Sarah Kirk, Ph.D., ABPP

Director of the KU Psychological Clinic
Assistant Director of Clinical Psychology Program
Curriculum and Practicum Coordinator Health Psychology
Co-Director of Graduate Clinical Health Psychology Certificate Program
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 347

Dr. Kirk is a clinical faculty member and administrator.   She directs all practicum activity, supervises, and facilitates clinical training opportunities.   She also teaches graduate courses and provides professional development mentorship to students.  


Teaching Dr. Kirk teaches cognitive assessment, Ethics and History, and Supervision and Consultation courses (theory, research and field practicum).  She is also an active supervisor for practicum students and all of our clinic groups (Mindfulness and TLC)

Research As director of the KU Psychological Clinic I am most interested in promoting clinical training in our graduate program. Specifically, I focus on increasing students' assessment experiences, broadening their practicum experiences, and improving their use of technology as applied to clinical interventions. Additionally, I 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 clients and optimal training practices.  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 the training clinic.  I serve on thesis and dissertation committees and review tasks for the clinical psychology program as well as acting as an outside committee member for other programs of study at KU.

Clinical Interests I have a specialization in health psychology within clinical psychology.  I have worked with persons of all ages with chronic health conditions, pain, and somatization conditions.  I have a strong background working with persons of all ages with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  I also work a great deal with anxiety disorders and especially obsessive compulsive disorders and specific phobias using exposure and response prevention approaches.  I do assessment of all types and especially enjoy cognitive, ASD, ADHD, and Learning Disability assessment.