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Caroline Easton

Professor
Biomedical Sciences Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology

585-475-4065
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Caroline Easton

Professor
Biomedical Sciences Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology

Education

BS, Rochester Institute of Technology; Ph.D. University of Connecticut

Bio

Dr. Caroline Easton, alumni of RIT (1990), is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at the College of Health Science and Technology at RIT. She served as a senior faculty member at Yale’s School of Medicine for 17 years, directed both the pre-doctoral training program and the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic. Dr. Easton was recently hired to build new education and training programs pertaining to Behavioral Health within CHST. She will also serve as the Clinical Director of the new Behavioral Health Sciences Clinic.

Dr. Easton’s scholarly interests pertain to her expertise within Forensic and Addiction Psychiatry. More specifically, she has numerous publications related to ‘best practice procedures’ for the treatment of clients with co-occurring addiction and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). She presents at international/national conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals and has received funding from grants from the National Institute of Health, the Donaghue Foundation, CT’s Department of Addiction and Mental Health Services, Monroe County’s Office of Mental Health, the Socio-Legal Center and the U.K.

On the international level, Dr. Easton currently collaborates with Investigators from London, England, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, Scotland, Brazil, and Canada regarding the treatment of family violence among substance abusers. On a national level, Dr. Easton continues to consult with the state of CT on Policy and Procedures for Family Violence Treatment Reform. She continues as Clinical Faculty within Yale’s School of Medicine. On the community level, Dr. Easton provides consultation, evaluation and/or treatment services for the Monroe County’s Office of Mental Health, the Socio-Legal Center, Rochester’s Regional Healthcare System, Catholic Family Services and the Criminal Justice System.

585-475-4065

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

MEDS-411
3 Credits
This course will introduce students to clinical research as it pertains to symptoms, behaviors, the prediction of violent behaviors and treatment outcomes among offenders who commit crime. The course will introduce students to evidenced based science and the application to forensic populations, manuscript preparation, clinical case write ups and small grant proposals.

Latest News

  • August 29, 2019

    Dr. Caroline Easton Awarded $1.4 Million Grant

    The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) awarded Dr. Caroline Easton close to $1.4 Million Dollars. HRSA designated her as an awardee for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program designed to Advance the Field of Addiction Treatments within the Profession of Clinical Psychology.

  • August 1, 2018

    Three women stand and pose for a photo in an office setting.

    Health app helps victims of domestic abuse

    Researchers and domestic violence advocates at RIT and Resolve of Greater Rochester created an avatar named RITa to provide “on demand” domestic violence expertise in primary care settings.
  • May 21, 2018

    A headshot of Caroline Easton.

    RIT offers behavioral health internship

    The Priority Behavioral Health Care Psychology Internship Program aims to increase the number of highly trained clinicians and researchers working as clinical leaders in the region.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Buchanan, A., et al. "Risk Factors of Violence During a 4-week Period in a Psychiatric Outpatient Population." Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 201. 12 (2013): 1021-6. Print.
Oberleitner, L.M., D.L. Mandel, and C.J. Easton. "Treatment of Co-occurring Alcohol Dependence and Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of Anger Expression." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 45. 3 (2013): 313-8. Print.
Crane, C.A., C.J. Easton, and S. Devine. "The Association Between Phencyclidine Use and Partner Violence: An Initial Examination." Journal of Addictive Diseases 32. 2 (2013): 150-7. Print.
Crane, C.A., et al. "Relationship Status Acceptance, Alcohol Use, and the Perpetration of Verbal Aggression Among Males Mandated to Treatment for Intimate Partner Violence." Journal of Interpersonal Violence 28. 13 (2013): 2731-48. Print.
Stover, C.S., C.J. Easton, and T.J. McMahon. "Parenting of Men with Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Abuse." Journal of Interpersonal Violence 28. 11 (2013): 2290-314. Print.
Crane, C., L. Oberleitner, and C. Easton. "Sub-clinical Trauma in the Treatment of Partner Violent Offenders with Substance Dependence." Advances in Dual Diagnosis 6. (2013): 5-13. Print.
Carroll, K.M., et al. "Combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Contingency Management to Enhance Their Effects in Treating Cannabis Dependence: Less Can Be More, More or Less." Addiction 107. 9 (2012): 1650-9. Print.
Stover, C.S., et al. "Fathers Entering Substance Abuse Treatment: An Examination of Substance Abuse, Trauma Symptoms and Parenting Behaviors." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 43. 3 (2012): 335-43. Print.
Easton, C.J., et al. "Differences in Treatment Outcome Among Marijuana-dependent Young Adults With and Without Antisocial Personality Disorder." American Journal Drug Alcohol Abuse 38. 4 (2012): 305-13. Print.
Crane, C. and C. Easton. "The Influence of Intoxication and Psychological Distress on the Intent to Kill." The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 40. (2012): 135-137. Print.
Easton, Caroline J. "Co-Occurring Mental Health Problems Among Substance Dependent Offenders of Intimate Partner Violence." Advances in Dual Diagnosis 5. 2 (2012): 86-93. Print.
Easton, Caroline J., et al. "Fathers Entering Substance Abuse Treatment: An Examination of Substance Abuse, Trauma Symptoms and Parenting Behaviors." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. (2012) Print.
Stover, C.S., Easton, C.J., and McMahon, T. "Depression as a Mediator of the Association Between Substance Abuse and Negative Parenting of Fathers." American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 38. (2012): 344-349. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Easton, Caroline J. "Treating IPV Among Substance Abusers. One Size Does Not Fit All." Scholarship Series: Treating Co-occurring Addiction and Domestic Violence. University of Greenwich. Greenwich, London. 14 Dec. 2012. Keynote Speech.
Easton, Caroline J. "Best Practice Procedures for the Treatment of Clients with Co-occurring Addiction and Intimate Partner Violence." National Webinar on Addiction and Domestic Violence Treatments: JWI. JWI Webinar Series on Domestic Violence Interventions. Washington, DC. 21 Mar. 2013. Keynote Speech.
Easton, C.J., et al. "Using FaceReader, Interactive Technology and Avatar Coaches to Treat Addiction and Aggression." RIT at the LPGA. Wegmans LPGA. Rochester, NY. 6-9 Jun. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline. "Treating Substance Abusing Male Offenders of Intimate Partner Violence with Best Practice Procedure: Moving Beyond a One Size Fits All Approach." Treating Family Violence as a Contagious Diesase: "Moving Beyond a One Size Fits All Approach". Rochester Institute of Technology College of Health Science and Technology. Rochester, NY. 11 Mar. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline J. "Treating Co-occurring Addiction and IPV: A One Size Does Not Fit All Approach." Department of Human Services Guest Lecture. The Department of Human Services and the Commissioner of Human Services. Rochester, NY. 22 Jan. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline. "Using Interactive Technology in Treating Co-Occurring Addiction and IPV. Illustrating the Use of Avatar Coaches and the Noldus FaceReader." RIT's Effective Access Interactive Technology Conference. RIT INN and Conference Center. Rochester, NY. 11 May 2013. Keynote Speech.
Easton, Caroline. "Treating IPV Among Substance Abusing Offenders." Presentation to Monroe County's Key Stakeholders [Judges Doran/Schwartz/Elliott, Defense and State's Attorneys , Probation, Diversionary Court Staff, Ambulatory Clinic Leaders, Victim Advocacy Groups]. Monroe County's Key Stakeholders. Rochester, NY. 10 Jul. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline. "Using Interactive Technology: FaceReader, Avatar Coaches and Educational Videos in the Treatment of Addiction and IPV." Invited Lecturer at CCSI Luncheon. Coordinated Care Services. Inc. Rochester, NY. 11 Jul. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline. "Using a Substance Abuse-Domestic Violence Intervention to Treat Substance Using Offenders of IPV." Rochester General Hospital's Guest Lecture. Rochester General Hospital's Ambulatory Treatment Facility, Genesee Mental Health. Rochester, NY. 30 Jan. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline. "Treating Substance Using Offenders of IPV with Evidenced Based Science." Monroe County's Office of Mental Health. The Office of the Commissioner of Mental Health. Rochester, NY. 6 Feb. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline. "Treating Addiction Among Offenders of IPV." Delphi Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. Domestic Violence Conference. Delphi. Rochester, NY. 3 May 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline J. "Addressing Co-occurring IPV and Addiction in Substance Abuse Treatment: One Size Does Not Fit All." Domestic Violence Safety Network Conference. Safenet. Erie, PA. 1 Dec. 2013. Keynote Speech.
Easton, Caroline J. "Using Innovative Technology and Avatars in the Treatment of Addiction and Aggression." Channel 13 News. Channel 13. Rochester, NY. 2 May 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline J. "One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Addiction in Substance Abuse Treatment." University of Rochester School of Public Health Grand Rounds. University of Rochester School of Public Health. Rochester, NY. 6 Dec. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline J. "Treating IPV within the Context of Substance Abuse Treatment: One Size Does Not Fit All." St. Vincent's Medical Hospital Grand Rounds Lecture. St. Vincent's Medical Hospital. Erie, PA. 1 Nov. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline J. "Treating Co-Occurring Addiction and IPV with Evidenced Based Practices." National Public Radio (NPR). National Public Radio. Rochester, NY. 15 Apr. 2013. Guest Lecture.
Easton, Caroline J. "Treating IPV Among Substance Abusers. One Size Does Not Fit All." Scholarship Series: Treating Co-Occurring Addiction and Domestic Violence. University of Greenwich, U.K. Greenwich, London. 14 Dec. 2012. Keynote Speech.
Book Chapter
Easton, Caroline J. "Alcohol-Related Violence." Treatments for Intimate Partner Violence. Ed. McMurmann. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Print.