Jennifer Penberthy, PhD

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PenberthyK J. Kim Penberthy, Ph.D., ABBP
Professor of Research in Psychiatric Medicine
Chester F. Carlson Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
Division of Outpatient Psychiatry
Division of Perceptual Studies
UVA Contemplative Sciences Center


Phone:(434) 924-2241
Fax:(434) 243-4743

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Ph.D. Degree:Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998

Residency:Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Fellowship:Behavioral Medicine, University of Virginia

Certification and Interests

Certification:  Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), 1997

Research Interests:  Chronic depression, CBASP, accurate diagnosis of ADHD, ADHD (adult and child), physician-patient therapeutic alliance and transference issues, treatment of alcohol and substance dependence and co-morbid disorders, smoking prevention; mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness based relapse prevention; contemplative practices; Specializes in working with patients with both physical illnesses such as cancer, HIV, diabetes and mental health issues.Additional research interests include; consciousness and psychology at the end of life, and research regarding the use of contemplative and mindfulness practices to enhance the abilities and performance of humans.