Catherine Woodstock Striley, PhD, MSW, MPE

Contact information

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
FAX 352-273-5365


Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
CoDirector, HealthStreet and Community Engagement Programs
Director, Master of Science in Epidemiology program
Director, Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology program

Research Summary

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.


1989: Master of Social Work, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis;
1998-2002: Predoctoral training in Mental Health Services Research (Proctor, EK, PI, MH-T32-19960);
2002: Ph.D. (Social Work), Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis; 
2002 – 2005: Postdoctoral training in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Cottler, LB PI; MH-T32-17104);
2004: Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Washington University School of Medicine.

Current Research Focus

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

Khan SR, Cottler LB, Striley CW.  Correlates of use of alcohol mixed with energy drinks among youth across 10 US metropolitan areas.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2016; 163:236-241.
Striley CW, Khan SR.  Review of the energy drink literature from 2013: Findings continue to support most risk from mixing with alcohol. Current Opinion in Psychiatry July 2014; 27(4): 263-268.
Striley CW, Hughes JR, Griffiths R, Juliano L, Budney AJ.  A critical examination of the Caffeine Provisions.  Journal of Caffeine Research 2013; 3(3)1-7.
Wang Y, Cottler LB, Striley CW. Differentiating patterns of prescription stimulant medical and nonmedical use among youth 10-18 years of age. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2015;157:83-89.  doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.10.006.
Striley CL, Griffiths RR, Cottler LB.  Evaluating dependence criteria for caffeine.  Journal of Caffeine Research 2011; 1(4):219-25.
Striley CW. A review of current ethical concerns and challenges in substance use disorder research. Current Opinion in Psychiatry 2011; 24(3):186-90. PMID: 21430534.