Carlson, Catherine, PhD

Assistant Professor
Catherine "Cady" Carlson
Contact Information Areas of Interest and Expertise
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Implementation Science
  • International Social Work
  • Mental Health
  • Violence Against Women and Children

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  • BA, Emory University
  • MSW, University of Georgia
  • PhD, Columbia University


Dr. Catherine Carlson’s research focuses on the intersection of violence and mental health, and the implementation of evidence-based interventions in low-resource settings. She is currently awarded a Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute of Mental Health to implement mental health services within a school-based violence prevention program in Uganda. Dr. Carlson also leads research on mental health interventions for survivors of human trafficking, including a trauma-informed yoga intervention in Uganda and suicide prevention intervention in the Philippines. Prior research includes the IPV and HIV effectiveness research for women in sex work in Mongolia and the intersections of IPV and violence against children. Before joining the faculty at the University of Alabama, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Mental Health Implementation Science at Columbia University.  As a social worker, she has practice experience with international NGOs and UN agencies in the areas of gender-based violence, child protection, and humanitarian response. She teaches courses on program evaluation and international social work.

Selected publications:

Namy, S., Carlson, C., Galaway, K., Nkwanzi, V., Nesse, J. (2021). Trauma-informed yoga for survivors of human trafficking in Uganda: Pilot of Healing and Resilience after Trauma (HaRT) Yoga. Journal of Social Work Practice. Published online

Berryhill, B., Carlson, C., Hopson, L. Culmer, N. & Williams, N. (2021). Adolescent Depression and Anxiety Treatment in Rural Schools: A Systematic Review. Journal of Rural Mental Health. Advance online publication.

Maternowska, C., Shackel, R., Carlson, C., & Levtov, R. (2020). The global politics of the age-gender divide in responding to sexual, physical, and emotional violence. Global Public Health, 3, 354-365.

Mootz, J., Onyango, P., Carlson, C., Helpman, L., Wainberg, M., Stabb, S. (2020). Why place and space matter for intimate partner violence survivors’ mental wellbeing and communities in Northeastern Uganda. Women and Health, 9, 975-986.

Carlson, C., Namy, S., Norcini Pala, A., Wainberg, M., *Ikenberg, C., Michau, L., Naker, D. & Devries, K. (2020). Violence against children and intimate partner violence against women: overlap and common contributing factors among caregiver-adolescent dyads. BMC Public Health, 20(1), 1-13.

Scorza, P., Duarte, C., Lovero, K., Carlson, C., Mootz, J., Johnson, K., & Wainberg, M. (2019). Reaching beyond the clinic: Leveraging implementation science to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 60(6), 707-710.

Lovero, K., Lammie, S., van Zyl, A., Paul, S., Ngwepe, P., Mootz, J., Carlson, C., Sweetland, Shelton, R., A., Wainberg, M., Medina-Mariano, A. (2019). Mixed methods evaluation of mental healthcare integration into tuberculosis and maternal-child care services across four South African districts. BMC Health Services Research, 19(83).

Sweetland, A., Norcini Pala, A., Mootz, J., *Chien-Wen Kao, J., Carlson, C., Oquendo, M. A., Cheng, B., Belkin, G., Wainberg, M. (2018). Food insecurity, mental distress, and suicidal ideation in rural Africa: Evidence from Nigeria, Uganda, and Ghana. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. 65(1), 20-27.

Carlson, C., Sweetland, A., & Wainberg, M. (2018). Ethical challenges in global mental health clinical trials. Lancet Psychiatry. 5(11), 866-867.

Namy, S., Carlson, C., Norcini-Pala, A., Faris, D., Devries, K., Naker, D. (2017). Violence, gender, and resilience among primary school students in Uganda. Child Abuse and Neglect, (70), 303-314.

Carlson, C., Witte, S. S., Norcini Pala, A., Tsai, L. C., Wainberg, M., & Aira, T. (2017). The impact of violence, perceived stigma, and other work-related stressors on depressive symptoms among women engaged in sex work. Global Social Welfare, 1-7.

Namy, S., Carlson, C., O’Hara, K, Nakuti, J., Bukuluki, P., Lwanyaaga, J., Namakula, S., Nanyunja, B., Wainberg, M., Naker, D., & Michau, L. (2017). Towards a Feminist Understanding of Intersecting Violence against Women and Children in the Family. Social Science & Medicine, 184, 40-48.

Carlson, C., Witte, S. S., Chen, J., Aira, T., & Riedel, M. (2012). Reducing recent intimate and paying partner violence among female sex workers in Mongolia: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(10)1911-31.


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