Charles R. Carlson, Ph.D., ABPP

Robert H. & Anna B. Culton Endowed Professor
Department of Psychology
UK College of Arts & Sciences
209 Kastle Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0044
Office: (859) 257-4394
Link to CV: Carlson




Charles R. Carlson, Ph.D., ABPP, was appointed the Robert H. and Anna B. Culton Endowed Professor in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women in 2008. He held his appointment with CRVAW and his tenure as a Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky until his partial retirement in in July of 2020. Since 1988, he has been a member of the Department of Psychology and holds joint appointments in the Division of Oral Health Science in the College of Dentistry and the Department of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1983. Dr. Carlson recently completed his second term as the chair of the Department of Psychology and serves as the Director of Behavioral Medicine and Research at the Orofacial Pain Center in the University’s College of Dentistry. Dr. Carlson is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been awarded the diplomate in clinical health psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.


Teaching Interests

Developmental psychology, psychology of leadership, and clinical health psychology


Areas of Research Interest

My research interests over the past 25 years have focused on the use of self-regulation skills for the management of pain and anxiety disorders, with a particular emphasis on pain in trigeminally-mediated regions. More recently, I developed a program of research examining risk factors for underage alcohol use and the role of religious and spiritual issues. I have also begun a program of research incorporating self-regulatory strategies to improve women's effectiveness in managing high risk confrontations.



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