Carol S. Fullerton, Ph.D. is Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine (USUHS), Bethesda, Maryland. She is the Scientific Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), an interdisciplinary Center with an established an International reputation for research, education and consultation on the effects of terrorism, bioterrorism, trauma, disasters, and war on individuals, communities and groups.
Dr Fullerton was educated at Alfred University, New York, and did her graduate work in Psychology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Fullerton’s research and consultation to disaster populations was recognized by the awarding of the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal in 1990, and the USUHS Exceptional Service Medal in 1993. Dr. Fullerton is the 2005 recipient of the James Leonard Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, USUHS. Dr. Fullerton’s research on the acute and long term effects of trauma exposure on disaster workers was selected as the feature article for the August 2004 volume of one of the most prestigious journals in psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr. Fullerton and her group established the Military and Disaster Psychiatry Fellowship, an International program to train psychiatrists and other mental health providers. Under her leadership the Department of Psychiatry also established the Clinical Scientist Training Program in Disaster Psychiatry at USUHS.
Dr. Fullerton is widely published in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder and the behavioral and psychological effects of terrorism, bioterrorism, traumatic events and disasters, and combat. Dr. Fullerton has over 100 publications. She is editor or co-author on 5 books: Bioterrorism: Psychological and Public Health Interventions (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Terrorism and Disaster: Individual and Community Mental Health Interventions (Cambridge University Press, 2003); Mental Health and Mass Violence: Evidence Based Early Psychological Intervention for Victims/Survivors of Mass Violence (National Institute of Health Publication No. 02-5138, 2002); Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Acute and Chronic (American Psychiatric Association Press, 1997); and Individual and Community Responses to Trauma and Disaster: The Structure of Human Chaos (Cambridge University Press, 1994). Dr. Fullerton’s articles are frequently cited because of the contributions to developing response capabilities to terrorism, bioterrorism, disaster, and war.
Dr. Fullerton Co-directed two International conferences that resulted in two published monographs that were widely circulated in congress and served as the basis for congressional recommendations for the nation’s security: Planning for Bioterrorism: Behavior & Mental Health Responses to Weapons of Mass Weapons of Mass Destruction & Mass Disruption (DTIC: 142, 2000); and Responses to Terrorism & Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Planning for Biological Events (2001).
Dr. Fullerton has conducted empirical investigations and provided consultation to the following disaster and traumatic events: Ramstein Air Force Base air show crash; Norton Air Force Base cargo plane crash; USS Iowa gun turret explosion; United Flight 232 DC-10 crash, Sioux City, Iowa; Armenian earthquake; Operation Desert Storm; the USNS Comfort Desert Storm deployments; Typhoon Ohmar; Hurricane Andrew; dentists following Waco disaster; 9/11 Pentagon personnel; USNS Comfort 9/11 deployment; DC Sniper attacks; motor vehicle accidents; effect of terrorism on State Department Officers and families; the effects of the 2004 Florida hurricanes on the FL Department of Health; and the 2004 South East Asia Tsunami.
Dr. Fullerton and her group are at the forefront of public health policy planning for terrorism, and bioterrorism. Her work has been widely cited in government planning and Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Sciences reports addressing these issues. She was a national consultant for planning research programs following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Dr. Fullerton and her group developed educational materials that were some of the most widely disseminated throughout the nation to assist populations exposed to the September 11th attacks.
Dr. Fullerton’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the United States Army, the United States Air Force, CDC, SAMSHA, NIOSH and other national foundations and agencies.