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Cari McCarty, PhD

Cari McCarty, PhD

On staff since October 2008

Academic Title: Research Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"My mission is to improve the health of adolescents through enhanced scientific understanding, promoting social-emotional competencies and using evidence-based practice."

  • Dr. Cari McCarty is a research professor in the Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. She is also an adjunct research professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, and a member of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being. Dr. McCarty's research program is devoted to understanding and promoting behavioral health among adolescents. The goal of her research is to use knowledge of youth development to design, implement and test programs that will improve the lives and mental health of adolescents. She is the Associate Director of the UW Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program.

    • Duong M, Cruz RA, King KM, Violette HD, & McCarty CA
      Twelve-month outcomes of a randomized trial of the Positive Thoughts and Action program for depression among early adolescents.
      Prevention Science , 2016 : 17(295-305)
      doi: 10.1007/s11121-015-0615-2
    • McCarty CA, Zatzick D, Stein E, Wang J, Hilt R, Rivara FP & the Seattle Sports Concussion Research Collaborative
      Collaborative care for adolescents with persistent post-concussive symptoms: A randomized controlled trial
      Pediatrics , 2016 : 138(4)e20160459
    • McCarty CA, Zatzick D, Stein E, Wang J, Hilt R, Rivara FP & the Seattle Sports Concussion Research Collaborative
      Collaborative care for adolescents with persistent post-concussive symptoms: A randomized controlled trial
      Pediatrics , 2016 : 138(4)e20160459
    • Myers K, Vander Stoep A, Zhou C, McCarty CA, Katon W
      Effectiveness of a telehealth service delivery model for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a community-based randomized controlled trial.
      25791143 Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry , 2015 Apr, : 54(4)263-74 PMCID: PMC4406418
    • Yong M, Fleming CB, McCarty CA, Catalano RF
      Mediators of the Associations Between Externalizing Behaviors and Internalizing Symptoms in Late Childhood and Early Adolescence.
      25554717 The Journal of early adolescence , 2014 Oct. : 34(7)967-1000 PMCID: PMC4278649
    • Lee JS, McCarty CA, Ahrens KR, King KM, Vander Stoep A, and McCauley E
      Pubertal timing and adolescent substance use initiation
      Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions , 2014 : 14(3)
      doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2014.935648
    • Breland DJ, McCarty CA, Zhou C, McCauley E, Rockhill C, Katon W, Richardson LP
      Determinants of mental health service use among depressed adolescents
      General Hospital Psychiatry , 2014 : 42(5)693-699
      doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.796858
    • Adrian M., McCarty C, King K, McCauley E, & Vander Stoep A
      The internalizing pathway to adolescent substance use disorders: Mediation by ruminative reflection and ruminative brooding
      Journal of Adolescence , 2014 : 37(7)983-991 PMCID: PMC4171395
      doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.07.010
    • McCarty CA, Zatzick D, Stein E, Wang J, Hilt R, Rivara FP& the Seattle Sports Concussion Research Collaborative
      Collaborative care for adolescents with persistent post-concussive symptoms: A randomized controlled trial
      e20160459 Pediatrics , 2014 : 138(4)
    • McCarty CA, Violette HD, Duong MT, Cruz RA, McCauley, E
      A randomized trial of the positive thoughts and action program for depression among early adolescents.
      Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology , 2013 : 42(4)554-63 PMCID: PMC3702625
      10.1080/15374416.2013.782817
    • McCarty CA, Wymbs BT, Mason WA, King KM, McCauley E, Baer J, Vander Stoep A
      Early adolescent growth in depression and conduct problem symptoms as predictors of later substance use impairment
      Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology , 2013 : 411041-1051 PMCID: PMC3758408
      10.1007/s10802-013-9752-x
    • McCarty CA, Violette HD, Duong MT, Cruz RA, McCauley, E.
      A randomized trial of the positive thoughts and action program for depression among early adolescents
      Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology , 2013 : 42(4)554-63 PMCID: PMC3702625
      doi: 10.1080/15374416.2013.782817
    • McCarty CA, Violette HD, Duong MT, Cruz RA, McCauley, E
      A randomized trial of the positive thoughts and action program for depression among early adolescents
      Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology , 2013 : 42(4)554-63 PMCID: PMC3702625
      doi: 10.1080/15374416.2013.782817
    • Edelstein SB, Waterman J, Burge D, McCarty C, Prusak, J.
      TIES for adoption: A model to support the adoption of children who were prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs.
      In Barth RP, Freundlich M, Brodzinsky DM, eds. Adoption and prenatal substance exposure: Research, policy, and practice. , 2000 : Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America115-145
    • Weisz JR, Valeri S, McCarty CA, Moore PS.
      Interventions for depressed children and adolescents: Features, effects, and future directions.
      In Essau CA, Peterman F, eds. Depressive disorders in children and adolescents: Epidemiology, risk factors, and treatment. , 1999 : Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson383-435
    • Weisz JR, McCarty CA, Eastman KL, Chaiyasit W, Suwanlert S.
      Developmental Psychopathology and Culture: Ten Lessons from Thailand
      In Luthar SS, Burack JA, Cicchetti D, Weisz JR, eds. Developmental Psychopathology: Perspectives on Adjustment, Risk, and Disorder. : New York: Cambridge University Press; 1997: 568-592.

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Quality of life: mental wellness and neuroscience Science and Policy Summit, University of Washington Seattle, WA May 2014
    Adolescent development and substance use: understanding behavioral and neurocognitive influences on functioning Co-occurring Disorders Conference - Keynote Address Helena, MT May 2013
    Using Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Support Students School Nurse Organization of Washington Conference Seatac, WA March 2013
    CBT Skills and Techniques for School Nurses School Nurse Organization of Washington Conference Seatac, WA March 2013
    The Group Dynamic of Prevention and the Adolescent Brain Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency Boise, ID May 2012
    Longitudinal associations among obesity, alcohol use disorders, and depression in emerging adulthood International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Seattle, WA June 2009
    Pubertal status and parent communication as predictors of depressogenic adolescent cognitive styles Society for Research on Child Development Denver, CO April 2009
    Intrapersonal predictors of early adolescent substance initiation Society for Research on Adolescence Los Angeles, CA March 2009
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Delivering Patient-Centered Adolescent Preventive Care with Training and Technology Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2018
    Collaborative Care for adolescents with Post-Concussive Symptoms Seattle Children's Hospital Gift Fund Oct. 2014 - Jan. 2016
    Improving Teen Care through HIT Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Sept. 2014 - Sept. 2019
    Creating a Suicide Training Syllabus for Certain Educators Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Feb. 2014 - June 2014
    E-Health Screening and Feedback in Adolescent Primary Care Center for Child Health, Behavior & Development Stimulus Initiative Dec. 2013 - Sept. 2014
    Electronic assessment for adolescents study Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development Stimulus Initiative Jan. 2013 - Sept. 2013
    Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) July 2012 - June 2017
    The Role of Depression in Adolescent Alcohol Problems National Istitute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) April 2010 - March 2014
    The Effect of concurrent parental injury on the outcome of injured children Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Feb. 2010 - Jan. 2013
    Prevention of Depression within Salient Adolescent Contexts National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) Sept. 2009 - Aug. 2012
    Psychopathology and health risk behavior into adulthood National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) May 2009 - Feb. 2011
    Telemental Health to Improve Mental Health Care and Outcomes for Children in Underserved Areas National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) Sept. 2008 - Aug. 2013

Overview

Medical/Professional School

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Research Description

Dr. Cari McCarty is a research associate professor in the Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. She is also an adjunct research associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, and a member of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being. Dr. McCarty's research program is devoted to understanding and promoting behavioral health among adolescents. The goal of her research is to use knowledge of youth development to design, implement and test programs that will improve the lives and mental health of adolescents.

About My Work

http://www.teenhealthcheck.org

Research Focus Area

Behavioral / Mental Health