OHSU

Kathleen Carlson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Education 

1999, BS Biology, Oregon State University
2003, MS Environmental Health, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
2006, PhD Environmental Health, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Positions:

2010-Present: Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Portland, Oregon
2010-Present: Core Investigator, Portland VA Medical Center, HSR&D Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care, Portland, Oregon

Past Positions:

2008-2010: Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2008-2010: Core Investigator, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, HSR&D Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2006-2008:Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, HSR&D Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Research Interests:

Dr. Carlson is an injury epidemiologist and health services researcher. Her research focuses on injury prevention and control; traumatic brain injury (TBI) prevention and rehabilitation; driving safely and motor vehicle crash prevention; medical records coding accuracy; and epidemiology of and preventive services for audiologic disorders. Her VA research examines the co-occurence of physical and psychological trauma among returning Veterans and their post-deployment reintegration into families, work, and community. Specifically, 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).

Recent Publications

1.Kane WG, Wright DA, Fu R, Carlson KF. Racial/Ethnic and Insurance Status Disparities in Post-Hospitalization Care for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.

2.O'Neil ME, Carlson KF, Storzbach D, Brenner L, Freeman M, Quiñones AR, Motu'apuaka M, Kansagara D. Complications of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans and Military Personnel: A Systematic Review. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

3.Sayer NA, Carlson KF, Frazier P. Reintegration Challenges in U.S. Service Members and Veterans Returning from Combat Deployments. Social Issues and Policy Review.

4.Carlson KF, Taylor BC, Hagel EM, Cifu DX, Cutting A, Kerns R, Sayer NA. Headache Diagnoses among Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans Enrolled in VA: A Gender Comparison. Headache – the Journal of Head and Face Pain; Epub ahead of print [Sept 20, 2013].

5.Carlson KF, Barnes JE, Hagel EM, Taylor BC, Cifu DX, Sayer NA. Sensitivity and Specificity of Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis Codes in Veterans Affairs Administrative Data. Brain Injury; Epub ahead of print [Mar 20, 2013].

6.Lu M, Carlson KF, Duckart JP, Dobscha SK. The Effects of Age on Initiation of Mental Health Treatment after Positive PTSD Screens among Veterans Affairs Primary Care Patients. General Hospital Psychiatry; Epub ahead of print [Aug 13, 2012].

7.Henry JA, Zaugg TL, Myers PJ, Kendall CJ, Kaelin C, Thielman E, Griest S, Legro M, Storzbach D, McMillan G, Carlson KF. Pilot Study to Develop Telehealth Tinnitus Management for Persons with and without Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (Single topic Issue on Traumatic Brain Injury); 49(7): 1025-1042, 2012.

8.Taylor BC, Hagel EM, Carlson KF, Cifu DX, Cutting A, Bidelspach DE, Sayer NA. Prevalence and Costs of Co-Occurring Traumatic Brain Injury with and without Psychiatric Disturbance and Pain among Afghanistan and Iraq War Veteran VA Users. Medical Care; 50: 342-346, 2012.

9.Carlson KF, Meis LA, Jensen AC, Simon AB, Gravely AA, Taylor BC, Bangerter A, Schaaf KW, Griffin JM. Caregiver Reports of Subsequent Injuries among Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury after Discharge From Inpatient Polytrauma Rehabilitation Programs. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; 27(1): 14-25, 2012.

10.Sayer NA, Frazier P, Orazem R, Murdoch M, Gravely AA, Carlson KF, Hintz S, Noorbaloochi S. Military to Civilian: A Measure of Post-deployment Community Reintegration Difficulty among Veterans using Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Care.  Journal of Traumatic Stress (Special Issue on 9/11); 24(6): 660-670, 2011.

11.Carlson KF, Gravely AA, Noorbaloochi S, Simon AB, Bangerter AK, Sayer NA. Post-deployment Injury among New Combat Veterans Enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare. Injury Prevention; 17(5): 343-347, 2011.

12.Carlson KF, Kehle S, Meis LA, Greer N, MacDonald R, Rutks I, Dobscha SK, Sayer NA, Wilt TJ. Prevalence, Assessment, and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review of the Evidence. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; 26(2): 103-115, 2011.

13.Widome R, Kehle SM, Carlson KF, Nelson Laska M, Gulden A, Lust K. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Health Risk Behaviors among Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Attending College. American Journal of Health Behavior; 35(4): 387-392, 2011.

14.Gravely AA, Cutting A, Nugent SM, Grill J, Carlson KF, Spoont M. The Validity of PTSD Diagnoses in VA Administrative Data: A Comparison of VA Administrative PTSD Diagnoses to Self-Reported PTSD Checklist (PCL) Scores. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development; 48(1): 21-30, 2011.

15.Carlson KF, Nugent SM, Grill J, Sayer NA. Accuracy of External Cause of Injury Coding in VA Polytrauma Patient Discharge Records. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (Single Topic Issue on Data Quality in VA Databases); 47(8): 689-698, 2010.

16.Sayer NA, Noorbaloochi S, Frazier P, Carlson KF, Gravely A, Murdoch M. Reintegration Problems and Treatment Interests among Iraq and Afghanistan Combat Veterans Receiving Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Care. Psychiatric Services; 61(6): 589-597, 2010.

17.Johnson PJ, Carlson KF, Hearst MA. Healthcare Disparities for American Indian Veterans in the United States: A Population-based Study. Medical Care; 48(6): 563-569, 2010.

18.Carlson KF, Nelson DB, Orazem RJ, Nugent SM, Cifu DX, Sayer NA. Psychiatric Diagnoses among Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans Screened for Deployment-related Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Traumatic Stress (Special Issue on OEF/OIF Veterans); 23(1): 17-24, 2010.

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Kathleen F. Carlson, PhD
Assistant Professor

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