Katherine Ramos, PhD, MA, MEd
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I strive to provide care that is person-centered, culturally responsive, and sensitive to a person's needs and values.
– Katherine Ramos, PhD, MA, MEd

Katherine Ramos, PhD, MA, MEd

Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Psychologist

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Duke Psychiatry at Civitan Building - Durham, NC
I strive to provide care that is person-centered, culturally responsive, and sensitive to a person's needs and values.
– Katherine Ramos, PhD, MA, MEd

About Me

As a licensed psychologist with specialty training in geropsychology, my primary clinical interests focus on improving the psychological well-being and quality of life of adults and older adults (65+) coping with medical conditions and life-limiting illnesses. My work is inspired by my own personal experiences in caring for family members with chronic disease, dementia, and mental health difficulties. Most of the patients I treat are experiencing distress, anxiety, or mood disorders when adjusting to changes in their health. I also see individuals interested in learning more about coping strategies and self-management behaviors to enhance either their mood, post-traumatic stress, and/or overall well-being. I have expertise in delivering cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), dignity therapy, life review therapy, cognitive processing therapy (CPT), and self-system therapy (SST). These are evidence-based treatments that I personalize to the needs of the patient/client and their goals for therapy. It is absolutely gratifying facilitating personal growth and meaning in the lives of others.

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Training and Education

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, Durham VA Health Care System (North Carolina), 2015-2018
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Houston (Texas), 2015
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Clinical Psychology, Durham VA Health Care System (North Carolina), 2014-2015

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interests are to develop and deliver psychosocial interventions for adults in oncology or palliative care. I seek to improve the mental health support for medically complex older adults and their spouses or caregivers and improve couple and caregiver communication on topics related to living with cancer, coping with chronic disease, goals of care, and end of life concerns. As a researcher funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, I keep up to date with the latest research and science for treatments and approaches that are beneficial to the patients I serve.

Publications and Grants

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • University of Southern California
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine