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
- 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
- Somatoform and dissociative disorders
- A Nosological Exploration of PTSD and Trauma in Disaster Mental Health and Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- North CS, Surís AM, Pollio DE, Behav Sci (Basel) 2021 Jan 11 1
- Mental Health and the Covid-19 Pandemic.
- Pfefferbaum B, North CS, N Engl J Med 2020 Aug 383 6 510-512
- Design, Implementation, and Assessment of a Public Comprehensive Specialty Care Program for Early Psychosis.
- North CS, Simic Z, Burruss J, J Psychiatr Pract 2019 Mar 25 2 91-102
- Medical Licensure Questions About Mental Illness and Compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
- Jones JTR, North CS, Vogel-Scibilia S, Myers MF, Owen RR, J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law 2018 Dec 46 4 458-471
- Development and Implementation of a Universal Suicide Risk Screening Program in a Safety-Net Hospital System.
- Roaten K, Johnson C, Genzel R, Khan F, North CS Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2018 Jan 44 1 4-11
- Prevalence and predictors of postdisaster major depression: Convergence of evidence from 11 disaster studies using consistent methods.
- North CS, Baron D, Chen AF J Psychiatr Res 2017 Dec 102 96-101
- The evolution of PTSD criteria across editions of DSM.
- North CS, Suri´s AM, Smith RP, King RV Ann Clin Psychiatry 2016 Aug 28 3 197-208
- Expanded conceptualization of multimorbidity to encompass substance use disorders and other psychiatric illness.
- North CS, Brown ES, Pollio DE Ann Clin Psychiatry 2016 Aug 28 3 182-8
- Disaster Mental Health Epidemiology: Methodological Review and Interpretation of Research Findings.
- North CS Psychiatry 2016 79 2 130-146
- Delivery of Mental Health Care in a Large Disaster Shelter.
- North CS, King RV, Fowler RL, Kucmierz R, Wade JD, Hogan D, Carlo JT Disaster Med Public Health Prep 2015 May 1-7
Multiple Personalities, Multiple Disorders: Psychiatric Classification and Media Influence
North CS, Ryall JM, Ricci DA, Wetzel RD (1993). New York, Oxford University Press
PTSD and disasters. In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
North, CS (2018). New York, NY, USA, Oxford University Press
Goodwin and Guze's Psychiatric Diagnosis, 7th edition
North CS, Yutzy SH (Ed.) (2018). New York, Oxford University Press
Psychiatric issues in the treatment of severe trauma. In Textbook of Polytrauma Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach
North CS, Canan F (2020). New York, NY, USA, Springer Nature
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)
- 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