Faculty Biography

Kathy Palm  

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 Brown University. Dr. Palm Reed has been at Clark since 2007.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Palm Reed's current research interests include examining the role of emotion regulation (e.g. distress tolerance) in psychopathology and substance use disorders. 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. She also teaches undergraduate courses in addictive behaviors and peer assistance. Her clinical interests include substance use disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, interpersonal violence, and acceptance-based behavior therapies.

Selected Publications

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(*denotes graduate student; **denotes undergraduate student)

*Raftery, J., Moore, P.S., Coyne, L., & Palm Reed, K.M. (in press). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for parents of anxious youth: A promising paradigm.

Palm Reed, K. M., Hines, D. A., *Armstrong, J. L., & *Cameron, A. Y. (2015). Experimental evaluation of a bystander prevention program for sexual assault and dating violence. Psychology of Violence, 5, 95-102.

*Richardson, H., *Armstrong, J.L., Hines, D. A., Palm Reed, K.M. (2015). Sexual violence and help-seeking: A comparison of LGBQ and heterosexual college students. Partner Abuse, 6, 29-46.

*Ameral, V., Palm Reed, K.M., *Cameron, A., & *Armstrong, J.L. (2014). A mixed-methods analysis of distress tolerance. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1, 357-369.

*Cameron, A., Palm Reed, K.M., & Gaudiano, B. (2014). Addressing treatment motivation in Borderline Personality Disorder: Rationale for incorporating values-based exercises into Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 44(2), 109-116.

*Cameron, A., Palm Reed, K.M., & **Ninnemann, A. (2013). Reactivity to negative affect in smokers: The role of implicit associations and distress tolerance in smoking cessation. Addictive Behavior, 38, 2905-2912.


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.

Brown, R.A., Palm, K.M., Strong, D.R., Lejuez, C.W., Kahler, C.W., Zvolensky, M.J. et al. (2008). Distress tolerance treatment for early lapse smokers: Rationale, program description, and preliminary findings. Behavior Modification, 32, 302-332.

Palm, K.M. (2007). Addictive behaviors: An RFT-enhanced theory of addiction. In J. Kanter & D. Woods (Eds.). Understanding Behavior Disorders: A Contemporary Behavioral Perspective. Reno, NV: Context Press.