Kristen H. Walter, Ph.D. is a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, California, where she investigates the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and conditions that commonly co-occur with PTSD, such as major depressive disorder (MDD), and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Walter explores both evidence-based treatments for PTSD and co-occurring conditions, as well as complementary and alternative approaches. She is an Investigator on several Department of Defense-funded trials, including randomized controlled trials comparing evidence-based psychotherapies for co-occurring PTSD/MDD and another comparing two activity-based interventions (surf and hike therapy) for MDD. She is also a privileged clinical provider at Naval Medical Center San Diego and a licensed psychologist in the states of California and Ohio.
Dr. Walter earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Case Western Reserve University; she received her MA degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She completed her Clinical Psychology Internship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center in the Trauma Specialty Track. Her work has consistently incorporated both research and clinical care provision, which work in tandem to inform the development and testing of interventions that are optimally suited to address PTSD and co-occurring conditions. Dr. Walter has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and has given many invited lectures. She also serves as a reviewer for various peer-reviewed journal publications and is a member of several professional organizations.