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 and the social-contextual determinants of health and mental health.
As a founding member, leader and faculty advisor of the “Public Health – Mental Health Connections” project, Dr. Dolan conducted a review of BUSPH’s activities in education, research and practice related to the intersection of public health and mental health (PHMH). 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. The resulting recommendations have been integrated into the development and growth of the BUSPH Certificate in Mental Health and Substance Use, which Dr. Dolan directs.
Dr. Dolan teaches Individual, Community and Population Health (PH720), Stress as a Public Health Problem (SB730), Mental Health and Public Health: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Perspective (SB780), Trauma, Trauma-informed Care, Recovery and Resilience (SB832) and Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (SB721). Dr. Dolan has earned several teaching awards.
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 and academics. Past projects include an independent research study evaluating the impact on mindfulness meditation on graduate students' wellness, and a project to develop teaching tools (including video and online components) for SB780 Mental Health and Public Health: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Perspective.
Dr. Dolan collaborated on BU MPH integrated core course redesign, in which she prepared course materials, piloted and successfully executed the delivery of the Individual, Community and Population Health course. She is now preparing this course to be delivered in online format.
Her research, publications and presentations have focused on stress and health in various contexts, including the effects of psychosocial factors and stress on cardiovascular health, and stress and coping in minority women. Dr. Dolan conducted program evaluation and data management in public health based projects on substance abuse, injury prevention and sexual assault for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. As research scientist with Walter Reed Medical Research Unit (Heidelberg, Germany), she conducted 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.
For 18 years and in 10 countries, Dr. Dolan taught undergraduate, graduate and online courses in psychology and research methods to military members and their families for the University of Maryland’s overseas division. In 2007, she was honored with the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award University of Maryland University College, which recognizes the highest teaching accomplishments of outstanding faculty members in the United States, Europe and Asia.