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Dr. Kathryn Ziemer

I am a licensed clinical psychologist based in Old Town Alexandria in Virginia. My goal is to provide you with a welcoming environment where you can feel supported.

I have been providing psychological services to clients for over 10 years. I specialize in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, stress and coping, and sleep issues. My approach incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, relational therapy, and mindfulness. The specific focus of our sessions and the techniques used will depend on your needs and preferences. There is no one size fits all and every client is unique.

I also conduct IQ tests with children for gifted and talented programs and private school admissions. I help kids feel comfortable taking tests so they can perform their best.

I received my PhD from the University of Maryland. I previously conducted clinical work at the National Institutes of Mental Health, the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the University of Maryland Counseling Center, and the George Mason Cognitive Assessment Program.

My experience includes teaching undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Maryland and supervising the clinical work of psychologists-in-training. I’m on the board of the Health Psychology Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, and I’m also a member of the American Psychological Association and the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).


Aiken, K., Betts, K., Keisler, A., & Ziemer, K. (2019). Market claims and efficacy information in direct-to-consumer prescription drug print advertisements. Psychology and Marketing. 

Aiken, K., Betts, K., Ziemer, K., & Keisler, A. (2019). Consumer tradeoff of "#1 Prescribed" advertising claim versus efficacy information in direct-to-consumer prescription drug ads. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

Ziemer, K., Lamphere, B.R., Raque-Bogdan, T.L., & Schmidt, C.K. (2018). A randomized controlled study of writing interventions on college women’s positive body image. Mindfulness.

Ziemer, K., Pires, B., Lancaster, V., Keller, S., Orr, M., & Shipp, S. (2018).  A New Lens on High School Dropout: Use of Correspondence Analysis and the Statewide Longitudinal Data System. The American Statistician.

Chui, H., McGann, K., Ziemer, K., Hoffman, M., & Stahl, J. (2018). Use of Supervision for Therapy with Sexual Minority Clients: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65(1), 36-50.

Ziemer, K., & Korkmaz, G. (2017). Using Text to Predict Psychological and Physical Health: A Comparison of Human Raters and Computerized Text Analysis. Computers in Human Behavior, 76, 122-127. 

Ziemer, K., Fuhrmann, A., & Hoffman, M. (2017). Effectiveness of a Positive Writing Intervention for Chronic Pain: A Randomized Trial. MYOPAIN: A Journal of Myofascial pain and Fibromyalgia, 143-154.

Garriott, P., Raque-Bogdan, T., Yalango, K., Ziemer, K., & Utley J. (2017). Intentions to seek counseling in first-generation and continuing-generation college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64(4), 432-442.

Raque-Bogdan, T., Piontkowski, S., Hui, K., Ziemer, K., & Garriott, P. (2016). Self-compassion as a mediator between attachment anxiety and body appreciation: An exploratory model. Body Image, 19, 28-36.

Ziemer, K., & Korkmaz, G. (2016). Human vs. automated text analysis: Estimating positive and negative affect. HT ‘16 Proceedings of the 27th ACM Conference on Hypertext & Social Media, 309-314.

Schmidt, C.K., Piontkowski, S., Raque-Bogdan, T., & Ziemer, K. (2014). Relational Health, Ethnic Identity, and Well-Being of College Students of Color: A Strengths-Based Perspective. The Counseling Psychologist, 42, 473-496.

Chui, H., Ziemer, K., Palma-Orellana, & Hill, C.E. (2014). Peer relationships in counseling psychology training programs. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 27, 127-153.

Ziemer, K., & Hoffman, M. A. (2013). Beliefs and attitudes regarding HPV vaccination among college-age women. Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 1360-1370.

Schmidt, C.K., Raque-Bogdan, T., Piontkowski, S., & Ziemer, K. (2011). Putting the positive in health psychology: A content analysis of three journals. Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 607-620.

Ziemer, K., Baumann, J., Rich, B., Luckenbaugh, D.A., & Zarate Jr., C.A. (2010). Perception of facial emotion in adults with bipolar or unipolar depression and controls. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 44, 1229-1235.