Kathleen Young, MPH, PhD

Family Medicine
Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Program Behavioral Medicine Education

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  • I was born and raised in rural Arkansas, the daughter of a family medicine physician and a kindergarten teacher.  After I graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, AR, I moved to northeastern NC to participate in the Teach For America program. My interest in health and well-being led me to pursue a PhD in psychology at Bowling Green State University, where I was able to study health psychology, behavioral weight management, substance use disorders, and behavior change. After completing an internship at the Boston Consortium, I moved to Jackson, MS to complete a postdoctoral fellowship alongside a family medicine residency program.  During my fellowship, I learned that I enjoy practicing psychology in primary care, and that I love working with residents!  I took a position as Director of Behavioral Science and Director of Research at the family medicine residency program at Albany Medical College in 2013.  In 2015, I returned to the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Director of the Clinical Skills Center. Although I enjoyed working with medical students and standardized patients, I am happy that I have returned to family medicine residency education here in Wilmington.

    When I am not at work, I enjoy being outside.  Physical activity is priority in my life. I’m usually happiest when I’m near the water.  Travel, reading, and the arts are passions of mine.  I am also a die-hard Arkansas Razorback fan.

    I believe that it is important to live a life that is in line with one’s values, as that is the most likely path toward personal and professional wellness.  This belief is a large part of what led me to join the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program in Wilmington.  It is a privilege to work with others who strive to provide excellent education and patient care within a supportive professional environment.

    • Bowling Green State University
    • Northwest Ohio Consortium of Public Health
    • Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology
    • University of Mississippi Medical Center
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