Cindy Carlson

Cindy Carlson

Professor & Department Chair

School Psychology


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 504G
Monday - Friday: by appt.
You are welcome to stop by any time for brief questions. To schedule an appointment, please contact Jena Crim or email me directly.

(512) 471-4155

(512) 471-1288

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Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Dr. Carlson serves as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. She is the Associate Editor of Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. Her leadership expertise is evident in the numerous governance positions she has held within the American Psychological Association (APA). She is an APA Fellow in Division 16 (School Psychology) and Division 43 (Family Psychology), and past-President of both Divisions. Her research primarily focuses on the home-school partnership and family-centered treatment.

Dr. Carlson is active in current healthcare reform endeavors, particularly in the implementation of the medical home model. She is the Principle Investigator of the Integrated Behavioral Health Psychology (IBHP) Program, which integrates primary care, mental health, and substance abuse services for people and families with multiple healthcare needs. The IBHP Program prepares doctoral-level students in UT’s Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology programs to provide evidence-based behavioral health services to underserved populations in community health settings. Please visit the Integrated Behavioral Health Psychology Program website for more information about trainings, resources, and research opportunities.


B.A., DePauw University, 1971

M.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, 1978

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1982

Clinical Internship, Memphis Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium Training Program (APA accredited), University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Department of Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry, 1981-1982

Representative Publications

Rozensky, R. H., Grus, C. L., Nutt, R. L., Carlson, C., Eisman, E., & Nelson, P. D. (in press). A taxonomy for education and training in the health service specialties in professional psychology: Evolution and implementation of new guidelines for a common language. American Psychologist.

Alvarez, K., Marroquin, Y. A., Sandoval, L., & Carlson, C. (2014). Integrated health care best practices and culturally and linguistically competent care: Practitioner perspectives. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36(2), 99-114.

Alvarez, K., Walsh, E., Valentine, C., Smith, C., & Carlson, C. (2013). Emerging areas of systems expertise for family psychologists in Federally Qualified Health Centers. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 2(3), 192-208.

Carlson, C. I., Ross, S. G., & Stark, K. H. (2012). Evidence-based case study research in couple and family psychology. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1(1), 48-60.

Carlson, C. I., DeHay, T., & Reeves, S. (in press). Assessing intergenerational care needs. In R. C. Talley, N. Henkin, & D. Butts (Eds.). Intergenerational Caregiving. Rosalynn Carter Institute Book Series on Caregiving, Oxford University Press.

Recent Awards

2007 Distinguished Service Award, Division 43 (Family Psychology), American Psychological Association.

2005 Distinguished Service Award, Division 16 (School Psychology), American Psychological Association.

2005 Outstanding Graduate Adviser, University of Texas at Austin.

Current Research Projects and Grants

2013-2016: Principle Investigator, “Integrated Behavioral Health Program in Primary Care for Underserved Populations.” Graduate Psychology Education Program, Health Resources & Services Administration, $418,300.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Carlson researches the efficacy of family assessment, treatment, and intervention. She also examines family-peer-school linkages. More broadly, Dr. Carlson is interested in integrated behavioral health, attachment theory, and consultation theories and processes.