Kristine McKenna PhD

Kristine McKenna, PhD

Transplant Psychologist

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 857-218-3038
  • Fax: 617-730-0428

Medical Services


  • Psychology
  • Transplantation
  • Biofeedback
  • Adherence


  • Psychiatry


  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program
  • Kidney Transplant Program
  • Liver Transplant Program
  • Heart Transplant Program
  • Lung Transplant Program
  • Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant Program
To schedule an appointment: Call 857-218-3038

Experience and Education


Medical School

University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2006

Baltimore, MD


Columbus Children’s Hospital , 2005-2006

Columbus, OH


Columbus Children’s Hospital , 2006-2007

Columbus, OH

Professional History

Dr. McKenna joined the Pediatric Transplant Center in the role of Transplant Psychologist in 2011. She currently holds an Associate Scientific Clinical position at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), is an Assistant in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at BCH, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McKenna is responsible for teaching and supervising psychology interns and fellows, as well as psychiatry fellows, as part of her academic appointment.


Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on quality of life, adherence issues, and pain management (including biofeedback-assisted relaxation training) for children, adolescents and young adults.


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles
  1. McKenna K, Gallagher KA, Forbes PW, Ibeziako P. Ready, set, relax: biofeedback-assisted relaxation training (BART) in a pediatric psychiatry consultation service. Psychosomatics. 2015 Jul-Aug; 56(4):381-9.
  2. Dahlquist LM, Weiss KE, Clendaniel LD, Law EF, Ackerman CS, McKenna KD. Effects of videogame distraction using a virtual reality type head-mounted display helmet on cold pressor pain in children. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jun; 34(5):574-84.
  3. Cohen LL, Lemanek K, Blount RL, Dahlquist LM, Lim CS, Palermo TM, McKenna KD, Weiss KE. Evidence-based assessment of pediatric pain. J Pediatr Psychol. 2008 Oct; 33(9):939-55; discussion 956-7.
  4. Dahlquist LM, McKenna KD, Jones KK, Dillinger L, Weiss KE, Ackerman CS. Active and passive distraction using a head-mounted display helmet: effects on cold pressor pain in children. Health Psychol. 2007 Nov; 26(6):794-801.
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