipps, S. (2016). Economic Insecurity and the Weight Gain of Canadian Adults: A Natural Experiment Approach. Canadian Public Policy, 42(2), 115-131.

Letourneau, N., Whitty, P., Watson, B., Phillips, J., & Joshko, J. (2015). The Influence of Newborn Early Literacy Intervention Programs in Three Canadian Provinces. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 14, 1-21.

Letourneau, N., Tryphonopolous, P., Giesbrecht, G., Dennis, C., Bhogal, S., & Watson, B. (2015). Narrative and meta-analytic review of interventions aiming to improve maternal-child attachment security. Infant Mental Health Journal, 36(4), 366-387.