Katherine A. Dondanville, PsyD, ABPP is a nationally recognized expert in implementing psychological treatments for PTSD. In 2016, her use of Cognitive Processing Therapy with service members and veterans with PTSD earned her the UT Health Science Center Presidential Award for Clinical Service.
A Clinical Psychologist in the UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine, Dondanville is also the Director of Research for the Fort Hood Site of the STRONG STAR Consortium at Fort Hood. STRONG STAR (South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma And Resilience) is dedicated to the support of military and veteran communities in the areas of mental health by providing access to evidence-based treatment opportunities to providers and organizations. She and her clinical team have delivered cutting edge treatment and assessment for thousands of service members in the STRONG STAR clinic at Ft Hood. She is also the Program Director for the STRONG STAR Training Initiative. The STRONG STAR Training Initiative is dedicated to providing access to quality, evidence-based treatment to providers and organizations that service military and veteran communities. Dondanville has also served, trained and consulted with mental health providers to help people with HIV/AIDS, rape, and other issues.
Dondanville, as a representative of UT Health San Antonio, recently aligned with USAA to launch the Face the Fight(TM) program with the goal to reduce the veteran suicide rate in half by 2030. Leveraging her unique skills and experience in this area, Dondanville will lead UT Health San Antonio’s role to provide technical assistance, track the progress of the initiative and inform Face the Fight.
She holds a PsyD and MA in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Prefessional Psychology and a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in trauma recovery services at PTSA at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center. She is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and currently focuses research in improving access to behavioral treatments as well as examining possible patient barriers.