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    Carole C Upshur EdD

    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655
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      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentQuantitative Health Sciences

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentMD/PhD Program



        Carole Upshur, EdD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, joined the department in 2001 with over 30 years of experience as an evaluation and policy researcher in the areas of education, mental health, disability, and health care. Her most recent work has examined health care quality and access issues in minority Medicaid consumers in Massachusetts. She is currently PI of a study of patient and provider views about the treatment of chronic pain funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and Co-PI for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Depression in Primary Care Project. She has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level and has mentored over two dozen health services research dissertations.

        Carole Upshur, EdD


        Ed.D. Clinical Psychology and Public Practice
        1975 Harvard University
        Ed.M. Research in Instruction
        1970 Harvard University
        A.B. Experimental Psychology
        1969 University of Southern California

        Click here to view Dr. Upshur's curriculum vitae


        American Psychological Associaton
        Academy Health
        American Public Health Association
        North American Primary Care Research Group
        Society for Behavioral Medicine
        Society for Prevention Research
        Society for Teachers of Family Medicine

        Scholarly Activity

        Research Support:
        Co-Principal Investigator
        National Institute of Mental Health, R34 MH085881(Weinreb)
        Integrated Care Model for Homeless Mothers (ICMHM)
        This is an intervention development grant to adapt the Chronic Care Model for disease management and build on other primary care depression management studies for homeless mothers.

        Co-Principal Investigator
        National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R21 AA018311 (Weinreb)
        A Model for Primary Care Management of Alcohol Use Disorders Among Homeless Women
        This is a pilot RCT to test a brief intervention for reducing risky alcohol use among homeless women receiving primary care in a health care for the homeless program.

        Principal Investigator
        National Institute of Mental Health, R34 1R34MH73830 (Upshur) 4/1/07-3/31/11
        Addressing Behavior Problems in Preschool Settings
        This is an RCT involving community based child care centers testing a primary prevention intervention for social/emotional regulation and prevention of childhood behavior problems.

        Co-PI and Director, Research and Evaluation Plan
        Health Resources Services Administration,(HSRA 1D58 HP08304)
        Family Medicine Residency Training
        This project is implementing chronic pain management guidelines in clinical practices and training preceptors and residents on guideline-concordant care. Evaluation of the educational programs and research on diffusion of guideline adaptation will be conducted.

        Principal Investigator of UMMS Research Subcontract
        Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, R03 HS015987-01(Granger)
        Investigating the correlates and outcomes of depression in adult diabetics-a Practice Based Research Network Project in the Connecticut Primary Care Network/New England Clinician’s Forum

        Principal Investigator
        Agency for Health Care Quality and Research, R03 HS012455-01A1(Upshur)
        Treatment of Chronic Pain: Consumer and Provider Concerns
        This grant is investigating barriers to adequate chronic pain treatment as perceived by both patients and physicians in primary care.

        Co-Principle Investigator
        HSRA Title VII Academic Departments of FamilyMedicine
        Building the Research Infrastructure for Family Medicine
        This grant is designed to mentor junior family practice physicians to learn research skills.

        Co-Principal Investigator
        Robert Wood Johnson Foundation #048172
        Depression in Primary Care: Clinical and Systems Strategies
        This grant is implementing a chronic illness care model for adult Medicaid patients with depression by training primary care providers. The grant is a collaboration with the state Medicaid agency.

        Consulting Editor/AD HOC Reviewer

        Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 2009-present
        Family Systems and Health, 2008-present
        Prevention Science, 2008-present
        Journal of Psychiatric Services,2006-present
        International Journal of Integrated Care, 2006-present
        Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2006-present
        Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2003-present
        Public Health Reports, 1998-present
        Mental Retardation, 1981-1999
        American Journal on Mental Retardation, 1987-1999
        Infant Mental Health Journal, 1991-1993

        American Association for the Advancement of Science: Life Sciences Research Infrastructure and Junior investigator research pilot program: Reviewer, 2006-present
        National Institutes of Health, Research Review Committee Study Section, Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention: 2009

        Public Service Appointments

        Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance, Medical Advisory Board: 1994-present
        Health Care for All: Cummings Foundation Advisory Board: Project for healthcare needs for special populations: 2000-2008
        Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Advisory Committee on Child Assessment: 2009
        Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation, Community Development Committee: 19967-97
        Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation, Region 6 Training Committee: 1992-93
        Governor's Committee on Facility Consolidation: 1991-92


        Dr Upshur has mentored undergraduate and graduate medical students as well as health services doctoral students. She also teaches in the MPH program on campus.


        Health disparities
        Chronic pain
        Behavioral health
        Primary care
        Child mental health

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        1. Upshur C, Wenz-Gross M, Reed G. A pilot study of a primary prevention curriculum to address preschool behavior problems. J Prim Prev. 2013 Oct; 34(5):309-27.
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        2. Upshur CC, Bacigalupe G, Luckmann R. "They don't want anything to do with you": patient views of primary care management of chronic pain. Pain Med. 2010 Dec; 11(12):1791-8.
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        3. Upshur C, Weinreb L. A survey of primary care provider attitudes and behaviors regarding treatment of adult depression: what changes after a collaborative care intervention? Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2008; 10(3):182-6.
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        4. Clark LG, Upshur CC. Family medicine physicians' views of how to improve chronic pain management. J Am Board Fam Med. 2007 Sep-Oct; 20(5):479-82.
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        5. Upshur CC, Luckmann RS, Savageau JA. Primary care provider concerns about management of chronic pain in community clinic populations. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Jun; 21(6):652-5.
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        6. Belnap BH, Kuebler J, Upshur C, Kerber K, Mockrin DR, Kilbourne AM, Rollman BL. Challenges of implementing depression care management in the primary care setting. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2006 Jan; 33(1):65-75.
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        7. Upshur CC. Crossing the divide: primary care and mental health integration. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2005 Mar; 32(4):341-55.
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        8. Cohen RI, Chopra P, Upshur C. Guide to conservative, medical, and procedural therapies. Geriatrics. 2001 Nov; 56(11):38-42, 44, 47.
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        9. Cohen R, Chopra P, Upshur C. Primary care work-up of acute and chronic symptoms. Geriatrics. 2001 Nov; 56(11):26-7, 30, 33-4, 37.
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        10. Hauser-Cram P, Warfield ME, Shonkoff JP, Krauss MW, Sayer A, Upshur CC. Children with disabilities: a longitudinal study of child development and parent well-being. Monogr Soc Res Child Dev. 2001; 66(3):i-viii, 1-114; discussion 115-26.
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        11. Hauser-Cram P, Warfield ME, Shonkoff JP, Krauss MW, Upshur CC, Sayer A. Family influences on adaptive development in young children with Down syndrome. Child Dev. 1999 Jul-Aug; 70(4):979-89.
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        12. Warfield ME, Krauss MW, Hauser-Cram P, Upshur CC, Shonkoff JP. Adaptation during early childhood among mothers of children with disabilities. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1999 Feb; 20(1):9-16.
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        13. Upshur CC, Benson PR, Clemens E, Fisher WH, Leff HS, Schutt R. Closing state mental hospitals in Massachusetts: policy, process, and impact. Int J Law Psychiatry. 1997; 20(2):199-217.
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        14. Shonkoff JP, Hauser-Cram P, Krauss MW, Upshur CC. Development of infants with disabilities and their families: implications for theory and service delivery. Monogr Soc Res Child Dev. 1992; 57(6):v-vi, 1-153.
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        15. Erickson M, Upshur CC. Caretaking burden and social support: comparison of mothers of infants with and without disabilities. Am J Ment Retard. 1989 Nov; 94(3):250-8.
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        16. Upshur CC. Developing a sensible fund raising strategy. Fund Raising Manage. 1983 Jul; 14(5):39-41, 79.
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        17. Upshur CC. Getting started: what to do before you ask for the money. Fund Raising Manage. 1983 Feb; 13(12):16-8, 25.
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        18. Upshur CC. An evaluation of home-based respite care. Ment Retard. 1982 Apr; 20(2):58-62.
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        19. Upshur CC. Respite care for mentally retarded and other disabled populations: programs models and family needs. Ment Retard. 1982 Feb; 20(1):2-6.
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