Kelsey Hudson headshot. Kelsey has long dark blond hair and is smiling. Kelsey Hudson, PhD

Kelsey Hudson, PhD, (she/her) is a child/adolescent Clinical Psychologist focusing on the mental health impacts of climate change on young people.

Kelsey Hudson, PhD, (she/her) is a Licensed Child/Adolescent Psychologist and Research Scientist in the Child Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) through Boston University. At Child CARD, she provides empirically-supported treatments to young people with anxiety, OCD, depression, traumatic stress, and/or other social-emotional challenges. She also conducts research on the psychological impacts of climate change on young people from both child- and parent-reported angles.

Outside of Boston University, Dr. Hudson leads the Youth Focus and Outreach Subcommittee through the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America and has a private practice dedicated to supporting climate activists and individuals with climate distress. This work is facilitated by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness-based frameworks. 

She received her BMus in Violin Performance and a BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University (2011) and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont (2019). She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Child Program at CARD and obtained a Certificate in Climate Change and Health from the Yale School of Public Health in 2021. Dr. Hudson has a strong background in a variety of trauma-informed assessments and therapeutic approaches with American and New American youth and adults (e.g., Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy), as well as with infants, toddlers, and young children and their caregivers (e.g., Child-Parent Psychotherapy). Dr. Hudson is also a violinist and is interested in how we can draw upon creative spaces to promote psychological health and coping in the face of the climate crisis.

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