Catherine W. Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE
Research Associate Professor
Director, Master of Science in Epidemiology Program
Director, Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology Program
Catherine Woodstock Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE received the Master of Social Work in 1989 and the Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 where she was a National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH) predoctoral fellow. The National Institute on Drug Addiction (R03) funded her dissertation research. She completed the Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Washington University School of Medicine in 2004 and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Epidemiology and Biostatistics funded by NIH in the Department of Psychiatry in 2005. She was a faculty member in that department from 2005 to June of 2011. As a psychiatric epidemiologist, Dr. Striley conducts community-engaged research that aims to increase community members’ recognition of need for health screening, mental health and behavioral health services and to decrease barriers to those services. She has extensive training and experience in community engaged research, including recruitment and retention of diverse community members, and in drug use, abuse and misuse epidemiology. She is Co-Director of HealthStreet, a Community Health Worker (CHW) powered research site.
She has been a co-investigator on many community-engaged NIH-funded studies conducted by Dr. Linda Cottler among community members, out-of-treatment drug users and women in the criminal justice system. With regards to research in drug use disorder epidemiology, Dr. Striley is one of the few researchers who has conducted research in caffeine and energy drink misuse. She is also researching the epidemiology of movement disorders including Tourette Disorder, Dystonia and Essential Tremor.
Dr. Striley has been very involved in training in ethical research conduct and accountability. She was funded by the Office of Research Integrity to plan and co-direct the First Biannual Responsible Conduct of Research Education Instruction and Training conference at Washington University and was funded by the ORI to run a regional conference on Mentoring for the Responsible Conduct of Research. She currently teaches Population Health in Medicine, Psychiatric Epidemiology, and Research Ethics for Population Health and mentors PhD and MPH students as well as Fogarty Fellows. She is the program director for the Master of Science in Epidemiology and the Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology programs.