Karen Elaine Stewart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VirginiaB.S., Psychology, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VirginiaM.S., Clinical Psychology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
Research Description
Dr. Stewart has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on assessment and treatment of a range of eating and weight related issues. She has also published in the area of integrated care and associated cost savings. Her research interests are focused on behavioral approaches to optimizing care of patients with obesity in a medical setting and the intersection of emotional and physical well-being.
Clinical Description
Dr. Karen Stewart has been a member of the faculty since 2016. She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine with expertise in weight management and treatment of disordered eating and mood/anxiety disorders. She works in the Vanderbilt Center for Surgical Weight Loss helping patients prepare for weight loss surgery.
Stewart KE, Fischer TM, Hirji R, Davis JA. Toward the reconceptualization of the relationship between occupation and health and well-being: Vers la reconceptualisation de la relation entre l'occupation et la santĂ© et le bien-ĂȘtre. Can J Occup Ther [print-electronic]. 2016 Oct; 83(4): 249-59. PMID: 27799603, PII: 0008417415625425, DOI: 10.1177/0008417415625425, ISSN: 1911-9828.

Lanoye A, Stewart KE, Rybarczyk BD, Auerbach SM, Sadock E, Aggarwal A, Waller R, Wolver S, Austin K. The Impact of Integrated Psychological Services in a Safety Net Primary Care Clinic on Medical Utilization. J Clin Psychol [print-electronic]. 2016 Aug 8/9/2016; PMID: 27505218, DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22367, ISSN: 1097-4679.

King LA, Urbach JR, Stewart KE. Illness anxiety and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder: Cognitive-behavioral conceptualization and treatment. Eat Behav [print-electronic]. 2015 Dec; 19: 106-9. PMID: 26276708, PII: S1471-0153(15)00063-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.05.010, ISSN: 1873-7358.

Stewart KE, Haller DL, Sargeant C, Levenson JL, Puri P, Sanyal AJ. Readiness for behaviour change in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: implications for multidisciplinary care models. Liver Int [print-electronic]. 2015 Mar; 35(3): 936-43. PMID: 24521540, PMCID: PMC4266620, DOI: 10.1111/liv.12483, ISSN: 1478-3231.