Margaret Watt, MPH, MA
Prevention Director

Margaret joined Positive Directions in July 2020 as Director of Prevention after serving as a regional leader in behavioral health for almost eight years, first as Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board and then as Co-Director of The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT. In those roles she worked with a wide variety of stakeholders on initiatives to support the integration of mental health and substance use and to improve prevention, treatment and recovery. She also championed statewide and regional efforts on peer support, including (an online community by and for young people in CT), SMART Recovery, and legislation around insurance reimbursement. In 2017 she won the Policy Leadership Award from the Keep The Promise Coalition in recognition of her advocacy work. Margaret brings skills in public health, training, and communications to the position. She looks forward to working with our Prevention staff to raising awareness and changing behaviors through targeted initiatives, community outreach, multicultural efforts, and environmental change. She will be available to provide prevention trainings such as QPR and TSL suicide programs, opioid education and Narcan administration, and Hidden in Plain Sight (a parent awareness program about teen drug use). Prior to her career in behavioral health, Margaret worked for 12 years in global health and eight years in education. She received her MPH from UNC/Chapel Hill, her MA in Education from Columbia University, and her BA from Harvard. She is fluent in Spanish and French.

Margaret can be reached by email at: or by phone at 203-227-7644 ext. 827