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Kathleen F. Carlson, MS, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Core Investigator/Portland VAMC
Admin Unit: SOM-Public Health & Preventive Medicine Department
Phone: 503-220-8262 x52094
Office: Building 6, VA Medical Center
Mail Code: R&D 66
Public Health and Preventative Medicine
Research Interests:
Injury; injury prevention; traumatic brain injury; epidemiology; rehabilitation; veterans health; health services research; veterans health administration » Click here for more about Dr. Carlson's research
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Dr. Carlson is an injury epidemiologist and health services researcher who joined the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in 2010. She is also a Core Investigator with the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) at the Portland VA Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Carlson was Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and a Core Investigator with the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

Dr. Carlson’s research focuses on injury prevention and control; traumatic brain injury (TBI) prevention and rehabilitation; driving safety and motor vehicle crash prevention; medical records coding accuracy; and epidemiology of and preventive services for audiologic disorders. Her VA research examines the co-occurrence of physical and psychological trauma among returning Veterans and their post-deployment reintegration into families, work, and community. In her current projects, she is examining methods of studying, and ultimately improving, health services for and functional outcomes among Veterans diagnosed with comorbid traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Carlson completed her BS in Biology at Oregon State University and her MS and PhD in Environmental Health and Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.