Christopher Watchman, PhD

Education Director

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Christopher Watchman

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PhD in medical physics, University of Florida

I am the Education Director for the Department of Medical Physics. I have been active in education throughout my career. I previously served as a graduate program director in medical physics at the University of Arizona.  In this program, I taught courses in radiation dosimetry, radiation therapy, health physics, imaging physics and radiation biology. I have been active in residency training, teaching and mentoring medical physics and radiation oncology residents. I am interested in the use of video and digital tools in advancing medical physics education.

My research interests are varied, including bone marrow radiation dosimetry using alpha particle emitters, image-guided adaptive radiotherapy, computational radiation dosimetry, and MR applications in radiation therapy. I am active in national medical physics societies and in the development of technical standards for the practice of medical physics. I am an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs, the American College of Radiology, and the American Physical Society. I have served as a board member and as the president of the Arizona Chapter of the AAPM.

I earned my undergraduate degree in physics and exercise physiology at Brigham Young University. I then obtained degrees in health physics at Idaho State University, and a doctorate in medical physics at the University of Florida. I received postdoctoral training and clinical physics residency training at the University of Arizona. I am board-certified in therapeutic medical physics by the American Board of Radiology.