Profile

Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD

Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

On staff since February 2005

Academic Title: Senior Lecturer

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"We didn’t just run a research project; we connected with families in a very real way, so much so that they reach out to us even a year later. To me this is a benefit that goes beyond the data that we’ve gathered and the way we’ve affected public policy. It speaks to the fact that we’ve made a meaningful, heartfelt connection with these families."

Making A Difference

Overview

Medical/Professional School

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Fellowship

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Assessment and treatment of children ages 0-5; with emphasis on family-centered care; diagnosis and treatment of children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; fetal alcohol effects; in-utero exposure to drugs and alcohol.

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Publications

  • Astley SJ, Aylward EH, Olson HC, Kerns K, Brooks A, Coggins TE, Davies J, Dorn S, Gendler B, Jirikowic T, Kraegel P, Maravilla K, Richards T
    Magnetic resonance imaging outcomes from a comprehensive magnetic resonance study of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
    Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research , 2009 Oct. : 1671-89
  • Bertrand J
    Interventions for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs): overview of findings for five innovative research projects.
    Research in developmental disabilities , 2009 Sept. : 986-1006
  • Astley SJ, Richards T, Aylward EH, Olson HC, Kerns K, Brooks A, Coggins TE, Davies J, Dorn S, Gendler B, Jirikowic T, Kraegel P, Maravilla K
    Magnetic resonance spectroscopy outcomes from a comprehensive magnetic resonance study of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
    Magnetic resonance imaging , 2009 July : 760-78
  • Astley SJ, Olson HC, Kerns K, Brooks A, Aylward EH, Coggins TE, Davies J, Dorn S, Gendler B, Jirikowic T, Kraegel P, Maravilla K, Richards T
    Neuropyschological and behavioral outcomes from a comprehensive magnetic resonance study of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
    The Canadian journal of clinical pharmacology = Journal canadien de pharmacologie clinique , 2009 : e178-201
  • Olson HC, Oti R, Gelo J, Beck S
    "Family matters:" fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the family.
    Developmental disabilities research reviews , 2009 : 235-49
  • Jirikowic T, Kartin D, Olson HC
    Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a descriptive profile of adaptive function.
    Canadian journal of occupational therapy. Revue canadienne d'ergotherapie , 2008 Oct. : 238-48
  • Jirikowic T, Olson HC, Kartin D
    Sensory processing, school performance, and adaptive behavior of young school-age children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
    Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics , 2008 May : 117-36
  • Thorne JC, Coggins TE, Carmichael Olson H, Astley SJ
    Exploring the utility of narrative analysis in diagnostic decision making: picture-bound reference, elaboration, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
    Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR , 2007 Apr, : 459-74
  • Bonthius DJ, Olson HC, Thomas JD
    Proceedings of the 2006 annual meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group.
    Alcohol (Fayetteville, N.Y.) , 2006 Aug. : 61-5

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
The Washington State FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism $354,000.00 Jan. 1, 2009
Transitioning Science-Based FASD Intervention to the Community Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $1,200,000.00 Jan. 1, 2005
FAS DPN Training Washington State Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse $Ongoing Revenue Jan. 1, 1998