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CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGIST

Katie Kasenchak, PsyD

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Kasenchak is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults. She double majored in Psychology and Sociology at Pepperdine University before earning her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in 2004.

Dr. Kasenchak has over twenty years of experience working with young people and their families, with experience in inpatient hospitals, wilderness settings, residential treatment centers, and specialized academic settings as well as in longer-term, outpatient settings. She has taught classes in both psychological assessment and child and adolescent development and has worked as an individual, group, and family therapist in addition to conducting psychodiagnostic testing, though this has been her area of specialized focus for over a decade. Dr. Kasenchak provides personality assessments, learning disability assessments, and specialized assessment of autism spectrum disorders and is currently working to become credentialed in neuropsychological assessment. She has particular interest in psychoanalytic theory and projective personality testing.

Dr. Kasenchak initially moved to Hawaii from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 to work as a primary therapist and assessment psychologist at Pacific Quest. She was drawn to the calming influence of the gardens at Pacific Quest and the natural beauty of the islands, in general. Though she transitioned to a consulting position on a full-time basis in 2013 (providing testing services to the students at Pacific Quest), she continues to value working as part of a team and is committed to collaborating with the therapists, wellness team, and referring professionals to provide high-quality, comprehensive evaluations that can be used to inform treatment at Pacific Quest and beyond. She is able to use her knowledge of the day to day activities of the students in the program to deepen her understanding of their experience while at PQ and provide a sense of comfort to students and parents alike. She prides herself on her ability to connect and communicate clearly with students, parents, and professionals and is well-respected for her work among both the clinical team and referring professionals.

In addition to her work as an assessment psychologist, Dr. Kasenchak enjoys cooking, travelling, and yoga as well as swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, and hiking in Hawaii.