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Sarah Kirk

Director of the KU Psychological Clinic
Clinical Psychology

Ph.D., 1998, University of Kansas
Research Areas: Clinical Psychology

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Research Interests

As director of the KU Psychological Clinic I am most interested in promoting clinical training in our graduate program. Specifically, I am focused on increasing our students' assessment experiences, broadening their practicum experiences, and improving their use of technology as applied to clinical interventions. Additionally, I would like to further promote evidence based treatments in our clinic.

Quality improvement and assurance is a principal goal for me, as well as developing measurements to promote the highest quality of care for our clients and training.

My research interests are in evaluating the graduate training process via outcome and competency based assessment. I am also interested in clinical outcomes, specifically functional outcomes for clients served in our clinic.

Clinical Interests

I have a specialization in health psychology within clinical psychology.  I have often worked with persons of all age ranges with chronic health conditions, pain, and somatization conditions.  I have a background in pediatric psychology and enjoy working with children who have health concerns that intersect with psychological symptoms. 

I have a strong background working with persons of all ages with Asperger’s and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  I also have worked a great deal with anxiety disorders and especially obsessive compulsive disorders and specific phobias using exposure and response prevention approaches.

I also do assessment of all types and especially enjoy cognitive, ADHD, and Learning Disability assessment. 

Teaching Interests

I teach all of the clinical psychology assessment courses as well as our Supervision and Consultation courses (theory, research and field practicum).  I am also an active supervisor for practicum students and all of our clinic groups (Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness, and TLC)


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