Sarah Kirk

Director of the KU Psychological Clinic Clinical Psychology
Primary office:
Fraser Hall 347
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Ph.D., 1998, University of Kansas
Dr. Kirk is a clinical faculty member and administrator.  She directs all practicum activity, supervises, and facilitates clinical training opportunities.  She also teaches graduate courses and provides professional development mentorship to students.


Research Interests

As director of the KU Psychological Clinic I am most interested in promoting clinical training in our graduate program. Specifically, I am focused on increasing our students' assessment, therapy, and supervision experiences, broadening their practicum opportunities, and improving their use of technology as applied to clinical interventions. Additionally, I would like to further promote evidence based treatments in our clinic.

Quality improvement and assurance is a principal goal for me, as well as developing measurements to promote the highest quality of care for our clients and training.

My research interests are in evaluating graduate training processes via outcome and competency based assessment. I am also interested in clinical outcomes, specifically functional outcomes for clients served in our clinic.  I do not act as a primary research advisor for any incoming graduate students so any requests for research mentorship should go to other clinical faculty.

Clinical Interests

I have a specialization in health psychology within clinical psychology.  I have often worked with persons of all age ranges with chronic health conditions, pain, and somatization conditions.  I have a background in pediatric psychology and enjoy working with children who have health concerns that intersect with psychological symptoms. 

I have a strong background working with persons of all ages with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  I also have worked a great deal with anxiety disorders and especially obsessive compulsive disorders and specific phobias using exposure and response prevention approaches.

I also do assessment of all types and especially enjoy cognitive, ADHD, and Learning Disability assessment. 

Teaching Interests

I teach clinical psychology Assessment (cognitive and diagnostic interviewing). Supervision and Consultation courses (theory, research and field practicum) and History and Ethics.  I am also an active supervisor for practicum students and all of our clinic groups.

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