Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPA

Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPA

McLean Hospital Title
  • Senior Advisor, Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry


Kimberlyn Leary, PhD, MPA, is an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is the “Enabling Change” program director. Leary is also a senior advisor for McLean’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health. She is a fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and with New America’s International Security Program. Leary consults as a senior advisor to the CEO at the National Math and Science Initiative and is a Trustee of Amherst College.

As a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow, she served as an advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls for one year, developing the “Advancing Equity” initiative, which focused on improving life outcomes for women and girls of color, and for an additional six months, as an advisor to White House Office of Management and Budget’s Health Division.

Education & Training

  • 1982 AB, Amherst College
  • 1988 PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan;
  • 2009 MPA, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan
  • 2007-2009 Public Services Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
  • 2014-2016 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow
  • 2016-2017 Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Fellow, International Security, New America
Board Certifications:
  • Clinical Psychology, Psychoanalysis in Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology


Phone: 617.855.3668
Office Address: Belmont campus - de Marneffe Building, Room 222A