Dr. Kathryn Roeder

Katie Roeder


Dr. Kathryn Roeder is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) Services at the Boston Child Study Center. She specializes in treating adolescents and adults with mood disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, perfectionism, and excessive self-control. Dr. Roeder is intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), radically open dialectical behavior therapy (RO DBT), prolonged exposure for PTSD (DBT-PE), and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT).

Dr. Roeder graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Following graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, where she contributed to research projects to reduce suicide risk among veterans and develop adjunctive treatments for individuals with chronic depression. She completed her graduate studies at Vanderbilt University, earning a Doctorate of Psychology with a specialization in child and adolescent psychology. Throughout graduate school, Dr. Roeder’s research and clinical training focused on the development of depression and suicide risk in children and adolescents.

Dr. Roeder completed her predoctoral internship at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and her postdoctoral fellowship at BCSC, where she received intensive clinical training and supervision in DBT, CBT, RO DBT, and exposure-based therapies.

One of Dr. Roeder’s clinical interests is treating adolescents and young adults with emotional overcontrol. Self-control is typically viewed as a positive trait; however, when it comes to self-control, sometimes we can have too much of a good thing! Excessive self-control, or overcontrol, can lead to emotional suffering and social disconnection, and it is associated with chronic depression, anorexia nervosa, chronic anxiety, certain types of personality disorders, and perfectionism. Dr. Roeder is the first psychologist in Massachusetts to be intensively trained in radically open dialectical behavior therapy (RO DBT), an evidence-based treatment specifically developed for individuals with emotional overcontrol. Dr. Roeder leads the RO DBT skills group at BCSC and is involved with ongoing efforts to adapt RO DBT for younger populations.