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Bonnie Carlson


University of Michigan, B.A
University of Michigan, M.A
University of Michigan, Ph.D

School of Social Work, Downtown Campus
Mail Code 3920

411 N. Central, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689

Contact Information
Office: UCENT 719
Phone: 602-496-0079

Bonnie E. Carlson received her MSW from the University of Michigan in 1974. In 1980 she received her Ph.D. degree in Developmental Psychology and Social Work from the University of Michigan. Her research has focused on all types of family violence and substance abuse. She has completed studies on children of abused women and the effects on children of witnessing domestic violence; dating violence; a comparison of the effects of child abuse and witnessing domestic violence on adolescents; domestic violence victims with mental retardation; the health and mental health consequences of intimate partner violence; public attitudes and beliefs about domestic violence; the impact of sibling incest on adult survivors; substance abusing mothers in the child welfare system; and the trauma histories of drug-abusing women.

Research Interests:

  • Substance-Abusing Mothers

  • Meditation as an Intervention For Substance Abusers 

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence

Recent Publications:

  • Carlson, B. E. & Larkin, H. (2009).  Meditation as a coping intervention for treatment of addiction.  Journal of Research and Spirituality and Social Work:  Social Thought, 28,379-392.
  • Carlson, B. E. (2010).  Intimate partner violence in health care settings.  Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, 2, 315-338.
  • Carlson, B. E. (2011).  Sibling incest: Adjustment in adult women survivors.  Families in Society, 92 (1).
  • Cacciatore, J., Carlson, B. E., Michaelis, E., Klimek, B., & Steffens, S. (2011).  Crisis intervention by social workers in fire departments:  An innovative role for social workers.  Social Work. 56 (1), 81-88.
  • Carlson, B. E., & Shafer, M. (2010).  Traumatic histories and stressful life events of incarcerated parents I:  Childhood and adult trauma histories.  The Prison Journal, 90 (4), 475-493.
  • Carlson, B. E., Shafer, M., & Duffee, D. (2010). Traumatic histories and stressful life events of incarcerated parents II:  Gender and ethnic differences in substance abuse and service needs.  The Prison Journal, 90 (4), 494-515.
  • Carlson, B. E. (2008). Intimate partner violence. In C. M. Renzetti and J. L. Edleson (Eds) The encyclopedia of interpersonal violence, Volume 1, (pp. 371-375). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Carlson, B. E. (2009). Intervention and treatment for survivors of abusive relationships. In J. Conte (Ed.), Encyclopedia of trauma and abuse.
  • Carlson, B. E. (2009).  Intervention and treatment for survivors of abusive relationships.  In J. Conte (Ed.), Encyclopedia of trauma and abuse.
  • Ramos, B., Carlson, B., Kulkarni, S. (2010). Culturally competent practice with Latinas. In L. L.  Lockhart & F. S. Danis (Eds.), Domestic violence: Intersectionality and culturally competent practice (pp. 209-321). New York:  Columbia University Press.
  • Carlson, B. E., (2011). Violence and its effects. . In N. Heller & A. Gitterman (Eds),  Mental health and social problems:  A social work perspective.  Routledge.

Achievements and Pursuits
University at Albany, SUNY, President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, l990-91

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers

  • Council on Social Work Education


Research Activity