Debra Lee Kaysen Ph.D.

Debra Lee Kaysen Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Psychology, Women's Health


Psychiatry and Behavioral Health




Primary Location

Psychiatry Clinic (Outpatient) at UWMC-Roosevelt

4225 Roosevelt Way NE, 3rd Floor, Ste. 306
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.598.7792|Map It 


Dr. Kaysen is a clinical psychologist who cares for patients with anxiety and mood disorders at the Psychiatry Clinic (Outpatient) at UWMC-Roosevelt. Her area of specialty both in research and clinical work is in the care of those who have experienced traumatic events including treatment of PTSD and comorbid disorders. Her education and training include a B.S. from Tufts University in 1991, a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2003, internship at the University of Washington in 2002 - 2003 and a fellowship in addictions at the University of Washington in 2006.

Dr. Kaysen is board certified in in cognitive and behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Kaysen is a trainer in cognitive processing therapy, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD providing a wide range of CPT workshops in the US, Canada, Australia, and in low- and middle-income countries. She is extensively trained in both CPT and Prolonged Exposure. Dr. Kaysen also has extensive training and experience in treating other anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder. She also treats depression and substance use disorders.

Dr. Kaysen is a prolific researcher, publishing 88 refereed articles since 1998. Her research predominantly concerns improving treatments for those who have been trauma exposed and increasing access to effective treatments. Other research involves better understanding how people cope following trauma exposure. She has been principle investigator for numerous federal grants. She has also been involved in several international studies to adapt evidence-based treatments for trauma-exposed populations for use in low- and middle-income settings. She is currently on the Board for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and is the Depression Therapy Research Professor for the Department of Psychiatry at University of Washington.

Patient Care Philosophy

My philosophy of patient care is to use the very best scientific evidence we have to offer patients the treatments most likely to be helpful to them. I work with my patients in a collaborative way to determine treatment goals and a timeline for achieving those goals. I also believe strongly in measuring how we are doing throughout treatment  in helping you reach those goals for improvement and adapting that treatment plan as needed. I predominantly use short-term evidence-based cognitive behavioral psychotherapies.

Personal Interests

I enjoy cooking, traveling, playing with my dogs, reading, and being with friends and family.

Clinical Interests

Post-traumatic stress disorder; anxiety disorders; mood disorders; substance use disorders; panic; generalized anxiety disorders; gay, lesbian, bisexual mental health; women's mental health.

Teaching Interests

Child psychiatry didactics; cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders; treatment of post-traumatic stress.

Research Interests

Post-traumatic stress disorder; cognitive therapy; alcohol use; marijuana use; women's mental health; global mental health.


Univ. of MissouriMedical education2003
Univ. of Missouri-Dept. of PsychologyInternshipClinical Psychology
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral SciencesFellowshipAddiction Psychiatry
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral SciencesInternshipClinical Psychology

Board Certifications

American Board of Professional Psychology Inc.Psychology2014
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