Hi! My name is Kim Dienes and I’m a Clinical Psychology professor here at RU. I study stress sensitivity and depression. In my lab, we explore the vulnerabilities and processes that determine why some people are sensitive to stress, while others remain unshaken. Why might one individual have a stronger reaction to a stressful event than another? We look at biological and psychological responses to stress and how they are involved in risk for depression. We also investigate possible diatheses, or factors that might make someone sensitive to stress, such as early adversity and personality variables. If you are interested in participating in research, please take a look at our current projects and read more about me and the lab members at my faculty website: http://sites.roosevelt.edu/kdienes/. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions or if you are interested in joining our lab.
I teach Basic Clinical Skills to the Master’s students in the fall, Childhood and Adolescence (a service learning course) to undergraduates in the spring, and two year long courses, Psychodynamic Theory I and II and Doctoral Practicum Seminar, to the doctoral students. I believe that the best way to learn is by doing, and I teach using a great deal of active participation. Basic Clinical Skills involves a lab component where you are recorded as you practice clinical skills with a partner, Childhood and Adolescence involves community service with children to see child development in action, and my two doctoral classes include case examples, presentations, and formulations to not only learn material, but apply it.
I am also a licensed clinical psychologist and a partner in Metropolitan Change Alliance, a group practice located at Dearborn and Congress. I work with adults from a dynamic perspective, focusing on relational patterns, but I also use CBT skills and techniques for anxiety reduction. I believe that if you are going to teach clinical skills, you should also do what you teach. If you have any questions about clinical psychology as a graduate degree or a profession, please feel free to come talk to me.