Faculty Profile: Kevin McKay, Ph.D.

Kevin McKay, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-793-8737
Dr. McKay's primary responsibilities are clinical. However, he maintains an academic interest in professional issues as well as both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy process and he is particularly interested in the manner in which "common factors" and "specific ingredients" influence treatment outcome within the field of behavioral medicine.


Dr. McKay completed his doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, his pre-doctoral internship at the Hines VA Medical Center near Chicago, and his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. From 2008 to 2011 Dr. McKay was a staff psychologist in the Department of Clinical Behavioral Medicine Services at the Miriam Hospital. In that role he was responsible for providing clinical weight management services to patients in the weight management program and general behavioral medicine services with an emphasis on integrated primary care. He created behavioral health consultation services at the Rhode Island Free Clinic and the Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Clinic. In 2011 Dr. McKay became a staff psychologist at the Providence VA Medical Center in Primary Care Behavioral Health. In this role Dr. McKay administers brief assessments and behavioral treatments and trains pre-doctoral residents in the provision of these services.

Research Description


Grants and Awards

2002 Comprehensive Examination of Distinction, Boston College
2003 Wakonse College Teaching Fellowship (funded by the National
Science Foundation)
2004 Wisconsin-Spencer Doctoral Research Fellowship
2005 American Psychological Association Division 17 Counseling
Health Psychology Research Award
2005 Margaret Bernauer Psychology Research Award
2006 Illinois Psychological Association Graduate Student Academic
Poster Award (Quantitative)


2003 to Present American Psychological Association
Division 38 (Health Psychology)

2006 to 2007 Illinois Psychological Association

2008 to Present Society of Behavioral Medicine

Funded Research


Selected Publications

  • Howard, K.A.S., Budge, S.L., & McKay, K.M. (2010). Youth exposed to violence: The role of protective factors. Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 63 – 79. (2010)
  • Imel, Z. E., Malterer, M. B., McKay, K. M. & Wampold, B. E. (2008). A meta-analysis of psychotherapy and medication in depression and dysthmia. Journal of Affective Disorders, 110, 197-206. (2008)
  • McKay, K. M., Hill, M. C., Enright R. D., & Freedman, S. (2007). Towards a feminist empowerment model of forgiveness psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 44, 14 – 29. (2007)
  • McKay, K. M., Imel, Z. E., & Wampold, B. E. (2006). Psychiatrist effects in the psychopharmacological treatment of depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 92, 287 – 290. (2006)