Kathleen Garrett has over 20 years’ experience in health and wellness counseling program development in the areas of cancer prevention and survivorship. As such, she has served as a collaborating investigator on seven NIH funded feasibility and efficacy trials of psychosocial and behavioral interventions for cancer patients and caregivers across the cancer continuum. Kathleen received her MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, School of Education and a BS in Human Services from Metropolitan State College with an emphasis on health equity and multicultural counseling. She is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2004 and has received advanced training in MI intervention fidelity assessment. Currently, Kathleen serves as a curriculum developer and trainer for the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative. She also works as a Research Associate in the Community Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Group at the CSPH and the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program in the School of Medicine and serves as a Co-PI on a CCTSI project to assess smoking patterns and chronic life stressors among low SES residents in North Aurora.
Prior to joining the CSPH as a research senior instructor, Kathleen was the Psychosocial Telephone Counseling Program Director at the AMC Cancer Research Center for fifteen years where she managed the national toll-free Cancer Information and Counseling Line and a wide variety of telephone intervention research projects.