Kelly Lynn Gilrain, PhD

Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Assistant Professor of Medicine

  • B.A., Psychology, Hunter College, NY, NY (1995)
  • M.A., Psychology, Hunter College, NY, NY (1996)
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (2005)
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA (2005)
  • Postdoctoral Resident, Health Psychology, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA (2006)

1 Cooper Plaza
Dorrance 222
Camden, NJ 08103



Dr. Gilrain serves as the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Cooper University Hospital. Her undergraduate is in Psychology from Hunter College – CUNY on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. She remained there for her Master’s degree focusing on eating behaviors and diversity. She took time off from academics to explore careers in medicine and psychology working at the American Red Cross, Helene Fuld Medical Center and Princeton University Wellness Center. She opted to return to graduate school at Drexel University pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Health Psychology.

She has worked in Health Psychology for the past 15 years within the following areas: somatic/conversion disorders, in particular PNES at Jefferson University Hospital, Temple’s cardiac transplant unit and burn unit and at Pennsylvania Hospital in the Consultation-Liaison Service. She has completed training and evaluations at various neuropsychology clinics on the Philadelphia area focused on both health and forensic concerns. Her interests lie in chronic medical issues, end of life concerns, death and dying, trauma, behavioral medicine program development and provider wellness.

She has taught Psychology and Humanities courses in college and universities in the NY and Philadelphia area over the past 24 years. She holds Academic Professorships at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University (CMSRU) as well as Rowan University.

She has been with Cooper since 2010 and developed and implemented the Consultation-Liaison Service within the Medical Hospital under the Department of Hospital Medicine. She has supervised psychology externs since 2010 and has presented at national conferences with Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) discussing ways to further Health Psychology programs and training in Academic Medical Centers. She and her team have a robust externship program and are in process of seeking an APA Accredited Psychology Internship program as well.

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • Hays, A. M., Gilrain, K. L., Grunberg, V. A., Bullock, A., Fizur, P., & Ross, S. E. (2019). Implementing and evaluating SBIRT for alcohol use at level I trauma center: A behavioral medicine approach. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Gilrain, K., Bullock, A, Fizur, P; McGroarty, S., Alioto, A; McMahon, C. “Development and Expansion of Behavioral Medicine Programs in Medical Settings” (Panel Discussion at Annual Conference of Society of Behavioral Medicine, 40th Meeting, Washington DC, March 2019)
  • Paige Hildreth M.A., Ebru Yucel M.A., Kelly Gilrain Ph.D., Pam Gorman, RN, Ronnie Mendoza, Cori McMahon Psy.D. “Differences in Mental Health Status in HIV-Infected Patients Lost to Mental Health Screening Follow-up” (poster – Annual Conference of Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington DC, March 2019)
  • Bullock, A., Gilrain, K., Fizur, P., & Aplin, K. (2019). Identifying preliminary quality indicators of a psychology consultation-liaison service at an academic health center. Poster – Biannual Meeting of the Association for Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, New Orleans, LA.
  • Gilrain, K., Hayes, A., SBIRT at a Level 1 Trauma Center: Evaluating the Current Standard of Care and Identifying Areas for Improvement (poster accepted for the Annual Conference of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA, March 2018)

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