Christina Cutshaw Ph.D.
Health Promotion Sciences Division
1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245209
Drachman Hall A270
Tucson, AZ 85724
After working as a clinical assistant in a residential substance abuse and psychiatric hospital in Georgia, Christina Cutshaw, PhD, became interested in the efficacy of treatments for people with mental illnesses and drug problems.
"Watching the patients go through treatment, often more than once, made me wonder if the care being offered was effective and how treatment effectiveness could be studied," she said. That experience inspired Dr. Cutshaw to attend graduate school at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After receiving a Master of Health Science degree from the Department of Mental Health, she received a pre-doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent mental health services from the National Institute of Mental Health and graduated in 2004 with a PhD, also from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Cutshaw is interested in research that addresses mental health problems among children, and in particular interventions for parents who have maltreated their children. She also is interested in the overlap between the criminal justice and mental health systems. Dr. Cutshaw has been involved in the Pima County Model Court Working Group by identifying data that can shed light on the role substance abuse plays in parents involvement in the child welfare system. Dr. Cutshaw hopes to bring together problem-solving courts with evidence-based interventions to improve parents ability to care for their children.
Before coming to Arizona, Dr. Cutshaw briefly worked as a coordinator on a randomized trial of an intervention for youth with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and their caregivers at The Marcus Institute in Atlanta. As a consultant, Dr. Cutshaw also analyzed data and wrote reports for the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council on arrests of 13- to 17-year-olds for crimes in which they may be tried as an adult. Dr. Cutshaw taught a special study course in child neglect in the spring of 2006 at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health and taught "Public Health Approaches to Mental Disorders in the United States" in the spring of 2007.