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Karen Appleyard Carmody, PhD

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Developmental Neuroscience
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Office: Center for Child and Family He, 1121 W Chapel Hill St. Suite 1, Durham, NC 27701
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 104424, Durham, NC 27708-4424

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 assistant 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. Dr. Appleyard Carmody currently directs three evidence-based home visiting programs: Durham Connects, 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, as well as on the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative research council.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2005

Publications

Berlin, Lisa J., Tiffany L. Martoccio, Karen Appleyard Carmody, W Benjamin Goodman, Karen O’Donnell, Janis Williams, Robert A. Murphy, and Kenneth A. Dodge. “Can typical US home visits affect infant attachment? Preliminary findings from a randomized trial of Healthy Families Durham.” Attach Hum Dev 19, no. 6 (December 2017): 559–79. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2017.1339359.

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Zvara, B. J., R. Mills-Koonce, K. A. Carmody, M. Cox, and M. The Family Life Project Key Investigators. “Maternal Childhood Sexual Trauma and Child Conduct Problems.” Journal of Family Violence 32, no. 2 (February 1, 2017): 231–42. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-016-9876-1.

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Zvara, B. J., W. R. Mills-Koonce, K. Appleyard Carmody, M. Cox, and M. Family Life Project Key Investigators. “Childhood sexual trauma and subsequent parenting beliefs and behaviors.” Child Abuse Negl 44 (June 2015): 87–97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.01.012.

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Carmody, K. A., M. E. Haskett, J. Loehman, and R. A. Rose. “Physically Abused Children’s Adjustment at the Transition to School: Child, Parent, and Family Factors.” Journal of Child and Family Studies 24, no. 4 (January 1, 2015): 957–69. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-014-9906-7.

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Murphy, Robert A., Holli E. Sink, George S. Ake, Karen Appleyard Carmody, Lisa M. Amaya-Jackson, and Ernestine C. Briggs. “Predictors of treatment completion in a sample of youth who have experienced physical or sexual trauma.” J Interpers Violence 29, no. 1 (January 2014): 3–19. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260513504495.

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Berlin, Lisa J., Meghan Shanahan, and Karen Appleyard Carmody. “PROMOTING SUPPORTIVE PARENTING IN NEW MOTHERS WITH SUBSTANCE-USE PROBLEMS: A PILOT RANDOMIZED TRIAL OF RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PLUS AN ATTACHMENT-BASED PARENTING PROGRAM.” Infant Mental Health Journal 35, no. 1 (January 2014): 81–85. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21427.

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Fairbank, John, Ernestine Briggs-King, K. A. Carmody, Johanna Greeson, and Brianna Woods. “Resilience in children.” In Facilitating Resilience and Recovery Following Trauma, edited by Lori A. Zoellner and Norah C. Feeny, 91–112. New York: Guilford Press, 2013.

Scholars@Duke

Appleyard, Karen, Lisa J. Berlin, Katherine D. Rosanbalm, and Kenneth A. Dodge. “Preventing early child maltreatment: implications from a longitudinal study of maternal abuse history, substance use problems, and offspring victimization.” Prev Sci 12, no. 2 (June 2011): 139–49. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-010-0193-2.

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Mills-Koonce, W Roger, Karen Appleyard, Melissa Barnett, Min Deng, Martha Putallaz, and Martha Cox. “Adult Attachment Style and Stress as Risk Factors for Early Maternal Sensitivity and Negativity.” Infant Ment Health J 32, no. 3 (May 1, 2011): 277–85. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.20296.

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Berlin, Lisa J., Karen Appleyard, and Kenneth A. Dodge. “Intergenerational continuity in child maltreatment: mediating mechanisms and implications for prevention.” Child Dev 82, no. 1 (January 2011): 162–76. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01547.x.

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