Faculty Profile: Kristy Dalrymple, Ph.D.

Kristy Dalrymple, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-444-7095
Dr. Dalrymple's research primarily focuses on developing and testing newer psychotherapies for individuals who experience depression and anxiety. Ultimately, she hopes to improve treatment for these individuals in the community.


Dr. Dalrymple completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2005. After receiving her degree, she came to Brown and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2007 under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Zimmerman. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is based at Rhode Island Hospital, where she continues to conduct research with Dr. Zimmerman on the Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) Project. Her academic interests include treatment development for comorbid depression and social anxiety, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Research Description

Dr. Dalrymple's primary research interests include examining clinical characteristics of individuals with comorbid depression and social anxiety, and treatment development for this comorbidity pattern (including cognitive-behavioral and newer acceptance-based behavioral treatments). Other research interests include the role of processes such as experiential avoidance and mindfulness in psychopathology, studying the presence of social anxiety in bariatric surgery candidates, and integrating evidence-based assessment and treatment into routine clinical practice.

Grants and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society, 2000
Sigma Xi Research Award, 2000
Arthur John Ter Keurst Psychology Scholarship, 1999
National Senior Honor Society, 1999-2000
Psi Chi, 1998-2000
Hope College Pew Society, 1998-2000
Hope College Endowed Scholarship, 1996-2000
Anna R. Pipp Foundation Scholarship, 1996-2000
Honors in Research Methods and Clinical Applications, Drexel University, 2002
Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health, 2007-Present
Toy Caldwell-Colbert Excellence in Teaching Award, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, 2012-2013


American Psychological Association, 1999-2010
Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (APA Div 12, Sect 3), 2001-Present
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, 1999-Present
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, 2008-Present
Association for Psychological Science, 2010-Present

Funded Research

Funding Agency: NIMH
Title: Treatment Development for Comorbid Major Depression and Social Phobia
Grant Number: K23MH085730-01-A1
Role: Principal Investigator
Award Period: 2010-2015
Total Costs: $772,712

Funding Agency: NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association
Young Investigator Award
Title: Integrated Behavior Therapy to Augment Pharmacotherapy in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder and Secondary Social Phobia
Role: Principal Investigator
Award Period: 2007-2010
Total Costs: $60,000

Selected Publications

  • Kelly, M.M., Dalrymple, K.L., Zimmerman, M., & Phillips, K.A. (2013). A comparison study of body dysmorphic disorder versus social phobia. Psychiatry Research, 205, 109-116. (2013)
  • Zimmerman, M., Martinez, J., Dalrymple, K., Chelminski, I., & Young, D. (2013). "Subthreshold" depression: Is the distinction between depressive disorder not otherwise specified and adjustment disorder valid? Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74, 470-476. (2013)
  • Zimmerman, M., Martinez, J.H., Dalrymple, K., Chelminski, I., & Young, D. (2013). Should criteria be specified for depressive disorder not otherwise specified? Journal of Affective Disorders, 147, 118-122. (2013)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., Martinez, J., Tepe, E., Young, D., Chelminski, I., Morgan, T., & Zimmerman, M. (2013). A clinically useful social anxiety disorder outcome scale. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54, 758-765. (2013)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., & Zimmerman, M. (2013). Social anxiety: When does shyness become a disorder? Current Psychiatry, 12, 21-23, 35-38. (2013)
  • Zimmerman, M., Martinez, J., Young, D., Chelminski, I., & Dalrymple, K. (2013). Severity classification on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Journal of Affective Disorders, 150, 384-388. (2013)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., & D'Avanzato, C. (2013). Differentiating subtypes of social anxiety disorder. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 13, 1271-1283. (2013)
  • Tepe, E., Dalrymple, K., & Zimmerman, M. (2012). The impact of comorbid cannabis use disorders on the clinical presentation of social anxiety disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 50-56. (2012)
  • Dalrymple, K.L. (2012). Issues and controversies surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of social anxiety disorder. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 12, 993-1008. (2012)
  • Dalrymple, K.L. (2012). Social anxiety disorder comorbid with depression: Current research and future directions for treatment. In A.M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, Volume 89. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. (2012)
  • Zimmerman, M., Young, D., Chelminski, I., Dalrymple, K., & Galione, J.N. (2012). Overcoming the problem of diagnostic heterogeneity in applying measurement-based care in clinical practice: the concept of psychiatric vital signs. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 53, 117-124. (2012)
  • Zimmerman, M., Hrabosky, J., Young, D., Chelminski, I., Galione, J.N., Francione, C., & Dalrymple, K. (2011). Impact of obesity on the psychometric properties of the DSM-IV criteria for major depressive disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 52, 146-150. (2011)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., & Zimmerman, M. (2011). Age of onset of comorbid social anxiety disorder in depressed outpatients. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 131-137. (2011)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., Galione, J., Hrabosky, J., Chelminski, I., Young, D., O'Brien, E., & Zimmerman, M. (2011). Diagnosing social anxiety disorder in the presence of obesity: Implications for a proposed change in DSM-5. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 377-382. (2011)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., & Zimmerman, M. (2011). Treatment-seeking for social anxiety disorder in a general outpatient psychiatry setting. Psychiatry Research, 187, 375-381. (2011)
  • Zimmerman, M., Dalrymple, K., Chelminski, I., Young, D., & Galione, J.N. (2010). Recognition of irrationality of fear and the diagnosis of social anxiety disorder and specific phobia in adults: Implications for criteria revision in DSM-5. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 1044-1049. (2010)
  • Zimmerman, M., Galione, J.N., Chelminski, I., Young, D., Dalrymple, K., & Francione, C. (2010). Validity of a simpler definition of major depressive disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 977-981. (2010)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., Fiorentino, L., Politi, M., & Posner, D. (2010). Incorporating principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for insomnia: A case example. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 40, 209-217. (2010)
  • Zimmerman, M., Chelminski, I., Young, D., & Dalrymple, K. (2010). A clinically useful anxiety outcome scale. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 71, 534-542. (2010)
  • Gaudiano, B.A., Dalrymple, K.L., & Zimmerman, M. (2009). Prevalence and clinical characteristics of psychotic versus nonpsychotic major depression in a general psychiatric outpatient clinic. Depression and Anxiety, 26, 54-64. (2009)
  • Zimmerman, M., Galione, J.N, Chelminski, I., McGlinchey, J.B., Young, D., Dalrymple, K.L., Ruggero, C.J., & Francione-Witt, C. (2009). A simpler definition of major depressive disorder. Psychological Medicine, 40, 451-457. (2009)
  • Herbert, J.D., Gaudiano, B.A., Rheingold, A.A., Moitra, E., Myers, V.H., Dalrymple, K.L., & Brandsma, L.L. (2009). Cognitive behavior therapy for generalized social anxiety disorder in adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 167-177. (2009)
  • Dalrymple, K.L. (2009). Assessing for social fears and social anxiety disorder in psychiatric outpatients. Directions in Psychiatry, 29, 27-35. (2009)
  • Dalrymple, K.L. (2009). Social anxiety disorder: An update and future directions. Minerva Psichiatrica, 50, 277-289. (2009)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., & Zimmerman, M. (2008). Screening for social fears and social anxiety disorder in psychiatric outpatients. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 49, 399-406. (2008)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., & Zimmerman, M. (2008). Differences in clinical presentation between depressed outpatients wanting versus not wanting treatment for comorbid social anxiety disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 196, 639-642. (2008)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., Herbert, J.D., & Gaudiano, B.A. (2007). Onset of illness and developmental factors in social anxiety disorder: Findings from a retrospective interview. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 29, 101-110. (2007)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., & Zimmerman, M. (2007). Does comorbid social anxiety disorder impact the clinical presentation of principal major depressive disorder? Journal of Affective Disorders, 100, 241-247. (2007)
  • Dalrymple, K.L., & Herbert, J.D. (2007). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for generalized social anxiety disorder: A pilot study. Behavior Modification, 31, 543-568. (2007)
  • Herbert, J.D., Gaudiano, B.A., Rheingold, A.A., Myers, V.H., Dalrymple, K.L., & Nolan, E.M. (2005). Social skills training augments the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy for social anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy, 36, 125-138. (2005)
  • Herbert, J.D., Crittenden, K.B., & Dalrymple, K.L. (2004). Knowledge of social anxiety disorder relative to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among educational professionals. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 33, 366-372. (2004)
  • Dalrymple, K.L. (in press). Combined treatments (medications plus psychotherapy). In R. Cautin & S.O. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell. ()
  • Levin, M.E., Dalrymple, K., & Zimmerman, M. (in press). Which facets of mindfulness predict the presence of substance use disorders in an outpatient psychiatric sample? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. ()
  • Morgan, T.A., Chelminski, I., Young, D., Dalrymple, K., & Zimmerman, M. (in press). Is dimensional scoring important only for subthreshold levels of severity in personality disorders other than borderline? Comprehensive Psychiatry. ()
  • Zimmerman, M., Martinez, J., Young, D., Chelminski, I., Morgan, T.A., & Dalrymple, K. (in press). Comorbid bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder and history of suicide attempts. Journal of Personality Disorders. ()
  • Zimmerman, M., Martinez, J.H., Morgan, T.A., Young, D., Chelminski, I., & Dalrymple, K. (in press). Distinguishing bipolar II depression from major depressive disorder with comorbid borderline personality disorder: Demographic, clinical, and family history differences. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. ()
  • Dalrymple, K.L., Morgan, T.A., Lipschitz, J.M., Martinez, J.H., Tepe, E., & Zimmerman, M. (in press). An integrated, acceptance-based behavioral approach for depression with social anxiety: Preliminary results. Behavior Modification. ()