Faculty Biography


Kathleen M. Palm Reed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/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. Dr. Palm Reed is the Director of Clinical Training for the clinical psychology doctoral program and she teaches the individual psychotherapy practicum. She also teaches undergraduate courses in addictive behaviors and the pursuit of happiness. 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)

*Cabrera, K. B., *Benz, M. B., *Kline, N. K., & Palm Reed, K.  (in press). Shame, Self-Compassion, and Valued Living Among Survivors of Interpersonal Violence. Mindfulness

Kline, N., *Cabrera, K., & Palm Reed, K. (in press). Predicting Different Types of Intimate Partner Aggression Perpetration: The Roles of Problem Alcohol Use and Distress Tolerance. Journal of Interpersonal Violence

*Ameral, V.., & Palm Reed, K. (2021). Envisioning a future: Values clarification and delay discounting in early recovery from opioid use disorder. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 121, 108207. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108207

*Benz, M., Palm Reed, K., & *Bishop, L.(2019). Stigma and help-seeking: The interplay of substance use and gender and sexual minority identity. Addictive Behaviors, 97, 63-69.

*Cabrera, K. B., & Palm Reed, K. M. (2019). Transitional stress influences problem alcohol use and emotion regulation in late adolescence: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse28(5), 343-354.

*Bishop, L.S., *Ameral, V.A., & Palm Reed, K.M. (2018). The impact of experiential avoidance and event centrality in trauma-related rumination and posttraumatic stress. Behavior Modification, 42, 815-837.

Palm Reed, K.M., Cameron, A.Y., *Ameral, V.E. (2018). A contextual behavior science framework for understanding how behavioral flexibility relates to anxiety. Behavior Modification, 42, 914-931.

*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.

*Ollen, E.W., *Ameral, V., Palm Reed, K.M., & Hines, D.A. (2017). Perceived barriers to help-seeking for interpersonal victimization among sexual minority college students: A focus group analysis. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64, 112-119.

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.