Katherine Kelton, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Psychiatry




Dr. Katherine Kelton (she/her/ella) is a staff psychologist in the Brockton PTSD clinic at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Kelton has expertise in utilizing evidence-based practices and measurement-based care to treat people with complex clinical presentations, with specialization in trauma-related and substance use disorders.

Dr. Kelton also strives to cultivate a broader lens for promoting high-quality, interdisciplinary science driven by cultural humility. This value is reflected in her research, which encompasses how socio-structural, systemic inequities impact mental health. These topics have spanned incarceration, homelessness, sex work, trauma, and substance use. Although primarily serving in a clinical capacity, Dr. Kelton continues an active research program.

Dr. Kelton began her academic journey at Central New Mexico Community College where she received her Associate of Arts in teacher education. Dr. Kelton received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico with a double major in psychology and English. Dr. Kelton received her Masters of Science in Public Health and her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a Secondary Concentration in Quantitative Methods from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her clinical internship at the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and two-year research post-doctoral fellowship at the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans in San Antonio, Texas. She Dr. Kelton is licensed by the Board of Psychology in the state of Texas and her license number is: #39291

Overall, Dr. Kelton aims to leverage her role as a psychologist to extend space and divert power to people with marginalized identities and to systematically silenced communities.

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  1. Drazdowski TK, Kelton K, Hibbard PF, McCart MR, Chapman JE, de Martell SC, Sheidow AJ. Implementation outcomes from a pilot study of training probation officers to deliver contingency management for emerging adults with substance use disorders. J Subst Use Addict Treat. 2024 Jul 01; 209450. PMID: 38960144
     
  2. Wells SY, Patel TA, Halverson TF, LoSavio ST, Morland L, Wachsman T, Ponzini GT, Kelton K, Mackintosh MA, Powell A, Kaplan S, Dillon KH. The impact of trauma-focused psychotherapies on anger: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychol Trauma. 2024 Mar 28. PMID: 38546592
     
  3. Tsai J, Kelton K, Blonigen DM, Keith Mcinnes D, Sean Clark, Blue-Howells J, Hooshyar D. A Research Agenda for Criminal Justice Involvement Among U.S. Veterans. Mil Med. 2024 Feb 27; 189(3-4):e481-e485. PMID: 37283229; DOI: 10.1093/milmed/usad201;
     
  4. Ishaq J, Eyman K, Goncy E, Williams L, Kelton K, Knickerbocker N. A Pilot Study of Yoga with Incarcerated Youth Using the Prison Yoga Project Approach. Int J Yoga Therap. 2023 Dec 01; 33(2023). PMID: 38155602
     
  5. Van Voorhees EE, Dillon KH, Crombach A, Beaver T, Kelton K, Wortmann JH, Visn-Mid-Atlantic Mirecc Workgroup, Nieuwsma J. Enjoying the violence of war: Association with posttraumatic symptomatology in U.S. combat veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2024 May; 16(4):618-625.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37384480; PMCID: PMC10755059; DOI: 10.1037/tra0001530;
     
  6. Han BH, Bronson J, Washington L, Yu M, Kelton K, Tsai J, Finlay AK. Co-occurring Medical Multimorbidity, Mental Illness, and Substance Use Disorders Among Older Criminal Legal System-Involved Veterans. Med Care. 2023 Jul 01; 61(7):477-483. PMID: 37204150; PMCID: PMC10330246; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001864;
     
  7. Kelton K, Van Voorhees EE, Elbogen EB, Dillon KH. Correlates of Incarceration History Among Military Veterans. Mil Psychol. 2022 Nov 21; 2022(6):577-89. PMID: 36712896; PMCID: PMC9881233; DOI: 10.1080/08995605.2022.2141049;
     
  8. Kelton K, Young JR, Evans MK, Eshera YM, Blakey SM, Mann AJD, Pugh MJ, Calhoun PS, Beckham JC, Kimbrel NA. Complementary/integrative healthcare utilization in US Gulf-War era veterans: Descriptive analyses based on deployment history, combat exposure, and Gulf War Illness. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2022 Nov; 49:101644. PMID: 35947938; PMCID: PMC9669216; DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101644;
     
  9. Tsai J, Kelton K, Gluff J, Elbogen E. Terms That Refer to Homeless Populations: National Surveys of Several Stakeholder Groups. Psychiatr Serv. 2023 Apr 01; 74(4):415-418. PMID: 35895838; DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.202100708;
     
  10. Tsai J, Kelton K. Service use and barriers to care among homeless veterans: Results from the National Veteran Homeless and Other Poverty Experiences (NV-HOPE) study. J Community Psychol. 2023 Jan; 51(1):507-515. PMID: 35748189; DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22912;
     
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2019 Saint Louis University: Dorothy Orthwein Bates Endowed Scholarship
2017 Prison Yoga Project: Prison Yoga Project Scholarship
2015-2019 Saint Louis University: Diversity Fellowship
2015 University of New Mexico: Rachel Dowler Outstanding Honors Student Award
2013 University of New Mexico: Ronald E. McNair Research Scholarship
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