Kristen Lindgren, PhD

Personal Statement

I am a Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and am Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the UW in 2006 and returned to UW as a faculty member in 2010.

My research interests include addictions, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexuality, and relationships. My work focuses on investigating implicit (i.e., non-conscious or automatic) cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of maladaptive behavior and psychopathology. Support for my work has been provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. I also serve as a consultant for dissemination projects aimed at training community-based mental health workers in Cognitive Processing Therapy and other evidence-based treatment for PTSD in locally, nationally, and internationally.

Department Affiliations

Teaching Philosophy

With respect to my teaching, I strive to provide a challenging and engaging experience for my trainees and students. I am deeply committed to my trainees and students applying their knowledge, through course projects, internships, or research. I do not have extensive formal training in pedagogy, but I do seek to incorporate best practices from education and psychology research. Through independent reading, I draw from psychological theories and research to increase the effectiveness of my teaching. As a clinical scientist, I also draw from literature on behavior change and goal-setting to inform my teaching. My course on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and my clinical supervision (group and individual) make extensive use of goal setting (including setting individual goals that are specific, behavioral, observable, realistic, and time-sensitive) and their format mimics a cognitive behavioral session. I find that these strategies reinforce the concepts and style that I am trying to teach and help my students make the transition from learning about CBT to using it with clients.

Recent Publications

Change in implicit alcohol associations over time: Moderation by drinking history and gender.
(2020 Aug)
Addict Behav 107(): 106413
Lindgren KP, Baldwin SA, Peterson KP, Wiers RW, Teachman BA

What's the Harm in Getting High? Evaluating Associations Between Marijuana and Harm as Predictors of Concurrent and Prospective Marijuana Use and Misuse.
(2020 Jan)
J Stud Alcohol Drugs 81(1): 81-88
Ramirez JJ, Lee CM, Rhew IC, Olin CC, Abdallah DA, Lindgren KP

Prevalence and Factor Structure of PTSD in <i>DSM-5</i> Versus <i>DSM-IV</i> in a National Sample of Sexual Minority Women.
(2019 Dec 13)
J Interpers Violence
Kaysen D, Rhew IC, Bittinger J, Bedard-Gilligan M, Garberson LA, Hodge KA, Nguyen AJ, Logan DE, Dworkin ER, Lindgren KP

Growth Mindsets of Alcoholism Buffer Against Deleterious Effects of Drinking Identity on Problem Drinking Over Time.
(2020 Jan)
Alcohol Clin Exp Res 44(1): 233-243
Lindgren KP, Burnette JL, Hoyt CL, Peterson KP, Neighbors C

Implicit Alcohol and Smoking Associations among Young Adult Heavy Drinkers: Associations with Smoking Status and Alcohol-Cigarette Co-Use.
(2018 Oct)
Motiv Emot 42(5): 682-690
Wardell JD, Dermody SS, Lindgren KP, Medina AM, Hendershot CS

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