Catherine Woodstock Striley, PhD, MSW, ACSW, MPE

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Dr. Catherine W. Striley
Department of Epidemiology
College of Public Health and Health Professions
College of Medicine
University of Florida
2004 Mowry Road, Room 4237
Campus Box 100231
Gainesville, FL 32610-0231
Phone: 352-273-5359
Website: Department of Epidemiology Profile


Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida
Director, Master of Science in Epidemiology Program
Director, Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology Program


BA, Political Science, University of Missouri at Kansas City
MSW, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Predoctoral training in Mental Health Services Research (Proctor, EK, PI, MH-T32-19960)
PhD, Social Work, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Postdoctoral training in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Cottler, LB PI; MH-T32-17104)
MPE, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

As a psychiatric epidemiologist, Dr Striley conducts community-engaged research that aims to increase the recognition of need for behavioral, neurological and mental health treatment and decrease barriers to that treatment. Dr. Striley’s research has covered a number of drug use and mental health disorders among community members.  She is one of the few researchers who has conducted research in caffeine and energy drink misuse. Current work with PhD students includes evaluating comorbidity between cardiovascular problems and marijuana use; and contemporaneous behavioral problems with prescription stimulants, sedatives and opioids.  She is Co-Director of HealthStreet, a community health worker (CHW) powered research site, and has published a variety of findings from that work, stressing the comorbidity among behavioral and mental health problems and looking at risk factors for opportunities to intervene to increase treatment seeking and receipt.  She is currently testing a CHW intervention to reduce readmission among clinic patients, assuming that behavioral and mental health symptoms may be complicating chronic disease management.  Other funded research includes case finding for Tourette Disorder among Haitians and comorbidity with substance use and mental health disorders among persons with Tourette Syndrome Disorder, Dystonia and Essential Tremor.  She co-developed a screening tool for Tourette’s using a video-enhanced screening survey with Dr. Kevin Black at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  Wave 1 of a longitudinal study of depression, PTSD and other chronic diseases among Haitians was recently completed with Co-PIs Cottler and Vaddiparti.  With extensive training and experience in community engaged research, she has also published methodological and ethical papers, including findings on the recruitment and retention of diverse community members.

Recent Publications

  • Dunne EM, Striley CWMannes ZL, Asken BM, Ennis Formerly Whitehead N, Cottler LBReasons for Prescription Opioid Use While Playing in the National Football League as Risk Factors for Current Use and Misuse Among Former Players. Clin J Sport Med. 2018 Jun 28. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000628. PMID: 29933284
  • Lee J, Striley CW, Custodero C, Rocha HA, Salloum RG. Association of pleasant sensations at cigarette smoking initiation with subsequent tobacco product use among U.S. adolescentsAddict. Behav. 2018 Oct 6;89:151-155. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.10.003. PMID:  30316140
  • Reid AM, Guzick AG, Fernandez AG, Deacon B, McNamara JPH, Geffken GR, McCarty R, Striley CWExposure therapy for youth with anxiety: Utilization rates and predictors of implementation in a sample of practicing clinicians from across the United States. J Anxiety Disord. 2018 Jun 18;58:8-17. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2018.06.002. PMID: 29929139
  • Serdarevic M, Gurka KKStriley CWVaddiparti KCottler LBPrevalence of Concurrent Prescription Opioid and Hazardous Alcohol Use Among Older Women: Results from a Cross-Sectional Study of Community MembersJ Community Health. 2018 Aug 25. doi: 10.1007/s10900-018-0569-y. PMID: 30145703
  • Webb FJ, Khubchandani J, Striley CWCottler LBBlack-White Differences in Willingness to Participate and Perceptions About Health Research: Results from the Population-Based HealthStreet Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2018 Mar 30. doi: 10.1007/s10903-018-0729-2 . PMID: 29603088
  • Osborne V, Striley CW, Nixon SJ, Winterstein AG, Cottler LBSex differences in patterns of prescription opioid non-medical use among 10-18 year olds in the USAddiction Behav. 2018 Oct 9;89:163-171. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.10.009. PMID: 30316142 
  • Reid AM, Bolshakova MI, Guzick AG, Fernandez AG, Striley CW, Geffken GR, McNamara JP. Common Barriers to the Dissemination of Exposure Therapy for Youth with Anxiety Disorders. Community Ment Health J. 2017 May;53(4):432-437. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0108-9. Epub 2017 Feb 8. PMID: 28181093
  • Serdarevic M, Osborne V, Striley CWCottler LBThe association between insomnia and prescription opioid use: results from a community sample in Northeast Florida. Sleep Health. 2017 Oct;3(5):368-372. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.07.007. Epub 2017 Aug 10. PMID: 28923194
  • Serdarevic M, Striley CWCottler LBSex differences in prescription opioid use. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2017 Jul;30(4):238-246. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000337. PMID: 28426545

See more publications at Dr. Striley’s Department Profile Publications.