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Brandon L. Carlisle, Ph.D.

Senior Mental Health Researcher, UC San Diego

Contact Information

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive (MC 0812)
La Jolla, CA 92093
T: 858-966-7703 ext. 5548


Dr. Carlisle is a Senior Mental Health Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. He earned his doctorate degree in Personality and Social Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. His research experience includes supporting quantitative and qualitative studies focusing on social identity, self-handicapping, suicide prevention, and identifying predictors of help-seeking behavior. He is also interested in culturally competent and evidence-based mental health programs for African American children and adolescents. Currently, his research focuses on evaluating and improving the performance of mental health programs.

Research Interests

  • Barriers to seeking and receiving mental health care
  • Mental health of African Americans
  • Effects of uncertainty on cognition, attribution patterns, and behavior
  • Self-handicapping
  • Social Identity

Research Focus

Dr. Carlisle’s current research focuses on the evaluation of mental health services provided to children and youth in the County of San Diego. His research examines Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs and Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs. Dr. Carlisle is also involved in research related to cultural competency and contributing to studies designed to improve the performance of behavioral health services for children, youth, and families.