Dr. Kathleen Boykin McElhaney


Dr. Kathleen Boykin McElhaney is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with older children, adolescents and adults. She is trained in both psychotherapy and psychological assessment.

Dr. McElhaney graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She went on to earn both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at UVA. Dr. McElhaney currently holds a part-time faculty position at UVa as a Research Associate in Psychology. Her research has examined the links between family relationships and child outcomes, with a particular focus on parent-adolescent relationships and adolescent social and emotional development. Her research work has included several published articles and conference presentations, as well as a published chapter on adolescent development.Dr. McElhaney completed her predoctoral internship with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. There she worked with children, adolescents and families as well as individual adults, and conducted both psychotherapy and psychological evaluations. As a postdoctoral clinician at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, she served as the Assistant Clinic Director at the Psychological Services Center (PSC). The PSC is an outpatient training clinic dedicated to providing empirically supported treatments at reduced cost to the UMass and local communities.

At the PSC, Dr. McElhaney conducted short and long-term individual psychotherapy as well as psychological assessments. She worked with both children/adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, learning disorders and anger management issues, as well as adjustment difficulties linked to developmental transitions and life changes. She also trained and supervised clinical psychology graduate students, and received a University award for Outstanding Community Service and Engagement for helping to establish and administer the PSC’s Psychological Assessment Team.

Dr. McElhaney approaches her work with a strong background in both developmental and clinical psychology. She believes in using an integrated approach in helping people utilize their own strengths to reach their goals. She incorporates family systems, cognitive-behavioral and/or behavioral strategies with other methods, depending on the needs and goals of each individual. Dr. McElhaney is married and enjoys baking, reading and exploring local parks with her two children.