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Kelsey Dickson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar
UC San Diego, Department of Psychiatry

Contact Information

UC San Diego
Department of Psychiatry
9500 Gilman Drive (MC 0812)
La Jolla, CA 92093-0812
(858) 966-7703 x6907


Kelsey Dickson, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in child clinical psychology with a minor concentration in quantitative methods at Kent State University. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego/Veteran’s Affairs Psychology Internship Training Program. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar under the mentorship of Drs. Lauren Brookman-Frazee and Aubyn Stahmer.

Research Focus

Dr. Dickson is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC). Her postdoctoral work has concentrated on services research aimed at the adaptation and implementation of evidenced-based practices (EBPs) for youth with autism spectrum disorder in community-based service settings. Her predoctoral work examined underlying risk factors such as executive functioning (EF) in the etiology of developmental psychopathology in youth. Dr. Dickson is additionally interested in applying an implementation science framework to improve the adoption of EBPs in community services through incorporation of underlying mechanisms of symptomatology (i.e., EF).

Clinical Focus

Dr. Dickson has clinical experience conducting developmental and psychodiagnostic evaluations and delivering empirically supported interventions with children and adolescents presenting with a variety of mental health conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


  • Suhrheinrich, J., Dickson, K.S., Rieth, S.R., Lau, A. F. & Stahmer, A.C. (in press) Exploring the relationship between classroom type and teacher fidelity of implementation.
  • Dickson, K.S. & Ciesla, J.A (under review). Executive Functioning and Negative Affect: An Examination of the Meditational Effects of Emotion Regulation.
  • Dickson, K.S., Ciesla, J.A., & Zelic, K. (2016). The role of executive functioning in adolescent rumination and depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research.
  • Ciesla, J.A., Reilly, L.C., Dickson, K.S., Emanuel, A.S., & Updegraff, J.A. (2012). Dispositional mindfulness moderates the effects of stress among adolescents: Rumination as a mediator. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 41(6), 760-770.
  • Dickson, K.S., Ciesla, J.A., Reilly, L.C. (2012). Rumination, cognitive avoidance, and behavioral avoidance: Examination of temporal effects. Behavior Therapy, 43(3), 629-640.
  • Ciesla, J.A., Dickson, K.S., Anderson, N.L., Neal, D.J. (2011). Negative repetitive thought and college drinking: Angry rumination, depressive rumination, co-rumination, and worry. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35(2), 142-150.