Mclean Hospital
R. Kathryn McHugh, PhD

R. Kathryn McHugh, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:
  • Associate Psychologist, Substance Use Disorders Division
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry


Dr. R. Kathryn McHugh engages in a program of clinical and translational research focusing on the nature and treatment of anxiety and substance use disorders. She is particularly interested in the study of affective vulnerability factors, such as distress intolerance, that are common across psychological disorders, with a focus on those that can be modified with treatment. Additionally, Dr. McHugh conducts research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments, with a particular focus on behavioral therapies.

Dr. McHugh is a recipient of awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the College of Problems on Drug Dependence, and has received research funding from both local and national agencies, including a K23 Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. McHugh also specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.


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Education & Training:

  • 2003 BA, Harvard University
  • 2011 PhD, Boston University
  • 2011 Pre-Doctoral Internship, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Board Certifications:
  • 2013 Psychologist, Board of Registration of Psychologists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 2013 Health Service Provider, Board of Registration of Psychologists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts




Office Address:

Belmont campus - Proctor House, Room 325