Kelsey Dickson

San Diego State University

Kelsey Dickson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University and Research Investigator at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. Dr. Dickson received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Diego. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience delivering evidence-based services for youth presenting with a variety of behavioral health conditions in community settings.

Broadly, Dr. Dickson’s research aims to improve community-based services for youth with developmental and mental health conditions. She has a particular focus on examining mechanisms such as executive functioning (EF) impacting the etiology and effective treatment of such conditions. Her work also includes an emphasis on reducing disparities in access to evidence-based care and use of community-partnership models. With colleagues and community partners, Dr. Dickson has adapted and tested evidence-based interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in early intervention and school settings. She has also been involved in community-partnered efforts to develop and test disparity reduction models using lay health workers to address service disparities for underserved, low-resource families receiving state-funded developmental disability services. She is currently PI of a NIMH Career Development Award (K23MH115100) that uses mixed-methods to adapt and test an evidence-based EF intervention and corresponding implementation plan for youth with ASD served in community mental health settings.