Lindsey C. McKernan, Ph.D, MPH

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Health Psychologist
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
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Dr. McKernan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with a secondary appointment in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Clinically, Dr. McKernan specializes in treating the intersection between co-occurring chronic health conditions and mental health.  She has particular interests in working with trauma and chronic illness, and has additional expertise in clinical hypnosis.  

Currently, Dr. McKernan works as a clinician at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) and Department of Urologic Surgery. Dr. McKernan is currently funded by the National Institute of Health to develop innovative psychosocial treatments for specific pain populations served at VUMC. Recognizing that pain is a highly unique experience to the individual, the lab and its collaborators are working to administer psychosocial interventions for urologic populations, specifically interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. 

The lab's focus is to inform treatment and intervention delivery through applying patient-informed approaches to care, understanding unique patient-level factors that influence pain, expanding treatments to a wider audience, and using data science to inform intervention efforts. 

Dr. McKernan has a highly collaborative research lab, and you can follow her work by visiting or following updates on twitter through @LCMPhD or @themckernanlab


Web Article:

Machine Learning Helps Identify Suicide Risks and Protective Factors for Fibromyalgia Patients