Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., ABPP, is a 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 Psychology, 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 Pediatrics, Psychiatry Research, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Journal of Burn Care and Research, and Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries.

Dr. Roaten is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and has served as 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, and the Dallas Psychological Association.


Undergraduate School
University of Texas at Austin (2001)
Other Post Graduate Training
UT Southwestern Medical School (2005)
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2005), Rehabilitation Counseling
Southern Methodist University (2008)
Other Post Graduate Training
UT Southwestern Medical School (2008)
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2008), Psychology
Medical School
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2008)
UT Southwestern Medical School (2009), Clinical Psychology

Research Interest

  • psychosocial outcomes after burn injury
  • suicide prevention in healthcare systems


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Assessing recent suicidal ideation and behavior in the adult epilepsy monitoring unit.
Husari KS, Blackburn KM, Ding K, Roaten K, Hays R, Epilepsy Behav 2019 Mar 94 100-103
Determining Suicide Risk in Trauma Patients Using a Universal Screening Program.
Imran JB, Richmond RE, Madni TD, Roaten K, Clark AT, Huang E, Mokdad AA, Taveras LR, Abdelfattah KR, Cripps MW, Eastman AL J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2018 Mar
Reasons for Distress Among Burn Survivors at 6, 12 and 24 Months Post-Discharge: A Burn Injury Model System Investigation.
Wiechman SA, McMullen K, Carrougher GJ, Fauerbach JA, Ryan C, Herndon DN, Holavanahalli R, Gibran NS, Roaten K Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2017 Dec
Suicide Risk Assessment and Management in the Psychiatry Emergency Service: Psychiatric Provider Experience and Perceptions.
Chunduri S, Browne S, Pollio DE, Hong BA, Roy W, Roaten K, Khan F, North CS Arch Suicide Res 2017 Dec
Posttraumatic growth in a heterogeneous sample of traumatically injured patients 1 year postinjury.
Roden-Foreman K, Robinson R, Bennett M, Roaten K, Petrey L, Powers MB, Warren AM J Clin Psychol 2017 Nov
Suicide Risk Assessment and Management: Real-World Experience and Perceptions of Emergency Medicine Physicians.
Roy W, Roaten K, Downs D, Khan F, Pollio DE, North CS Arch Suicide Res 2016 Jun


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Burns. In Practical Psychology in Medical Rehabilitation

Roaten, K. (2016). New York, NY, Springer

Honors & Awards

  • Pam Blumenthal Service Award - Dallas Psychological Association
  • Clinical Research Award - American Burn Association
  • Presidents Award - Texas Psychological Association
  • Finalist - D CEO's Excellence in Healthcare Awards
  • Outstanding Faculty Award - UT Southwestern School of Health Professions
  • HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence - Parkland Health & Hospital System
  • Outstanding Educator Award - UT Southwestern School of Health Professions
  • Outstanding Educator Award - UT Southwestern School of Health Professions
  • Chief Resident - Clinical Psychology
  • Carmen Miller Michael Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Suicidology
  • American Burn Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychopathological Association
  • Dallas Psychological Association
  • Texas Psychological Association