Heather Carmichael Olson, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

On staff since February 2005

Academic Title: Clinical Professor

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."

  • Other 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.
      19572986 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.
      19327965 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.
      19342189 Magnetic resonance imaging, 2009 July : 760-78
    • Olson HC, Oti R, Gelo J, Beck S
      "Family matters:" fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the family.
      19731388 Developmental disabilities research reviews, 2009 : 235-49
    • 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.
      19329824 The Canadian journal of clinical pharmacology = Journal canadien de pharmacologie clinique, 2009 : e178-201
    • Jirikowic T, Kartin D, Olson HC
      Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a descriptive profile of adaptive function.
      18975670 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.
      18846892 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.
      17463241 Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR, 2007 April : 459-74
    • Bonthius DJ, Olson HC, Thomas JD
      Proceedings of the 2006 annual meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group.
      17157721 Alcohol (Fayetteville, N.Y.), 2006 Aug. : 61-5

  • 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

Overview

Medical/Professional School

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