Carol A. Dolan, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

MA, Bowie State College
MA, University of North Carolina
PhD, University of North Carolina



Carol A. Dolan, Ph.D. is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) where she focuses on the social and behavioral sciences, social-contextual determinants, and mental health. Her courses include Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (SB721), Stress as a Public Health Problem (SB730), and Mental Health and Public Health: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Perspective (SB780). In 2016, Dr. Dolan will launch a new course, Social Factors: A Contextual Framework for Public Health Research and Practice.

As a working member of the “Public Health – Mental Health Connections” project, Dr. Dolan collaborates with students, faculty and staff to assess and evaluate BUSPH’s activities in education, research and practice related to the intersection of public health and mental health. Her past research, publications and presentations have focused on stress and health in various contexts, including the effects of psychosocial factors and stress on cardiovascular health, stress and coping in minority women. Specifically, Dr. Dolan conducted program evaluation and data management in public health based projects on substance abuse, injury prevention and sexual assault. She also served as a research scientist with Walter Reed Research Unit (Heidelberg, Germany) conducting quantitative and qualitative research examining the physical and psychological effects of stress among deployed military members. Her work also includes counseling experience with military members and families, with a focus on how deployments and trauma affect family members. Dr. Dolan has over ten years experiencing teaching undergraduate and graduate level online courses. Further, with the University of Maryland’s overseas division, she taught psychology and research courses to military members and their families in 10 countries.

A vital aspect of Dr. Dolan’s work as a clinical faculty member is mentoring MPH students who have an interest in public health and mental health research (PHMH) and academics. Past projects include an independent research study evaluating the impact on mindfulness medication on graduate students' wellness, and a project to development teaching tools (including video and online components) for SB780 Mental Health and Public Health: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Perspective. Currently, she is working on a student-faculty collaboration to evaluate the PHMH connection across Boston University’s School of Public Health. This project includes a qualitative assessment of current PHMH resources and research, development of a plan to leverage existing PHMH resources, and convening of professional development groups for students seeking careers in PHMH.

Currently, Dr. Dolan serves as the department representative for the SPH Education Committee, Faculty Liaison for the CHS Student Advisory Council, and member of the Task Force working on the new MPH Integrated Core Course: Individual, Community and Population Health.
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Dolan, C.A., & Ender, M. G. . The coping paradox: Work, stress, and coping in the U.S. Army. Military Psychology. 2008; 20(3):151-169.
  2. Dolan CA, Adler AB. Military hardiness as a buffer of psychological health on return from deployment. Mil Med. 2006 Feb; 171(2):93-8. PMID: 16578974.
  3. Huffman, A.H. Adler, A.B., Dolan, C.A. & Castro, C.A. The impact of operations tempo on turnover intentions of Army personnel. Military Psychology. 2005; 17:175-202..
  4. Dolan, C.A., Adler, A.B., Thomas, J.L. & Castro, C.A. . Operations tempo and soldier health: The moderating effect of wellness behaviors. Military Psychology. 2005; 17:157-174.
  5. Light KC, Dolan CA, Davis MR, Sherwood A. Cardiovascular responses to an active coping challenge as predictors of blood pressure patterns 10 to 15 years later. Psychosom Med. 1992 Mar-Apr; 54(2):217-30. PMID: 1565757.
  6. Sherwood A, Davis MR, Dolan CA, Light KC. Cardiovascular reactivity assessment: effects of choice of difficulty on laboratory task responses. Int J Psychophysiol. 1992 Jan; 12(1):87-94. PMID: 1740406.
  7. Dolan CA, Sherwood A, Light KC. Cognitive coping strategies and blood pressure responses to real-life stress in healthy young men. Health Psychol. 1992; 11(4):233-40. PMID: 1396491.
  8. Sherwood A, Dolan CA, Light KC. Hemodynamics of blood pressure responses during active and passive coping. Psychophysiology. 1990 Nov; 27(6):656-68. PMID: 2100351.
  9. Dolan, C.A. & White, J.W. Issues of consistency and effectiveness in coping with daily stress. Journal of Research in Personality. 1988; 22:395-407.

This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 9 publications over 6 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 1992

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