Kathleen S. Brown, PhD
LIWP Clinical/Consulting Planning Committee

Kathleen S. Brown, PhD

Dr. Brown is chief, Integrative Pain Management Center, Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), Honolulu, Hawaii. This position entails clinical and administrative responsibilities for the integrative, interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation program serving Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries in Hawaii. Staffing includes acupuncture, chiropractic, health psychologists, medical massage therapy, nursing, orofacial pain specialist, pain medicine and medical technicians. Brown also serves as clinical adjunct faculty, Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii. In addition, Brown serves as faculty and supervisor for TAMC’s APA-accredited Clinical Psychology internship and Health Psychology post-doctoral fellowship programs. Brown’s prior positions were as president, Health Psychology Associates (1997-2003), an independent practice of health and rehabilitation psychology; chief, Psychology Services, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (1992-1997); chief, Inpatient Psychology, University California Davis Medical Center (1990-1992), and chief, Behavior Medicine, Malcolm Grown Medical Center (1986-1989).

Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in health and rehabilitation psychology for 25 years. Her psychology career was sparked by her initial nursing career in oncology. Brown received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 1986 after her internship at University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center.

A fellow of the American Psychological Association, Brown has held several leadership roles in APA. She currently represents the APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (22) on the Council of Representatives (2011-13) for a second term and is chair, Health Science/Health Care Caucus. She was chair of the Committee of State Leaders (CSL; 2003-2004) after serving on the CSL 2000-2002; Chair, Division 22 Awards Committee, 2002-present; Chair, OIF-OEF Task Force, 2007-2009; and chair, Program Committee, 2006. In addition, she has served on the DoD-VA OTSG Pain Management Task Force Implementation Workgroup, 2010-2011 and was a member of the Commission on Education and Training Leading to Licensure in Psychology, May 19-21, 2000. Brown has also been active in the Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA), serving in each position on the Executive Committee with her Presidential term from 1999 to 2001. Brown’s areas of clinical and research interest include pain management, mind-body and alternative medicine, interdisciplinary team development and adjustment/coping responses to medical illness.

Brown has received the Karl F. Heiser Award for Advocacy, American Psychological Association, 1997; Distinguished Service Award, Hawaii Psychological Association, 2002; Distinguished Service Award, Division 22 – Rehabilitation Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2005 & 2008. Her presentations for keynotes, workshops, grand rounds and continuing education programs focus on a host of issues affecting women and families across the life span.