Heather Kruse, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Heather C. Kruse, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a licensed psychologist in the states of Kansas and Missouri.
Dr. Kruse graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology in 2009, and in 2013, completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a Health Psychology Emphasis. She attended an APA accredited internship at the Center for Behavioral Medicine and Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri, from 2012-2013, with training focused on serious and persistent mental illness, empirically supported treatments for trauma and PTSD, and forensic evaluation. She completed a clinical psychology residency at the Center for Behavioral Medicine in 2014.
Dr. Kruse joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2015. She is located at the NCI-Designated Cancer Center, where she treats cancer patients and their family members or caregivers. She is especially passionate about patient advocacy, quality of life issues and preventing caregiver burnout. When she is not performing clinical duties, she divides her time between supervising health psychology trainees, teaching and research.
She is also a leader on the hospital-wide Suicide Prevention Task Force, and is involved in training providers within the ambulatory settings how to screen for suicidal ideation and intervene in crisis situations. For this work, she received the 2017 Jan Peterson Recognition Award at the KU Cancer Center.
Dr. Kruse is a member of Psi Chi, the Kansas Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS).
For more information, visit Dr. Kruse's University of Kansas Health System bio.