Dr. Carol North

Carol S. North, MD, MPE, is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Nancy and Ray L. Hunt Professor of Crisis Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Carol North holds a joint appointment in Surgery/Emergency Medicine in the Division of Homeland Security. Dr. North is also Director of the Program in Trauma and Disaster at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas. Carol S. North completed medical school and residency in psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, followed by a NIMH fellowship and a Masters degree, both in psychiatric epidemiology, at the same institution.

For two decades, Dr. Carol North has conducted federally funded research investigation into mental health effects of disasters, psychiatric aspects of medical illness, alcohol and drug abuse in homeless and indigent populations, and psychoeducation for patients with serious mental illness and their families. Dr. Carol North has been an international leader in shaping the science of disaster mental health epidemiology. Carol North and her research team have studied nearly 3,000 survivors of major disasters, including the bombings in Oklahoma City and the US Embassy in Nairobi, Capitol Hill anthrax attacks, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. Under contract with the September 11th Fund, Dr. Carol North developed mental health training programs for several thousand New York City mental health professionals after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and subsequently this training has expanded nationally as P-FLASH (Practical Front-Line Assistance and Support for Healing).

Dr. Carol North has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific published articles, served on editorial boards for scientific journals, and chaired or served on committees for federal grant review and development of terrorism policy for the Institute of Medicine. Carol North has testified to the US Senate on disaster mental health effects, advised the Carter Center and the White House, debriefed Surgeon General Satcher, informed the US Federal Drug Administration about posttraumatic stress, and provided consultation to the City of New York’s Department of Health on post-9/11 mental health response and preparation. For her work in academic psychiatry and public service, Dr. Carol North has received recognition by Congress; awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the St. Louis Mental Health Association; the Washington University psychiatry residents’ Teacher of the Year award; and inclusion in The Best Doctors in America.