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 is also conducting a study on the implementation of depression treatment in rural Alabama schools via videoconferencing.  Prior studies include evaluation of a violence and HIV prevention intervention for Mongolian women engaged in sex work and the intersections of violence against women and violence against children in Ugandan families.  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 several years of 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.


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.

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., 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.

Tsai, L. C., Carlson, C., Aira, T., Norcini Pala, A., Riedel, M., Witte, S. S. (2016). The impact of a microsavings intervention on reducing violence against women engaged in sex work in Mongolia: Findings from a randomized trial. BMC Health and Human Rights, 16(1), 27.

Sweetland, A., Oquendo, M.A., Carlson, C., Magidson, J., & Wainberg, M. (2015). Mental health research in the global era: Training the next generation. Academic Psychiatry. Published online: 23 October 2015.

Parcesepe, A. M., Batsukh, A., Toivgoo, A., Chang, M., Riedel, M., Carlson, C., DiBennardo, R., & Witte, S. S. (2015). Intimate partner violence, childhood sexual abuse, and HIV/STI risk behavior among women engaged in sex work in Mongolia, Global Public Health, 10(1), 88-102.

O’Hara, K., Tsai, L. C., Carlson, C., & Marti, Y. (2013). Intimate partner violence and contraception use among ever-married women in Jordan. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 19(10), 876-82.

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.

Witte, S. S., Altantsetseg, B., Aira, T., Riedel, M., Chen, J., Potocnik, K., El-Bassel, N., Wu, E., Gilbert, L., Carlson, C., & Yao, H. (2011). Reducing sexual HIV/STI risk and harmful alcohol use among female sex workers in Mongolia: A randomized clinical trial. AIDS and Behavior, 15(8), 1785-94.


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