Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD
Dr. Kaslow is a professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, Chief Psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, Director of the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology, and Chair of the Emory Medical Care Foundation Research Committee. Dr. Kaslow holds joint appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as in the Rollins School of Public Health.
Area of Specialty: Clinical Psychology
Dr. Kaslow chose clinical psychology because she loves to listen and support people as they talk about the challenges they face in their lives. She is passionately dedicated to empowering children and adults alike to cope effectively with these challenges and to lead productive and meaningful lives. She feels strongly that people, particularly those with serious mental illness, who have few material resources, deserve the highest quality mental health care possible.
Dr. Kaslow joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 1990 and has worked at Grady since that time. She has chosen to work at Grady because of her commitment to helping underserved and underprivileged populations receive culturally competent, evidence-based, biopsychosocially-oriented mental health services. She greatly values the interdisciplinary collaborations that are part of the fabric of the health care offered at Grady. And she appreciates everyone’s commitment at Grady to training future generations of health care professionals in the delivery of compassionate care to urban populations. Dr. Kaslow has been an outspoken advocate for Grady; she was one of the co-authors of the Academic Exchange article entitled “Grady at the Crossroads-So are Faculty!” and she spoke at the Grady is Vital Rally.
Dr. Kaslow is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, Couple and Family Psychology, and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. At Emory, she is Past-President of the University Senate and Past-Chair of the Faculty Council and former Special Assistant to the Provost. Dr. Kaslow received her doctorate at the University of Houston and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory University in 1990, Dr. Kaslow was an assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Child Study Center, and Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Kaslow is a member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Trustees, the Editor of the Journal of Family Psychology, and President of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Family Process Institute, and the Wynne Center for Family Research. She is Past President of APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12), Society of Family Psychology (Division 43), and Division of Psychotherapy (Division 29), as well as the American Board of Clinical Psychology. From 1998-2002, Dr Kaslow was the Chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and she is now a board member Emeritus of this organization. In 2002, she chaired the multinational 2002 Competencies Conference: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology. Dr. Kaslow was a Fellow in the 2003-2004 Class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, a Fellow in the 2004 Woodruff Leadership Academy, and a Primary Care Public Policy Fellow through the United States Public Health Service - Department of Health and Human Services.
She has been a member of the National Institute of Mental Health Interventions and Treatment and Child Psychopathology and Treatment Institutional Review Groups. Currently, she is the recipient of grants from the (1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Mental Health focused on the treatment of intimate partner violence and suicidal behavior in African American women; (2) American Foundation of Suicide Prevention focused on helping families cope with the loss of a loved one to suicide; (3) Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration for a campus-wide suicide prevention program; and (4) Emory University Research Council to study compassion meditation for low-income, suicidal African Americans. Dr. Kaslow has over 250 publications on the assessment and treatment of family violence (intimate partner violence, child maltreatment), assessment and treatment of depression and suicide in youth and adults, couples and family therapy, women’s mental health, pediatric psychology, and a competency-based approach to psychology education and supervision.
Dr. Kaslow has received a number of awards including APA Division 29 Krasner Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychotherapy, APA’s Division 43 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology, APA Heiser Award, Spielberger Empathy Award, APA’s Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award, APA Presidential Citation, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers Outstanding Teacher Award, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Training, the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology, the Mentoring for Leadership Award, and the Dr. Rosalee Weiss Lecturer Award from the American Psychological Foundation.
A member of Rosalynn Carter’s Mental Health Advisory Board, she serves on a number of community boards, including the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Dr. Kaslow is a frequent guest on local and national radio and television programs, and is often called upon to comment to newspapers and magazines on a broad array of mental health topics relevant to children, women, families, and stress and coping during times of tragedy. Dr. Kaslow remains passionately involved in taking ballet classes, teaching ballet and serves as the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet.
There are countless reasons and stories that capture why I work at Grady. Here are two...
Last year, I received a call that a young man with schizophrenia, the child of a local celebrity, had shot himself and the hospital he was at indicated his prognosis was grim. Airlifted to Grady, his life was saved in one of Grady’s intensive care units. Once on Grady’s psychiatric unit, he was depressed, hopeless, and complained of voices telling him to kill himself. Through intensive inpatient and outpatient counseling and medications, he began rebuilding his life. Recently, I received a remarkable email from him, saying that for the first time as an adult, he wanted to live. He is now employed and attending college. He said his time at Grady was the turning point because of our willingness to go the extra mile to save his life. He felt if we cared about him, he could care about himself. He wanted his story to be told, as he felt Grady was vital to his survival.
And one more story from the Grady Nia Project - a program for abused, suicidal African American women. A woman came to our program, homeless and injured after leaving her abuser and having overdosed. She had never worked, could not read, and her children had been taken from her. She attended support groups and received medicine for her depression. For the first time in a decade, she had a physical examination and learned she had breast cancer. She was well taken care of in the Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Center, on the 9th floor of Grady, and a member of the Nia team sat with her as she underwent her treatments. Her cancer is in remission. The Grady Nia Project hooked her up with an adult literacy program. Recently, she came by my office smiling and hugged me. Not only does she have permanent housing, but she had her reading graduation certificate in hand and exclaimed, do you know how wonderful it is to read soup can labels? That means I can get the soup I like.
Without a doubt I am a proud member of the Emory@Grady family.
Video with Dr. Kaslow after she was honored by the Grady Health Foundation for her inspiring mentorship.
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