Dr. Carlson is an Assistant Professor at University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Her research interests include cost-effectiveness of disease prevention and access to health care for underserved populations. Dr. Carlson conducts qualitative and quantitative research projects. She has experience leading qualitative evaluations in organizational health system change and for state health policy initiatives. Her quantitative work focuses on the cost-effectiveness of chronic disease management programs and public health disease prevention efforts. She has worked with health organizations abroad and has consulted in international public health settings. Her teaching responsibilities include graduate-level courses in health care policy. Her research is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to state-level research institutes. Prior to joining the University of North Texas as a doctoral student, Dr. Carlson earned her MPH at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.