Ashley Rhodes, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Ashley Rhodes, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In addition to supervising psychology trainees and contributing to the department's educational and scholarly activities, Dr. Rhodes provides integrated psychological services as a part of the multidisciplinary bariatric surgery team. She also works with oncology patients at the NCI-Designated University of Kansas Cancer Center and conducts pre-surgical psychological evaluations for patients preparing for a variety of medical interventions.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2019, Dr. Rhodes earned a doctorate in clinical health psychology from East Carolina University. She completed a predoctoral internship at KU Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the University of Virginia. She also holds a master's degree in clinical health psychology from East Carolina and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Truman State University.
Dr. Rhodes' research interests include examining the psychological and behavioral factors associated with bariatric surgery outcomes and utilization of health psychology services. She also has studied cardiac psychology and health-related quality of life among medical populations. Her clinical interests include working with tertiary care populations, adjustment to chronic health conditions, and health behavior change throughout the bariatric surgery process.
Dr. Rhodes serves on the membership committee of the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers. Her other professional affiliations include Division 38 of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.