Kristen Reinhardt, Ph.D.
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology at the Durham VA Medical Center in the Women's Health Center/Male MST Program. I trained with Dr. Zucker during my psychology pre-doctoral internship year (2017-18) at Duke Medical Center in the Duke Center for Eating Disorders. Dr. Zucker and I continue to collaborate on research projects focusing on interoception. My clinical and research interests meet at the intersections of body awareness, emotion regulation, and exposure to sexual trauma. Specifically, I research how hyper- and hypo-awareness of body sensations helps sexual trauma survivors regulate their emotions, which can lead to reductions in psychopathology related to sexual trauma exposure. Thus far, my research shows that more awareness of inner body sensations (i.e., interoception) is associated with lower PTSD symptoms among female sexual trauma survivors. This finding will give way to future research, including: assessing the role of body awareness in emotion regulation among sexual trauma survivors and testing if changes in body awareness is a mechanism of change in body-based interventions (i.e., yoga) for sexual trauma survivors. Clinically, I practice Dialectical Behavior Therapist, conduct evidence-based trauma-focused therapies (e.g., Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy) and work with folks with disordered eating behaviors. I feel incredibly driven to promote research and clinical work that helps the entire person - body, mind, emotions, all experiences! - come to therapy, versus simply the thinking mind.