Matt Carlson

Matt Carlson
Research Assistant Professor (Faculty) 402-472-3134
Personal Information

Matthew is married to Stephanie and they have one son, Leroy, as well as two dogs. Matthew enjoys exercising, reading, and family time.


B.S., University of Kentucky, Family Sciences (2011)

M.S., University of Kentucky, Family Sciences (Emphasis: Marriage and Family Therapy; 2013)

Ph.D., University of Georgia, Human Development and Family Science (Emphasis: Marriage and Family Therapy; 2018)

Areas of Interest: 
  • Child maltreatment, specifically child sexual abuse
  • Adolescent development
  • Sexual revictimization
  • Health risk behaviors
  • Stress-related psychophysiological processes
  • Family and community contextual factors
  • Advanced statistical modeling
  • Interventions with at-risk populations
Professional Activities & Community Service: 
  • Ad hoc reviewer for Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Development, Child Maltreatment, Substance Use and Misuse
  • Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Council on Family Relations
  • Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia (License No. AMFT000452, Active)
Projects Involved in at CCFL:
Presentations & Publications: 

Carlson, M. W. & Oshri, A. (in press). Depressive symptom trajectories among sexually abused youth: Examining the effects of parental perpetration and age of abuse onset. Child Maltreatment.


Oshri, A., Duprey, E.B., Kogan, S., Carlson, M. W., & Liu, S. (in press). Growth patterns of future orientation among maltreated youth: A prospective examination of the emergence of resilience. Developmental Psychology.


Carlson, M. W. & Hans, J. (in press). Maximizing benefits and minimizing detriments: Dual-earner couples’ division of household labor. Journal of Family Studies.


Oshri, A., Carlson, M. W., Bord, S., & Zeichner, A. (2017). Alcohol-impaired driving: The influence of adverse rearing environments, alcohol, cannabis use and the moderating role of anxiety. Substance Use and Misuse, 52(4), 1-11.


Oshri, A., Carlson, M. W., Kwon, J. A., Zeichner, A., & Wickrama, K. A. S. (2017). Developmental growth patterns of self-esteem in adolescence: Associations with child neglect and drug use in young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(1), 151-164. doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0483-5


Carlson, M. W., Oed, M., & Bermudez, M. (2017). Satir's communication stances and pursue–withdraw cycles: An enhanced Emotionally Focused Therapy framework of couple interaction. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 16 (3), 253-270.


Oshri, A., Topple, T., & Carlson, M. W. (2017). Positive youth development and resilience: Growth patterns of social skills among youth investigated for maltreatment. Child Development, 88 (4), 1087-1099.  


Arnold, A., Carlson, M. W., Grimsely, R., & Cenizal, R. (2016). An integrated approach to relationship education: Supporting human services providers to strengthen individuals and families. Families in Society, 97(1), 32-40.


Carlson, M. W., Oshri, A., & Kwon, J. (2015). Child maltreatment and risk behaviors: The roles of callous/unemotional traits and conscientiousness. Child Abuse & Neglect, 50, 234-243.