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Training & Experience

An Overview of Dr. Kehle-Forbes's Credentials

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Dr. Kehle-Forbes is a licensed clinical psychologist with nationally-recognized expertise in the treatment of PTSD using talk therapy, including Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). She has been using PE in clinical practice and research to treat clients with PTSD for over 15 years. Dr. Kehle-Forbes is certified as a PE Therapist and PE Consultant by the Center for the Treatment & Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. She has experience treating adults with  PTSD resulting from a range of trauma types including sexual and physical assault, combat, accidents, medical trauma, and childhood abuse.


In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Kehle-Forbes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and a Research Psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has published over 65 peer-reviewed papers and has received numerous federal grants to study the treatment of PTSD.



Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Accredited by the American Psychological Association


Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship

Minneapolis VA Healthcare System

Accredited by the American Psychological Association

Master of Science (M.S.), Clinical Psychology

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology & Sociology

University of Wisconsin - Madison


License & Certifications


Licensed Psychologist (#LP5123)

State of Minnesota


Certified Prolonged Exposure Therapist

Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania

Certified Prolonged Exposure Consultant

Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Positions


Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

University of Minnesota


Research Psychologist 

National Center for PTSD

Department of Veterans Affairs

Core Research Investigator

Center for Care Delivery & Outcomes Research

Minneapolis VA Healthcare System


Select Publications


Valenstein-Mah H, Polusny MA, Spoont M, Ackland P, Meis LA, Orazem RJ, Schnurr PP, Zickmund S, Chard K, & Kehle-Forbes SM. 2022. Provider perceptions of their patients’ dropout from trauma focused therapy for PTSD in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy. Advance Online Publication.


Kehle-Forbes SM, et al. 2022. Divergent experiences of U.S. veterans who did and did not complete trauma-focused therapies for PTSD: A national qualitative study of treatment dropout. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 154: 104123.


Kehle-Forbes SM, Gerould H, Polusny MA, Sayer NA, Partin MR. 2022. “It leaves me very skeptical.” Messaging in marketing Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy to veterans with PTSD. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy, 14(5): 849-852.


Kehle-Forbes SM, et al. 2019. A randomized controlled trial evaluating integrated versus phased application of evidence-based psychotherapies for military veterans with comorbid PTSD and substance use disorders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 205: 107647.


Kehle-Forbes SM, Meis LA, Spoont MR, Polusny MA. 2016. Treatment initiation and dropout from prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy in a VA outpatient clinic. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy 8(1):107-114.


Kehle-Forbes SM, Polusny MA, Erbes CR, Gerould H. 2014. Acceptability of prolonged exposure therapy among US Iraq War veterans with PTSD symptomology. Journal of Traumatic Stress 27(4):483-7.

See all of Dr. Kehle-Forbes's publications on Google Scholar.

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