Faculty Biography


Kathleen M. Palm Reed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/ Associate Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477


Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Palm Reed received a B.S. from James Madison University in 1996, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1998, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Palm Reed has been at Clark since 2007.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Palm Reed's current research interests include examining the role of emotion regulation (e.g. distress tolerance) in psychopathology and substance use disorders. As Associate Director of Clinical Training for the clinical psychology graduate training program, Dr. Palm Reed teaches psychotherapy practicum, advanced psychotherapy practicum, and clinical workshop. She also teaches undergraduate courses in addictive behaviors and peer assistance. Her clinical interests include substance use disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, interpersonal violence, and acceptance-based behavior therapies.

Selected Publications

(*denotes graduate student; **denotes undergraduate student)

Palm Reed, K.M., Cameron, A.Y., *Ameral, V.E. (in press). A contextual behavior science framework for understanding how behavioral flexibility relates to anxiety. Behavior Modification

*Bishop, L.S., *Ameral, V.A., & Palm Reed, K.M. (in press). The impact of experiential avoidance and event centrality in trauma-related rumination and posttraumatic stress. Behavior Modification

*Ameral, V., Palm Reed, K.M., & Hines, D. (in press). Predictors of help seeking for sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking in a college student sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

*Bishop, L., *Benz, M. & Palm Reed, K.M. (2017). The impact of trauma experiences on posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder symptom severity in a treatment-seeking sample. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48(6), 490-498.

*Ameral, V., Palm Reed, K.M., & *Bishop, L. (2017). The differential roles of distress tolerance, reward responsiveness, and depression diagnosis on quality of life. Journal of Contextual Behavior Science, 6, 418-424.

Hines, D.A., & Palm Reed, K.M. (2017). Bystander prevention of sexual and dating violence: An experimental evaluation of Agent of Change and Bringing in the Bystander. Partner Abuse, 8, 331-346. 

*Raftery, J., Moore, P.S., Coyne, L., & Palm Reed, K.M. (2016). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for parents of anxious youth: A promising paradigm. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. 5, 64-69.

Palm Reed, K. M., Hines, D. A., *Armstrong, J. L., & Cameron, A. Y. (2015). Experimental evaluation of a bystander prevention program for sexual assault and dating violence. Psychology of Violence, 5, 95-102.

*Richardson, H., *Armstrong, J.L., Hines, D. A., Palm Reed, K.M. (2015). Sexual violence and help-seeking: A comparison of LGBQ and heterosexual college students. Partner Abuse, 6, 29-46.

*Ameral, V., Palm Reed, K.M., *Cameron, A., & *Armstrong, J.L. (2014). A mixed-methods analysis of distress tolerance. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1, 357-369.

*Cameron, A., Palm Reed, K.M., & **Ninnemann, A. (2013). Reactivity to negative affect in smokers: The role of implicit associations and distress tolerance in smoking cessation. Addictive Behavior, 38, 2905-2912.