Katherine Elkington, PhD
Dr. Elkington, center co-director, received her PhD in clinical psychology from Northwestern University and completed her postdoctorate education at Columbia University, studying sexual risk and HIV prevention. Her research has focused on examining multi-systemic correlates and prevalence of HIV risk behavior, psychiatric and substance use disorders, and understanding service access and developing HIV/STI prevention interventions for high-risk adolescents, including youth involved in the juvenile justice system. She has collaborated with other key stakeholders in the development and testing of interventions to reduce sexual risk, promote health, and increase access to psychiatric and substance use services. In addition to her work with the Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice, Dr. Elkington holds several positions at Columbia University Medical Center. She is a research scientist and training director for the T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, within the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health. She is also an investigator with the HIV Center's Intervention Science Core. Dr. Elkington has received numerous honors and awards, including the New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholars Award, the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies Publication Award, and the Pisetsky Young Investigator Award, and has co-authored over 30 publications. She is currently PI of several research studies through NIMH and NIDA.
See a complete list of Dr. Elkington’s publications here.