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Dr. Waters

Martinique (Perkins) Waters, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Current Classes:

General Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Special Topics

Fundamentals of Psychological Research (online)

Advanced Developmental Psychology (online)

Research Interests:

­I am very interested in all topics related to gerontology, including health changes, social interactions, learning abilities, emotional well-being, and life-course reviews. I specifically have studied older adults in the social role of caregiving (grandparents raising grandchildren and caring for other loved ones informally) to see how that has impacted their physical, mental, and emotional health.  I also have experience with examining health disparities (physical and mental) in the African American population.   


  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology, PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham December 2010
  • Psychology, MA Southeastern Louisiana University August 2005
  • Psychology, BS Louisiana State University December 2002
  • Recent Publications

  • Clay, O.J., Perkins, M., Wallace, G., Crowe, M., Sawyer, P., & Brown, C.J. (2018). Associations of comorbid medical conditional and health-related quality of life among older African American men. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.
  • Roth, D.L., Haley, W.E., Hovater, M., Perkins, M., Wadley, V., & Judd, S. (2013). Family caregiving and all-cause mortality: Findings from a population-based propensity-matched analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology, 178(10), 1571-78.
  • Perkins, M., Howard, V.J., Wadley, V.G., Crowe, M., Safford, M.M., Haley, W.E., Howard, G., & Roth, D.L. (2013). Caregiving strain and all-cause mortality: Evidence from the REGARDS study. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68(4), 504–512