Dr. Carol North holds The Nancy and Ray L. Hunt Chair in Crisis Psychiatry and is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is also Director of the Division of Trauma and Disaster in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. North completed medical school and residency training in psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by a NIMH fellowship and a Masters degree, both in psychiatric epidemiology, at the same institution. She served 18 years on the faculty of Washington University before moving to Dallas in 2005 to join the full-time academic faculty of The Universtiy of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She also served for nearly ten years at the Dallas VA Medical Center.
For more than a quarter of a century, Dr. North has continuously conducted federally funded research into disaster mental health, psychiatric aspects of medical illness, and psychiatric problems of homeless populations, and has developed specialized education programs for professionals, patients, and families, while providing direct patient care and directing clinical services for homeless and seriously psychiatrically ill patients. Dr. North has been an international leader in shaping the science of disaster mental health epidemiology. She and her research team studied 3,500 survivors of major disasters that include the bombings in Oklahoma City and the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, the Capitol Hill anthrax attacks, the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, and Hurricane Katrina. Dr. North has provided expertise and leadership in major disaster response operations, and a disaster mental health training program she developed (P-FLASH: Practical Front Line Assistance and Support for Healing), originally commissioned by the September 11 Fund, has trained thousands of mental health and other medical and emergency professionals on disaster preparedness and response.
Dr. North has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific published articles, served on scientific editorial boards, and chaired and served on committees for federal grant review and for development of terrorism policy for the Institute of Medicine. She testified to the US Senate, advised the State Department, the Carter Center, and the White House on disaster mental health; informed the FDA about post-traumatic stress; provided consultation to New York City’s Department of Health on post-9/11 mental health response; and served on a CDC Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the World Trade Center Health Program and on the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
- Medical School
- Washington University School of Medicine (1983)
- Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital (1987), Psychiatry
- Research Fellowship
- Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital (1990), Epidemiology
- Graduate School
- Washington University School of Medicine (1993), Epidemiology
- Psychiatric aspects of medical illnesses
- Psychiatric effects of disasters, terrorism, and other trauma
- Psychiatric epidemiology, substance abuse, and service use among the homeless population
- Somatoform and dissociative disorders
- An empirical study of alcohol consumption by patients considering HCV treatment.
- North CS, Sims O, Hong BA, Jain MK, Brown G, Lisker-Melman M, Pollio DE Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 2014 Aug 1-6
- Mental health response to community disasters: a systematic review.
- North CS, Pfefferbaum B JAMA 2013 Aug 310 5 507-18
- Rethinking disaster mental health response in a post-9/11 world.
- North CS Can J Psychiatry 2013 Mar 58 3 125-7
- Hepatitis C treatment and SVR: the gap between clinical trials and real-world treatment aspirations.
- North CS, Hong BA, Adewuyi SA, Pollio DE, Jain MK, Devereaux R, Quartey NA, Ashitey S, Lee WM, Lisker-Melman M Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2012 Dec
- Examining a comprehensive model of disaster-related posttraumatic stress disorder in systematically studied survivors of 10 disasters.
- North CS, Oliver J, Pandya A Am J Public Health 2012 Oct 102 10 e40-8
- Postdisaster course of alcohol use disorders in systematically studied survivors of 10 disasters.
- North CS, Ringwalt CL, Downs D, Derzon J, Galvin D Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 2011 Feb 68 2 173-80
- Psychosocial adjustment of directly exposed survivors 7 years after the Oklahoma City bombing.
- North CS, Pfefferbaum B, Kawasaki A, Lee S, Spitznagel EL Compr Psychiatry 2011 Jan-Feb 52 1 1-8
- Trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder among employees of New York City companies affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center
- North CS, Pollio DE, Smith, RP, King RV, Pandya A, Surís AM, Hong BA, Dean DJ, Wallace NE, Herman DB, Conover S, Susser E, Pfefferbaum B Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 2011 5 S205-S213
- A prospective study of substance use and housing stability in a homeless population.
- North CS, Eyrich-Garg KM, Pollio DE, Thirthalli J Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2010 Nov 45 11 1055-62
- Toward validation of the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder.
- North CS, Suris AM, Davis M, Smith RP Am J Psychiatry 2009 Jan 166 1 34-41
Multiple Personalities, Multiple Disorders: Psychiatric Classification and Media Influence
North CS, Ryall JM, Ricci DA, Wetzel RD (1993). New York, Oxford University Press
Goodwin and Guze's Psychiatric Diagnosis
North CS, Yutzy SH (Ed.) (2009). New York, Oxford University Press
Honors & Awards
- Hamilton Award
For service as President of the American Psychopathological Association (2015-2015)
- Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Special Service Award
- Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
- Humanitarian Award, International Center for Psychosocial Trauma, University of Missouri-Columbia
- Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
- American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award
for Excellence in Disaster Psychiatry (1996)
- American Psychiatric Association Francis J. Braceland Public Service Award
formerly Founder's Award (1996)
- Teacher of the Year Award
by Washington University Residents in Psychiatry (1995)
- Richard S. Brookings Medical School Award, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
for outstanding research accomplishments (1983)
- Sandoz Award in Psychiatry
for academic achievement and clinical contribution to patient care (1983)
- American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists (Board of Directors 1998-; President 2006-08; Vice President 2014-16)
- American Medical Association
- American Psychopathological Association (Fellow 1997-; Councilor 2002-06 and 2012-16; Vice President 2012-13; President Elect 2013-14; President 2014-15)
- Dallas Area Women Psychiatrists
- North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (Executive Council, 2008-; Secretary, 2009-11; Vice President, President-Elect, 2011-13; President, 2013-15)
- Texas Medical Association
- Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians