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Kerry Makin-Byrd, PhD


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Kerry Makin-Byrd, PhD

Portrait of Kerry Makin-Byrd, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dissemination and Training Division

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  • The Pennsylvania State University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2009
  • College of Wooster, Psychology, BA, 2002

Expertise and Interests

  • Sexual trauma and family violence
  • Family resilience and parenting
  • Military sexual trauma screening
  • Mindfulness based interventions
  • Professional training development

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • American Psychological Association

Awards and Honors

  • Special Contribution Award, recognizing VA employee contribution with significant national impact on VA mental health services (2013)

Selected Publications

Owen, J., Jaworski, B., Kuhn, E., Makin-Byrd, K., Ramsey, K., & Hoffman, J. (2015). mHealth in the wild: Using novel data to examine the reach, use, and impact of PTSD Coach. Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health, 2(1), e7. doi:10.2196/mental.3935.

Heinz, A. J., Makin-Byrd, K., Blonigen, D. M., Reilly, P., & Timko, C. (2015). Aggressive behavior among military Veterans in substance use disorder treatment: The roles of posttraumatic stress and impulsivity. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 50, 59-66. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2014.10.014.

Makin-Byrd, K. N. & Bierman, K.L. (2013). Individual and family predictors of dating violence perpetration and victimization in late adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(4), 536-50. doi:10.1007/s10964-012-9810-7.

Makin-Byrd, K. N., Bonn-Miller, M., Drescher, K., & Timko, C. (2012). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptom severity predicts aggression after treatment. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26(2), 337-342. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.11.012.

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