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Jennifer Kilkus, PhD, ABPP

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Dr. Kilkus is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and a member of the Medical Staff at Yale New Haven Hospital. As a board certified clinical health psychologist, Dr. Kilkus is particularly interested in the relationships between behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and biological factors in the prevention and treatment of health and disease. Her primary focus is in oncology.

At Smilow Cancer Center, Dr. Kilkus provides evidence-based behavioral medicine and psychotherapy interventions to patients living with cancer. Additionally, she coordinates with Smilow teams to expand available psychosocial programming. Her research interests reflect her commitment to improving quality of life in cancer survivorship, with current studies investigating treatment options for persistent side and late effects of cancer treatment.

Dr. Kilkus has a special interest in training and provides mentoring and supervision to interns in the Behavioral Medicine service through Yale’s APA-accredited clinical psychology internship program.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    WellStar Health System (2015)
  • PhD
    University of Kentucky, Clinical Psychology (2014)
  • Predoctoral Internship
    University of Kentucky (2014)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Early Career Achievement AwardAmerican Psychological Association2019
WellStar Quality AwardWellStar Health System2018

Departments & Organizations