Steven B. Carswell
Degree: Ph.D., Sociology – Stratification and Social Inequality, American University
Dr. Carswell’s research focuses on the relationship between individual, social, and community risk and protective factors and the incidence and prevalence of youth and adult involvement in health-compromising behaviors. He has experience developing and evaluating preventive intervention programs aimed at preventing and/or reducing youth and adult involvement in delinquent and criminal activities, illicit substance use, and risky sexual behaviors. He conducts grant reviews for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and manuscript reviews for prominent journals. Currently, Dr. Carswell’s work is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of technology-based interventions designed to improve substance abuse treatment including software programs, web-based platforms, and mobile applications.
In his position as Vice President of FRI, and in collaboration with the President, Medical Director, and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Carswell is jointly responsible for the oversight and management of FRI. He assists in the development of short and long-term strategic plans, policies, and procedures to improve FRI’s research, clinical, and grants management infrastructure.
In addition, as Managing Partner of COG Analytics (COG), a research and technology company formed in partnership with FRI, Dr. Carswell is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the small business. COG Analytics specializes in the development of research, clinical, and consumer-based technology products designed to improve public health and reduce health disparities.
Gordon, M.S., Carswell, S.B., Peters, E.N., Tangires, S., Kinlock, T.W., Vocci, F.J., & Restivo, L. (in press). Avatar assisted therapy: A novel technology-based Intervention to treat substance use disorders. In Pam Lassiter (ed.), Annual Review of Addictions and Offender Counseling: Best Practices III (p x-x). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers.
Gordon, M.S., Carswell, S.B., Wilson, M., Kinlock, T.W., McKenzie, M., & Rich, J. (in press). Factors associated with receiving rapid HIV testing among individuals on probation or parole. Journal of Correctional Healthcare.
Carswell, S.B., Hanlon, T.E., O'Grady, K.E., & Watts, A. (2014). Correlates of risky sexual activity for urban African American youth in an alternative education program. Education and Urban Society, 46(6), 631-652.
Carswell, S.B., Hanlon, T.E., Watts, A., & O’Grady, K.E. (2014). Prevention-related research targeting African American alternative education program students. Education and Urban Society, 46(4), 434-449. doi:10.1177/0013124512458119.
Carswell, S.B., Hanlon, T.E., O’Grady, K.E., Watts, A., & Pothong, P. (2009). A preventive intervention program for urban African American youth attending an alternative education program: Background, implementation, and feasibility. Education and Treatment of Children, 32(3), 445-469. [PMCID: PMC2801878]
Hanlon, T.E., Simon, B.D., O’Grady, K.E., Carswell, S.B., & Callaman, J.M. (2009). The effectiveness of an after-school program targeting urban African American youth. Education and Urban Society, 42(1), 96-118. [PMCID: PMC2840398]
Carswell, S.B. (2007). Delinquency Among African American Youth: Parental Attachment, Socioeconomic Status, and Peer Relationships. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.
Carswell, S.B., & Carswell, M. A. (2007). Meeting the physical, psychological, and social needs of African Americans following a disaster. In A. Marsella, J. Johnson, P. Watson, & J. Gryczynski (Eds.), Ethnocultural Perspectives on Disaster and Trauma: Foundations, Issues, and Applications (pp. 39-71). New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
Hanlon, T.E., Carswell, S.B., & Rose, M. (2007). Research on the caretaking of children of incarcerated parents: Findings and their service delivery implications. Children and Youth Services Review, 29, 348-362. [PMCID: PMC2031863]
Hanlon, T.E., Bateman, R.W., O’Grady, K.E., Simon, B.D., & Carswell, S.B. (2004). Antecedents and correlates of deviant activity in urban youth manifesting behavioral problems. Journal of Primary Prevention, 24, 285-310.
Battjes, R.J. & Carswell, S.B. (2002). Federal drug abuse treatment research priorities. In C. Leukefeld, F. Tims, & D. Farabee (Eds.), Clinical and policy responses to drug offenders (pp. 348-361). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.Hanlon, T.E., Bateman, R.W., Simon, B.D., O’Grady, K.E., & Carswell, S.B. (2002). An early community-based intervention for the prevention of substance abuse and other delinquent behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 31, 459-471.