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Kristin Kilbourn, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Email: Kristin Kilbourn
Office Location: North Classroom, 5th Floor
Phone: (303) 556-2687
Fax: (303) 556-3520
Office hours: By appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Stress and Health, Psychosocial Oncology, Psychoneuroimmunology, Palliative Care, Caregiver Stress

Education & Degrees

Post-doctoral Training, University of Miami, Department of Psychology

Clinical Internship, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Miami, FL

Ph.D., Clinical Health Psychology, University of Miami

M.P.H., Health Promotion and Behavioral Medicine, San Diego State University

B.A., Psychology and Biology, University of California, San Diego


Dr. Kilbourn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. She is a member of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds Adjunct faculty positions in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry on the University of Colorado Denver Medical Campus. She also serves on the medical staff at National Jewish Health.

Dr. Kilbourn has extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders in medical patients. In addition to her clinical work at National Jewish Health, she works with cancer survivors at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and provides clinical supervision to clinical health psychology doctoral students.

Dr. Kilbourn has been involved in a number of behavioral medicine research trials ranging from primary prevention programs to health outcome interventions. She is currently involved in a number of research projects within the area of psychosocial oncology, cancer survivorship and palliative care. Dr. Kilbourn is particularly interested in the design and testing of empirically-based psychosocial interventions for medical patients and their families. She is also interested in psychoneuroimmunology and the potential impact of psychosocial interventions on biological outcomes (e.g. salivary cortisol, cytokines and other pro-inflammatory factors).

Select Publications

Kilbourn, K, *Bargai, N, ,*Durning, P, DeRoche, K, *Madore, S & Zabora, J (under review). "The Psycho-oncology Screening Tool (POST): Validity of a New Screening Measure."

Kilbourn, K, Kutner, J, Costenaro, A, DeRoche, K, Vancura, J, *Anderson, D & *Ellis, T. (under review). "The Feasibility and Acceptability of a Telephone-based counseling program for Hospice Caregivers."

Jean-Pierre, P, Fiscella, K; Winters, P;Wells, K; Battaglia, T; Post, D; Simon,M; Kilbourn, K; For the Patient Navigation Research Program. (under review). "Psychometric Development and Validation of a Patient Satisfaction with Interpersonal Relationship with Navigator (PSN-I) Measure: A Multi-Site National Cancer Institute Sponsored Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP) Study."

Kutner, J, Kilbourn, K, Costenaro, A, Lee, C, Nowels, C, Vancura, J, *Anderson, D,& *Ellis, T. (2009) "Support needs of informal hospice caregivers: A qualitative study." Journal of Palliative Care. 12(12): 1101-1104

Kutner, J & Kilbourn, K (2009). "Bereavement: addressing challenges faced by advanced cancer patients, their caregivers, and their physicians." Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. 36(4):825-44.

Antoni, M. H., Lehman, J. M., Kilbourn, K. M., Boyers, A. E., Culver, J. L., Alferi, S. M., Yount, S. E., McGregor, B. A., Arena, P. L., Harris, S. D., Price, A. A., & Carver, C. S. (2001). "Cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention decreases the prevalence of depression and enhances benefit finding among women under treatment for early-stage breast cancer." Health Psychology, 20, 20-32.

* denoted trainee or former trainee working under Dr. Kilbourn

Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Psychotherapy
Health Psychology II
Clinical Supervision