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Dr. Kim Penberthy

UVA School of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
Jennifer “Kim” Penberthy, Ph.D., ABPP is the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she conducts research, teaches, and provides clinical care. She is a Board Certified licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing for over 20 years. Dr. Penberthy provides clinical treatment to patients in Psychiatry and the University of Virginia Cancer Center and also works with health care workers at UVA and nationally. She is the Associate Director of the Clinician Wellness Program and is a Fellow of Humanism in Medicine at the University of Virginia. She is President of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology. She is on the advisory committee for the American Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee and a fellow in the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. Dr. Penberthy’s research involves discovering the mechanisms of action of therapeutic and contemplative practices on human wellbeing, experiences, and performance. She also studies altered states of consciousness and the methods and impact of such, including meditation, psychedelic medicines, spontaneous experiences. She has published extensively and lectures internationally about wellness, resilience, extraordinary experiences, and psychotherapy. She has presented her work and research for the World Bank, the United Nations, the American Psychological Association, multiple national and regional health systems and physician groups as well as at international conferences. She has scores of publications in professional journals, books, and book chapters. Her most recent book is “Living Mindfully Across the Lifespan: An Intergenerational Guide,” which was co-authored with her daughter, Morgan.