Whitney Carlson, MD

Personal Statement

I have a passion for treating geriatric patients with new onset and longstanding mental health disorders and cognitive disorders. My primary interests are depression and psychotic disorders, especially when these symptoms overlap with cognitive disorders. I value sharing in the life histories of patients and families, the challenging complexity of medical issues as they interact with psychiatric presentations and assisting patients and families in discussions about advanced care planning and end of life issues. I have particular expertise in working with those living in long term care settings where I have done consultation work. I have recently joined Harborview’s ethics committee in order to participate in examining difficult clinical, social, and ethical situations which affect patients, families, and staff within the medical system.


Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Washington, 2004-2005
Psychiatry Residency, University of Michigan, 1999-2003
Medical School, MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 1994-1999

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Recent Publications

Psychiatric care of the older adult: an overview for primary care.
(2014 Sep)
Med Clin North Am 98(5): 1145-68
DeMers S, Dinsio K, Carlson W

Community treatment of older adults: principles and evidence supporting mental health service interventions.
(2014 Aug)
Clin Geriatr Med 30(3): 655-61
Carlson WL, Snowden M

Suicide in later life: failed treatment or rational choice?
(2014 Aug)
Clin Geriatr Med 30(3): 553-76
Carlson WL, Ong TD

Effect of physical activity, social support, and skills training on late-life emotional health: a systematic literature review and implications for public health research.
Front Public Health 2(): 213
Snowden MB, Steinman LE, Carlson WL, Mochan KN, Abraido-Lanza AF, Bryant LL, Duffy M, Knight BG, Jeste DV, Leith KH, Lenze EJ, Logsdon RG, Satariano WA, Zweiback DJ, Anderson LA

Improving treatment for depression in the nursing home population: integrating the model of the depression care manager.
(2007 May-Jun)
Harv Rev Psychiatry 15(3): 128-32
Carlson WL, Snowden M

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