Chris Weatherly, LCSW/MPH (he/him/his)
Research and Professional Interests
- Climate change and mental health
- Acute psychiatric systems of care
- Dissemination and implementation science
- Serious mental illness
- Social work education
Brief bio: Chris Weatherly is a 4th year doctoral student in social work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. A former, National Institute of Mental Health Pre-Doctoral Fellow, his primary research focuses on the intersection of climate change and mental health while using community-based system dynamics as a methodological approach to investigate its complex pathways. He has extensive experience teaching master’s students of social work, including as an instructor for courses on core clinical competencies. He has also worked as a teaching assistant in courses on suicide prevention and treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mental health policy, and has guest lectured on the topic of climate change and mental health in a course on global public health. He is passionate about social work education and in effectively training students to work in resource depleted systems where it is difficult to maintain a sense of hope due to burnout, vicarious trauma, and high case loads. He is also interested in and has experience researching the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based mental health interventions in acute psychiatric settings.
Chris was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida and has spent most of his adult and professional life in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed a joint master’s program at the Tulane University Schools of Social Work and Public Health in 2012. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has 5 years of clinical experience within inpatient psychiatric, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and emergency department settings. His professional history includes facilitating individual and group psychotherapy sessions, conducting suicide assessments and interventions, hospital case management, family counseling, project supervision, and volunteer management.
His anticipate date of graduation is Spring, 2022.
Little known facts: Chris is proud of his service in AmeriCorps and spent one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana; and another year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader supervising volunteers across the state of Alaska. He also enjoys painting and was lucky enough to have some of his work shown in a gallery in 2021.