Lindsey Colman McKernan, Ph.D. MPH

Associate Professor
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Clinical Psychology Doctorate: University of Tennessee
Internship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Clinical Interests: Interstitial Cystitis (IC/BPS), Pelvic Floor Disorders, Chronic Pain Conditions, Trauma, Hypnosis

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Profile

Dr. McKernan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, having joined the faculty in 2014.  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, urologic pain, 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 co-facilitates our interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome clinic with Rochell Sasse, APRN and W. Stuart Reynolds, MD. Dr. McKernan is currently funded by the National Institute of Health to develop innovative psychosocial treatments for interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome and the patients we serve 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.