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Newsletter | Summer 2022 | South Central MIRECC

New Affiliate Profile: Kathryn (“Katie”) E. Kanzler, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Kathryn (“Katie”) E. Kanzler
Dr. Kathryn (“Katie”) E. Kanzler

This month, we welcome Dr. Kathryn (“Katie”) Kanzler as a new affiliate at our Houston site. Dr. Kanzler is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, health services researcher, core investigator, and board-certified clinical health psychologist at the HSR&D Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety (IQuESt) and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC). She is also a Veteran, having served as an active-duty United States Air Force officer for 8.5 years. Her research focuses on increasing access to effective treatments for people living with chronic diseases or health conditions and developing scalable interventions to improve health equity and outcomes for diverse communities.

Dr. Kanzler earned her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in clinical psychology in 2007 from La Salle University in Philadelphia, served as a clinician-educator at Wilford Hall Medical Center (JBSA-Lackland) and Malcolm Grow Medical Center (JB Andrews), and later as faculty at UT Health San Antonio. While active-duty, she also deployed to a combat operational stress control clinic in southern Iraq (2009) and served in a temporary duty assignment at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Dr. Kanzler’s work has been funded through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Institutes of Health (K23), an internal mentored research career development in clinical and translational science grant (KL2), and the Department of Defense. Her studies include identifying risk factors for suicide in military patients with chronic pain; delivery of brief acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for patients with chronic pain in integrated primary care; and task-shifting ACT for delivery by promotores (community health workers) to Hispanic/Latinx patients with type 2 diabetes.


Last updated: July 28, 2022