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 the Dallas VA Medical Center for about a decade.

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 300 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
Other Post Graduate Training
Washington University School of Medicine (1993)
Graduate School
Washington University School of Medicine (1993), Epidemiology

Research Interest

  • Community psychiatry
  • Mental health sequelae of disasters, terrorism, and other trauma
  • Psychiatric aspects of medical illnesses
  • Psychiatric epidemiology, substance abuse, and service use among the homeless population
  • Psychoeducation
  • Somatoform and dissociative disorders


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Goodwin and Guze's Psychiatric Diagnosis, 6th edition

North CS, Yutzy SH (Ed.) (2009). New York, Oxford University Press

Psychoeducation as an approach to treatment of severe mental illness. In Dimensions of Psychosis: Comprehensive Conceptualization and Treatments

Kay ES, Pollio DE, North CS (2020). New York, NY, USA, Oxford University Press

Epidemiology of disaster mental health: the foundation for disaster mental health response. In Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry

North, CS (2017). New York, NY, USA, Cambridge University Press

Postdisaster psychopathology among rescue workers responding to multiple-shooting incidents. In The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Mass Shootings, 1st edition

May GJ, North CS (2017). Hoboken, NJ, USA, Wiley

Survivors of mass shooting incidents: the mental health response. In Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd edition

Ali O, North CS (2016). Waltham, MA, USA, Academic Press

Honors & Awards

  • Herbert Spiegel, MD award for research in dissociation, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Psychiatric Excellence Award
    To recognize members of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians who have demonstrated a sustained and unusual degree of excellence in psychiatric endeavors (2016)
  • Hamilton Award
    For service as President of the American Psychopathological Association (2015)
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Special Service Award
    To recognize persons who have rendered outstanding service to psychiatry or to the community (2010)
  • 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)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • 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
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • 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