Kimberly Kent, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor and Program Director for Postdoctoral Fellowship


Kimberly N. Kent, PhD, MSCP (Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology, University of Tennessee; Master’s degree in Community Counseling, Winona State University; Post-Doctoral Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology, Fairleigh Dickinson University): Dr. Kent is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and serves as Director of the Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program at LSUHSC. At UMCNO Dr. Kent provides psychotherapy services in the Gastroenterology Program specializing in collaborative inter-disciplinary team treatment of IBS and IBD. Dr. Kent also conducts psychological clearance evaluations, targeted pre-operative intervention, and post-operative follow up care for the Bariatric Health Program. Her Clinical orientation is integrative utilizing a psychodynamic frame. Interests include medical rehabilitation psychology, clinic and program directorship, severe mental illness and personality disorders with multiple co-morbidities (including intellectual disability and substance abuse), community mental health, college teaching, and student supervision. Dr. Kent is an experienced director in community, academic, and medical settings. She has extensive clinical experience working with patients undergoing health issues such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, cancer, cardiac events, gastroenterological abnormalities, and orthopedic injury.

Dr. Kent is responsible for creating and implementing a collaborative inter-disciplinary inpatient medical rehabilitation model that resulted in statistically significant increases in functional independence of patients in multiple medical units. Dr. Kent also has expertise in the treatment of memory care patients who have dementias including Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, vascular, and frontotemporal, as well as memory changes due to Korsakoff’s syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. She has conducted numerous workshops for medical staff, caregivers, and family members of medically complex patients. In addition to her role at LSUHSC and UMCNO, Dr. Kent is a product development consultant, providing expertise on aging and related physical and cognitive changes and is on the Medical Advisory Board for an international company.