Elizabeth M. Muenks, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Elizabeth Muenks, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed psychologist in the state of Kansas. Dr. Muenks' clinical work is specialized in cancer. She is a faculty member with the Onco-Psychology Program at the NCI-Designated University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Dr. Muenks obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (2001-2005) followed by her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (2005-2008) from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She then completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (2009-2013) at Saint Louis University, where she received a graduate diversity fellowship. She attended an APA accredited internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012-2013), completing a generalist track, with a focus on integrated primary care and cancer psychology. Dr. Muenks completed a Psycho-Oncology Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (2013-2014).
In 2016, Dr. Muenks joined the faculty at KU Medical Center. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and its Health Psychology Division as well as the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Dr. Muenks has research and clinical experience in diversity-related topics, minority psychology issues and multiculturally competent practice. She is also interested in how those areas are considered within psychotherapy and medical center culture and practice. Dr. Muenks is passionate about the development of diversity training for students, faculty and staff alike. She is enthusiastically involved in the teaching and supervision of clinical psychology interns, practicum students and post-doctoral residents.
Currently, Dr. Muenks provides clinical services to cancer patients and their caregivers, with expertise in the presenting concern and challenges of patients seen in the KU Cancer Center Blood and Marrow Transplant program. She implements brief cognitive assessments, inpatient consultation and psychotherapy informed by empirically supported treatments for mental health issues. Her interests in existential concerns, quality of life, cancer survivorship, sleep disturbance and the connection between physical and psychological health are important aspects of her clinical work with the oncology population at KU Medical Center. She has also collaborated with community organizations such as Cancer Support Community, YMCA's LIVESTRONG program and organizations working to meet the needs of underserved populations for outreach and program development.
For more information, visit Dr. Muenks' University of Kansas Health System bio.