CarpenterKristenAssistant Professor-Clinical of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, of Psychology and of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director of Women’s Behavioral Health

College of Medicine
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

1670 Upham Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

General Research

 Dr. Carpenter’s primary research focuses on the identification of risk factors for sexual and psychological maladjustment in gynecologic and breast cancer patients during various stages of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. She also focuses on identification of cognitive and interpersonal processes that modulate sexual and psychological outcomes, with the goal of developing a model of adjustment that incorporates not only premorbid risk, but also cognitive and interpersonal process variables with potential clinical utility.

Dr. Carpenter’s long-term goal is to conduct research that supports the development of effective, disseminable psychosocial interventions aimed at reducing sexual and psychological morbidity in women with cancer.

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Behavioral medicine
  • Clinical health psychology
  • Women's health
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Psychological, cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Psychological interventions

Current Research Projects

  • The impact of optimism and coping on the experience of side effects of adjuvant chemotherapy. Pilot study designed to examine the association between pre-chemotherapy psychosocial factors and patient-reported ratings of toxicity and health-related quality of life.
  • Psychosexual intervention for patients with gynecologic and breast cancer. Pilot of a randomized clinical trial of psychological intervention for patients coping with adverse sexual sequelae of gynecologic cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

Active Funding

  • Pelotonia

Selected Publications

 Fowler, J.M., Carpenter, K.M., Gupta, P., Golden-Kreutz, D.M., Andersen B.L. (2004). The gynecologic oncology consult: Symptom presentation and concurrent symptoms of depression and anxiety. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 103, 1211-1217.

Carpenter, K.M., & Andersen, B.L. (2005). Reclassification will not make the pain go away: Peer commentary on Binik’s “Should dyspareunia be retained as a sexual dysfunction in DSM-V? A painful classification decision. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34, 23-61.

Golden-Kreutz, D.M., Thornton, L.M., Wells-diGregorio, S.M., Frierson, G.M., Jim, H.S., Carpenter, K.M., Shelby, R.A., & Andersen, B.L. (2005). Traumatic stress, perceived global stress, and life events: Prospectively predicting quality of life in breast cancer patients. Health Psychology, 24, 288-296.

Andersen, B.L., Carpenter, K.M., Yang, H.C., & Shapiro, C. (2007). Sexual well-being among partnered women with breast cancer recurrence. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25, 3151-3157.

Ancker, J.S., Carpenter, K.M., Greene, P., Hoffmann, R., Kukafka, R., Marlow, L.A.V., Prigerson, H.G., Quillin, J.M. (2009). Peer-to-peer communication, cancer prevention, and the internet. Journal of Health Communication, 14 (Suppl 1), 38-46.

Diefenbach, M., Turner, G., Carpenter, K.M., Sheldon, L., Mustian, K., Gerend, M., Rini, C., von Wagner, C., Gritz, E.R., McQueen, A., Prayor-Patterson, H. (2009). Cancer and patient communication. Journal of Health Communication, 14 (Suppl 1), 57-65.

Carpenter, K.M., Andersen, B.L., Fowler, J.M., & Maxwell, G.L. (2009). Sexual self schema as a moderator of sexual and psychological outcomes for gynecologic cancer survivors. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38, 828-841.

Levin, A.O., Carpenter, K.M., & Andersen, B.L. (2010). Psychological issues. In: J. Berek N. Hacker (Eds.), Gynecologic Oncology (pp. 860-876). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Levin, A.O., Carpenter, K.M., Fowler, J.M., Brothers, B., Andersen, B.L., & Maxwell, G.L. (2010). Sexual morbidity associated with poorer psychological adjustment among gynecological cancer survivors. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 20, 461-470.

Carpenter, K.M., Fowler, J.M., Maxwell, G.L., & Andersen, B.L. Direct and buffering effects of social support among gynecologic cancer survivors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39, 79-90.

Wells-di Gregorio, S.M., Carpenter, K.M., Dorfman, C., Yang, H.C., Simonelli, L., & Carson, W.E. III. (2012).  Impact of breast cancer recurrence and cancer-related stress on spouse health and immunity. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity, 26, 228-233.

Carpenter, K.M., Eisenberg, S., Low, C., Beran, T., Weltfreid, S., Jorge, A., & Stanton, A.L. (2014). Cancer-Related Cognitive Processing as a Function of BRCA1/2 Genetic Mutation Status, Personal Cancer History, and Age.  Health Psychology, 33, 1003-1011.

Hoyt, M. & Carpenter, K.M. (2014). Sexual self-schema and depressive symptoms after prostate cancer.  Psycho-Oncology.  Advance online publication.  doi: 10.1002/pon.3601

Neff, R., McCann, G.A., Carpenter, K.M., Cohn, D.E., Noria, S., Mikami, D., & O'Malley, D. (2014).  Is bariatric surgery and option for women with gynecologic cancer? Examining weight loss counseling practices and training among gynecologic oncology providers.  Gynecologic Oncology.  Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2014.06.006

Brothers, B.M., Carpenter, K.M., Shelby, R.A., Thornton, L.M., Frierson, G.F., Patterson, K.L., & Andersen, B.L.  (2015). Dissemination of an evidence-based treatment for cancer patients:  Training is the necessary first step. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 5, 103-112.  DOI: 10.1007/s13142-014-0273-0

Berger AM, Mooney K, Alvarez-Perez A, Breitbart WS, Carpenter KM, Cella D, Cleeland C, Dotan E, Eisenberger MA, Escalante CP, Jacobsen PB, Jankowski C, LeBlanc T, Ligibel JA, Loggers ET, Mandrell B, Murphy BA, Palesh O, Pirl WF, Plaxe SC, Riba MB, Rugo HS, Salvador C, Wagner LI, Wagner-Johnston ND, Zachariah, FJ, Bergman MA, Smith C. (in press). Cancer-Related Fatigue, version 2.2015. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Rath, K., Huffman, L., Phillips, G.S., Carpenter, K.M., & Fowler, J.M.  (in press).  Burnout and associated factors among members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. 

PubMed articles

Current Staff

  • Nichole Storey, MHS

Education and Training

MA: Psychology, The Ohio State University
PhD: Psychology, The Ohio State University
Fellowship: NCI/NIH R25T Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control, University of California Los Angeles
Fellowship: T32 Training Program in Cancer Immunology, The Ohio State University

Editorial Activities

  • Abstract Reviewer, Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, 2007-present
  • Internal Review Board, Health Psychology, 2007-2009
  • Ad hoc Reviewer:
    • Annals of Behavioral Medicine
    • Behavior Research & Therapy
    • Expert Reviews of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Gynecologic Oncology
    • Health Psychology
    • Journal of Affective Disorders
    • Journal of Sexual Medicine
    • Marriage and Family Review
    • Psychology and Health
    • Psycho-Oncology
    • Supportive Care in Cancer
    • Women & Health

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, Division 38 and Division 12 Affiliate
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health & Cancer

Honors and News

  • Outstanding Population Sciences Poster, 1st place, OSU Cancer Center Scientific Meeting, 2012
  • Outstanding Cancer Control Poster, 1st place, OSU Cancer Center Scientific Meeting, 2010-2011 
  • NCI/American Society of Preventive Oncology Young Investigators’ Grantsmanship Workshop (competitive admission), 2008 
  • Citation paper, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2008 
  • Clinical Loan Repayment Program (NCI), awarded, 2008-2011 
  • Competitive renewal granted, 2008
  • Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship, The Ohio State University, 2005 
  • Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service, The Ohio State University, 2005 
  • Outstanding Cancer Control Poster, 1st place, OSU Cancer Center Scientific Meeting, 2005 
  • Award for Meritorious Teaching, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University, 2002 
  • Psychology Department Fellow, The Ohio State University, 2001-2005 

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