Michigan State University

College of Social Science

Human Development Initiative

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Carlson John Carlson
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

Research Statement
Research in the Carlson laboratory examines the utility of medical and psychological interventions for childhood mental health problems. This has included single-case research studies on behavioral consultation and pharmacological treatments. He is also interested in studying wellness in school-aged children and the impact of school, family, and community variables on successful academic and social functioning. Other interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, assessment of childhood anxiety disorders, and treatment of selective mutism.

Research Publications    
2009Pham, A. V., Carlson, J. S., & Kosciulek, J. F. (in press). Ethnic differences in parental beliefs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and treatment. Journal of Attention Disorders.
2009Hirsch, A. J., Carlson, J. S., & Crowl, A. L. (in press). Promoting positive developmental outcomes in sexual minority youth through best practices in clinic-school consultation. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.
2009Baker, J. A., Clark, T. P., Crowl, A., & Carlson, J. S. (in press). The influence of authoritative teaching on children’s school adjustment: Are children with behavioral problems differentially affected? School Psychology International.
2008Segool, N. K., & Carlson, J. S. (2008). Efficacy of cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological treatments for children with social anxiety. Depression and Anxiety, 25, 620-631.
2008Carlson, J. S., Mitchell, A. D., & Segool, N. (2008). The current state of empirical support for the pharmacological treatment of selective mutism. School Psychology Quarterly, 23, 354-372.