Biography

Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in clinical psychology with a focus on caring for patients recovering from significant illness and traumatic injuries. 

Dr. Roaten earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at UT Southwestern, where she also completed a fellowship in clinical health psychology. 

Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010. 

Dr. Roaten is a supervisor in the American Psychological Association-accredited clinical psychology internship program and teaches graduate students, medical students, and residents. She is also the Director of Quality for Safety, Education, and Implementation in the Department of Psychiatry at Parkland Memorial Hospital. 

Dr. Roaten’s research focuses on developing strategies for improving suicide risk detection in health care systems, and she has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts on the subject. She leads the Universal Suicide Screening Program at Parkland Health & Hospital System (PHHS) – work that has been recognized by The Joint Commission and was included as a case use example resulting in the 2017 HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for PHHS. 

Her additional research interests include psychological recovery after traumatic injury, particularly among survivors of major burn injuries. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Psychiatry Research, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, and Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries.

Dr. Roaten is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Psychological Association. She is also a member of the American Association of Suicidology, the American Burn Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychopathological Association, the Dallas Psychological Association, and the Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

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Education & Training
  • Graduate School - UT Southwestern Medical School (2002-2005), Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Undergraduate School - University of Texas at Austin (1998-2001)
  • Internship - Southern Methodist University (2007-2008)
  • Graduate School - UT Southwestern Medical School (2005-2008), Psychology
  • Internship - UT Southwestern Medical School (2008-2009), Clinical Psychology
  • Other Post Graduate Training - UT Southwestern Medical School (2002-2005)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - UT Southwestern Medical School (2005-2008)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Psychological Association
  • Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • Dallas Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Association of Suicidology
Honors & Awards
  • Outstanding Educator Award - UT Southwestern School of Health Professions 2014
  • Carmen Miller Michael Award 2007
  • Chief Resident - Clinical Psychology 2008
Books & Publications