Katherine L. Applegate, PhD


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Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Behavioral Medicine
932 Morreene Road
Durham, NC 27705
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  • PhD, Clinical Psychology with specialization in Health Psychology, The Ohio State University, 2000
  • Medical Psychology Internship, Duke University Medical Center, 1999-2000
  • Center for Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, 2000-2002
  • Behavioral Medicine Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, 2002-2003
Clinical Interests:
Psychological assessment and treatment of medical/surgical patients, individual and group cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, depression and anxiety disorders, behavioral pain management, stress management, biofeedback, trauma, sexual dysfunction, domestic violence, smoking cessation, medical adherence, weight-loss surgery
Research Interests:
Dr. Applegate’s current research interests include psychological assessment issues for patients with chronic pain and/or obesity. She also investigates effective screening methods for surgeries including neuromodulation procedures, elective back surgery, and weight loss surgery.
Representative Publications:
  • Webb, JB; Applegate, KL; Grant, JP. A comparative analysis of Type 2 diabetes and binge eating disorder in a bariatric sample. Eating Behaviors. 2011;12:175-181.  Abstract
  • Krukowski, RA; Friedman, KE; Applegate, KL. The utility of the Beck Depression Inventory in a bariatric surgery population. Obesity Surgery. 2010;20:426-431.  Abstract
  • Friedman, KE; Ashmore, JA; Applegate, KL. Recent experiences of weight-based stigmatization in a weight loss surgery population: psychological and behavioral correlates. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). 2008;16 Suppl 2:S69-S74.  Abstract
  • Friedman, KE; Applegate, KL; Grant, J. Who is adherent with preoperative psychological treatment recommendations among weight loss surgery candidates?. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2007;3:376-382.  Abstract
  • Stout, AL; Applegate, KL; Friedman, KE; Grant, JP; Musante, GJ. Psychological correlates of obese patients seeking surgical or residential behavioral weight loss treatment. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2007;3:369-375.  Abstract
  • Surwit, RS; Williams, RB; Siegler, IC; Lane, JD; Helms, M; Applegate, KL; Zucker, N; Feinglos, MN; McCaskill, CM; Barefoot, JC. Hostility, race, and glucose metabolism in nondiabetic individuals. Diabetes Care. 2002;25:835-839.  Abstract