Kari A. Stephens Ph.D.

 Kari  A. Stephens Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Behavioral Health Care, Chronic Pain, Mental Health Care, Pain Medicine, Psychology, Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress


Pain Medicine at UW Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health




Dr. Stephens is a faculty member in UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her clinical interests include trauma, chronic pain, addiction, and working with disadvantaged populations.

Patient Care Philosophy

She works as part of an integrated care team to provide the best care for patients, while targeting goals that patients define as most important to their care.

Personal Interests

Adventuring, family time, outdoor and water activities, crafting.

Clinical Interests

Posttraumatic stress, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Teaching Interests

Disseminating evidenced-based behavioral treatments to integrated care teams working in medical settings, supporting and promoting self efficacy and cultural competency working with complicated, diverse, and disadvantaged populations.

Scope of Care

She provides psychological evaluations and psychotherapy with evidenced-based treatments, with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, to improve overall quality of life. This often involves developing and using skills to address psychological distress, depression, and anxiety while working towards functional goals.

Research Interests

Disparities in mental health and services, posttraumatic stress, dissemination of evidenced-based behavioral treatments to integrated care settings, and clinical health informatics with a focus on data sharing to promote translational research with communities.


Univ. of WashingtonMedical education2008
Univ. of Washington, Psychology InternshipInternshipClinical Psychology
University of WashingtonTeaching Appointment

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