Karen Appleyard Carmody, PhD, serves as the Director of Early Childhood Prevention Programs for the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH). She is a licensed psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her clinical and research expertise is in infant mental health, child-parent attachment, early childhood trauma and maltreatment, and evidence-based practices to address these issues. She is a co-Principal Investigator on CCFH’s SAMHSA LAUNCH grant, working to enhance Durham's early childhood system of care through the Responsive Early Access for Durham's Young Children (READY) project. Dr. Appleyard Carmody directs three evidence-based home visiting programs: Family Connects Durham, Healthy Families Durham, and the Durham Early Head Start Home-Based Program. She also has significant experience providing trauma treatment to children and families. Additionally, Dr. Appleyard Carmody is engaged in several program evaluation and dissemination projects for evidence-based practices for young children who have experienced trauma and early adversity, including Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Dr. Appleyard Carmody also is engaged at the state and national level, serving on the North Carolina Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association Board of Directors (Vice President), the NC Think Babies Leadership Team, the American Psychological Association's Division 37 Section on Child Maltreatment Board (President), and the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative research council.
Education and Training
- Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2005