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Kile Ortigo, PhD

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Kile Ortigo, PhD

Portrait of Kile M. Ortigo, PhD

Clinical Psychologist (Program Director, webSTAIR)

Dissemination and Training Division

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  • Emory University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2012
  • Emory University, Clinical Psychology, MA, 2007
  • University of Arkansas, Honors College, BA, 2006

Expertise and Interests

  • Personality constructs, conceptualization, and change in adulthood
  • Lifespan developmental models and adult attachment
  • Use of technology in reaching and helping treat individuals with PTSD (e.g., mobile apps, websites, etc.) - currently leading efforts to implement webSTAIR in the VA system
  • Training in competency for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer populations
  • Implementation and dissemination efforts of best practices and promising new treatments for PTSD

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Awards and Honors

  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists, Early Career Psychologist Award, 2014
  • Emory University, Heilbrun Award for Outstanding Published Research, 2010

Selected Publications

McCaslin, S., Ortigo, K. M., Simon, E., & Ruzek, J. (in press). Understanding and treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans. In N. Roberts (Ed.), Handbook of Veterans Mental Health.

Kauth, M. R., Shipherd, J. C., Barrera, T. L., Ortigo, K. M., & Jones, K. R. (2016). Trainees' perceptions of the Veterans Health Administration interprofessional psychology fellowships in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 10, 361-368.

Ortigo, K. M., & Weiss, B. (2016). Silence harms: Professional training issues in the clinical assessment of sexuality and gender. Invited book chapter in V. Brabender & J. Mihura (Eds.), Handbook of gender, sex, & psychological assessment (pp. 605-626). New York, NY: Routledge.

Ortigo, K. M., Westen, D., DeFife, J., & Bradley, B. (2013). Attachment, social cognition, and posttraumatic stress symptoms in a traumatized, urban population: Evidence for the mediating role of object relations. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 361-368.

Ortigo, K. M., Bradley, B., & Westen, D. (2009). Personality subtypes of suicidal adults. The Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, 197, 687-694.

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