Kenneth L. Kirsh, PhD

Kenneth L. Kirsh, PhD
  • Assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
  • Clinical psychologist and researcher, The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass
  • Lexington, Kentucky

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Dr. Kenneth L. Kirsh is a licensed clinical psychologist. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and a clinical psychologist and researcher for The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Kirsh’s areas of interest include chronic pain management, pain and its interface with abuse and addiction, and symptom management and palliative care issues in cancer populations.

Dr. Kirsh is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, where he received his doctorate degree in clinical rehabilitation psychology. He completed a psychology internship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and worked at hospitals and other facilities including the Indiana Women's Prison.

Dr. Kirsh is a member of the Kentucky Pain Initiative and the PDQ Supportive and Palliative Care Editorial Board, and he has chaired both the Clinical Care Research Team for Supportive Care and the Symptom Management and Palliative Care Research Council at the University of Kentucky. He has published more than 40 articles and twelve book chapters on assessing and managing pain and has received many honors and awards in recognition of his achievements. In 2006, Dr. Kirsh was named a National Institutes of Health Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health program scholar.