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Knoxville Area Psychological Association


Kristin Lewis, Ph.D.


Dr. Kristin N. Lewis is a Clinical Psychologist who obtained her Ph.D. from Ohio University with a specialty in Health Psychology. Dr. Lewis moved to Knoxville in 2013 for her clinical internship at Cherokee Health Systems and stayed on at Cherokee to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and continued employment until starting a new private practice, Lewis Psychology, in June 2020. Dr. Lewis uses an integrated approach, with a background in Interpersonal Therapy and specialties in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma.

Lewis Psychology

Ten Questions:

    1.    What was your first real job?: 

    My first real job was working as a cashier at a local video store in Northern California. It is still one of my favorite jobs. 

    2.     What has been your favorite book and why?:

    I'm not sure I'd call them my favorite books, but for fluffy fun I enjoyed the Gail Carriger series. 

    3.     How do you describe your sense of humor?:

    I would describe my sense of humor as sarcastic with a healthy dose of self-deprecation.

    4.     What's your current focus in your work?:

    I consider myself a generalist with a focus on trauma, interpersonal difficulties, anxiety, and depression in adults.

    5.      What kind of patient would you like to see more?:

    Since starting private practice I've seen fewer patients with chronic trauma. I would also like to see more patients identifying as LGBTQIA+.

    6.       What would you like KAPA to provide in the future?:

    I would like the opportunity to be more aware of available providers (i.e. taking new patients). I've really enjoyed the CEs.  

    7.       What guilty pleasure can you not live without?:

    My Audible account. 

    8.       Name two people who have inspired you?:

    Dr. Jena Saporito, a former supervisor, and Dr. Monica Johnson, a friend and psychologist in NYC.

    9.      What is a common point of frustration in your current work?:

    The pandemic! Patients' increased isolation and having fewer options for socialization, support, and general behavioral activation. 

    10.      What’s one thing - either psychology related or not - you learned in the last month?:

               I've learned more about gardening, particularly growing and transplanting seedlings. 

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