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: Christopher Weatherly was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He completed a joint master’s program at the Tulane University Schools of Social Work and Public Health in 2012. As a National Institute of Mental Health Pre-Doctoral Fellow, his research focuses on the intersection of climate change and mental health as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based mental health interventions in acute psychiatric settings. He is also passionate about social work education and effectively training students to work in resource depleted systems where it can be difficult to maintain a sense of hope and compassion due to high caseloads, low pay, burnout, and vicarious trauma. He is also continuously humbled by the breadth of experience and passion social work students bring.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Chris has professional experience within inpatient psychiatric, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and emergency department settings. His professional history includes facilitating individual and group psychotherapy session, suicide interventions, case management, project supervision, and volunteer management.
Little known facts: Chris 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 enjoys painting, playing the drums, and spending time with his three cats.