Sunday Columns

WE ARE UPDATING THIS PAGE TO BRING YOU LINKS THROUGH NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER OF 2011.  All are being reformatted to match the new e-Providence Journal.

I have been writing about issues of health and our hearts forever — from my days at The New York Times and at Yale’s Department of Psychiatry.  Now, while still an Associate Fellow at Yale’s Ezra Stiles College, I am broadening the focus of my relationship columns for The Providence Journal.  Here are the Sunday Columns with interviews from nationally recognized physicians, psychiatrists, and experts in the field of marriage and family.

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Now that I am a regular Relationship Columnist for the Lifebeat section and health columnist for the Thrive section,  as of January 2011 these articles are now bi-monthly.

Rita Watson: Romance, scandal and royals
Jun 05, 2011 -

From the romantic wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to the scandal of Arnold Schwarzenegger — the good news in this article is that marriage is stabilizing according to the US Census Bureau and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

Rita Watson: Advances against Alzheimer’s

Apr 03, 2011 - Interviews included:

Valentine love soars, infidelity dips, Sunday 02.06.11

Interviews included: Bradford Wilcox, Ph.D., sociologist,and director of the Marriage and Family Project at the University of Virginia as well as: “ReWire Your Brain For Love,”  author Marsha Lucas, Ph.D., and Julie Spira, best-selling author of “The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online.”

Gratitude as an attitude December 5, 2010/ Interviews with Dr. Robert Emmons, UC Davis, Dr. Jeremy Froh, Hofstra, Gretchen Rubin, author “The Happiness Project.”

Fantasy football: A relationship issue | Nov.4, 2010/ Interview with Dr. Aline Zoldbold

Magic bullet for depression in pipeline /October 4, 2010/ Interviews with William H. Sledge, MD and Robert Duman, both at Yale

The undivorced: ‘My husband, my boarder/ Interview with Dr. Scott Haltzman. Sept 5, 2010 …

Overselling infidelity on the Internet |Sunday, Aug 1, 201o/ Interviews with Professor Edward O. Laumann, University of Chicago and Dr.Ruth Westheimer

The contagion factor in divorce / Sunday, July 4, 2010

Parents, children and substance abuse | Interview with Joe Califano, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare,  Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pill-popping and doctor shopping | Interview with Herbert D. Kleber, Columbia University, Sunday, May 2, 2010

Scientists are analyzing your smiles | Sunday, April 4, 2010

Infidelity, meet sex addiction/Interviews with Dr. Aline Zoldbrod, Dr. Tom Smith, Michele Weiner-Davis,  March 7, 2010

Technology marches on in the bedroom /Interviews with Michael Coates, MD, chairman of the Family Medicine Department at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and James D. E llison, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Feb 14, 2010 -


A new medical relationship: Physicians, healers, and botanicals /Interview with Steven C. Schachter, MD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School Jan 03, 2010 -

Rita Watson: The exploding world of soft porn for women
Dec 06, 2009 -
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Rita Watson: Women’s weight and romance
Nov 01, 2009 -
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Rita Watson: Trying to hammer out happiness
Oct 04, 2009 -
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Madoff’s Mistress, Marijuana, and Love Addiction Sunday, September 6, 2009, Providence Journal

World News Network/ Rita Watson: Madoffs mistress marijuana and love addiction

Politics, Sex, and Scandal Sunday, July 5, 2009, Providence Journal   

Rita Watson:  World News Network, Politics, Sex, and Scandal

Our Love Affair with Green Sunday June 7, 2009, Providence Journal   (Inspired

Looking for love from Wall Street to Main StreetSunday, May 3, 2009, Providence  Journal

Sinatra, my father, and memories good and badSunday, April 5, 2009, Providence Journal

Rita Watson, World News, Sinatra, my father

“Condomania” can deter infectious love Sunday, March 1, 2009 (Providence  Journal)

World News Network, Condomania

Privacy Paranoia: Dementia and Seizures,Sunday, February 1, 2009 and

Rita Watson: World News Network: Privacy Paranoia: Dementia and Seizures


At last, here’s how to train your husband Sunday, January 3, 2009  and Rita Watson: World News

Seeking Happiness: You Need Non-Pill Coping Skills, too Sunday, December 7th, 2008 and World NewsNetwork: /Rita_Watson

Money Woes Make for Grumpy Couples, Sunday, November 3, 2008

Marrying their Mrs. Robinson (Cougar Love and Longevity), Sunday, October 5, 2008

Neuroimaging and Love Lies, Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cheating, chemo, commitment , Sunday, August 17, 2008, editorial, The Providence Journal

Of DNA and Desire, Sunday, August 3, 2008 Heart flutter romance may soon be replaced by DNA dating and brain wave sex.

New Rules for Open Marriage Sunday, July 6, 2008

Married but Cheating (online)  Ask Dr. Ruth: Infidelity on the Rise (newspaper title,  Sunday June 1, 2008)

How To Predict Heart Attacks (online) Sexercise: Avoiding Heart Attack Begins with Gentle Word,(newspaper version) Sunday, May 4, 2008

Hormones, Spring Fever, and Sex Sunday, April 6, 2008

Money, Marriage, Sex and Secrets Sunday, March 2, 2008

Challenges for Returning Soldiers: Havoc with Heath and Relationships Sunday, February 3, 2008

Ways to Avoid Cell Phone Smashing (online) When Relationships End, a Tibetan Ritual for Healing (newspaper) (Jan 2008)

Cars, Desire, and Joy (online)Try transdermal testosterone – Take time to cut holiday stress (newspaper) (Dec 2007)

When sex trumps the king (Nov 2007)

Sex and smiling seniors (Oct 2007)

Sexual shutout in hidden agenda hell (Sept 2007)

Overdrive in the passive-aggressive lane (Aug 2007)

Heart and Flowers: Making Valentine’s Day, Children’s Day (Feb 2007)

If it floats your boat / editorial (May 2007)

Words that harm, words that heal October 2, 2006