Kathy Palm Reed  

Kathleen M. Palm Reed, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Clinical Training/Research Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Palm Reed received a B.S. from James Madison University in 1996, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1998, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Palm Reed has been at Clark since 2007.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Palm Reed pursues two related lines of research. The first consists of basic research that uses varied and mixed methodologies, including self-report measures, interviews, and behavioral analogues to understand how individuals’ responses to distress impact their psychological well-being. She is also interested in examining how support networks (e.g., friends and family) can affect distressed individuals. The second line involves developing and evaluating new treatment and prevention programs that target emotion regulation processes. Both research lines have included participants from a variety of populations, including community samples, college students, and inpatient adults. Overall, her work has been informed by radical behaviorism and contextual behavioral science, meaning that much of her research attempts to understand how behavior functions to avoid aversive experiences or approach positive ones. The overall goal of her research is to facilitate a more thorough understanding of psychological well-being, and to translate that knowledge into effective interventions and prevention programs that improve quality of life. As Associate Director of Clinical Training for the clinical psychology graduate training program, Dr. Palm Reed teaches psychotherapy practicum, advanced psychotherapy practicum, and clinical workshop. Her clinical interests include emotion regulation, substance use disorders, interpersonal violence, and acceptance-based behavior therapies.

Selected Publications

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Brown, R.A., Palm Reed, K.M., Strong, D.R., Lejuez, C.W., Kahler, C.W., Zvolensky, M.J. et al. (in press). Outcomes for a randomized controlled trial comparing distress tolerance treatment to standard smoking cessation treatment. Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

*Cameron, A., Palm Reed, K.M., & **Ninnemann, A. (in press). Reactivity to negative affect in smokers: The role of implicit associations and distress tolerance in smoking cessation. Addictive Behavior.

Hines, D., *Armstrong, J. L., Palm Reed, K. M., & *Cameron, A., (2012). Gender differences in sexual assault victimization among college students. Violence and Victims, 27, 922-940.

Palm, K.M., & Follette, V.M. (2011). The roles of cognitive flexibility and experiential avoidance in explaining psychological distress in survivors of interpersonal victimization. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 79-86.

*Cameron, A., Palm, K.M., & Follette, V.M. (2010). Reaction to stressful life events: What predicts symptom severity? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 645-649.