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Kelly Theim Hurst, PhD

Dr. Kelly Theim Hurst is a psychologist at NCWW whom patients may initially meet during the “behavioral assessment.” Dr. Theim Hurst is passionate about helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals in a collaborative manner and using a variety of tools, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach. She is particularly interested in how healthy behaviors can be fostered or hindered by our environment, emotions, social support, and the rewarding value of food and activity. In addition to eating and weight issues, her special interests include sleep, stress, and other factors affecting health.

Dr. Theim Hurst received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received extensive training in the treatment and prevention of obesity and eating disorders. She has an array of clinical experience with youth, adults, and families, including training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy — evidence-based interventions for issues related to eating and weight.

Dr. Theim Hurst completed her clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), working with adults experiencing a variety of health issues, including preparation for bariatric surgery, chronic pain, cancer, addiction, and organ failure. While in Charleston, Dr. Theim Hurst worked with adults one-on-one and in groups at MUSC’s Weight Management Center.

Dr. Theim Hurst completed her postdoctoral clinical research fellowship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where she worked primarily with overweight adolescents. As part of her position there, she delivered treatment to teens from military families at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. She also served as a research collaborator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), contributing to numerous NIH-funded clinical trials since 2004. Dr. Theim Hurst has many peer-reviewed scientific publications in the area of obesity and binge eating (or, “loss of control eating”) and has presented her research at both national and international scientific conferences, including The Obesity Society, the Eating Disorders Research Society, and the International Conference on Eating Disorders.