Kaitlin R. Leckie, PhD, LMFT
Assistant Professor and Director of Behavioral Health
Dr. Leckie joined UTMB’s Department of Family Medicine in 2016. She
is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and serves as the
department's Director of Behavioral Health.
Dr. Leckie earned a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English
Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She
then earned a Masters of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy from Texas
Tech University with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr.
Leckie completed a Medical Family Therapy Fellowship and earned an
Advanced Specialization, co-sponsored by St. Mary's Family Medicine
Residency in Grand Junction, Colorado, and the University of Colorado
School of Medicine.
As a member of the Behavioral Health team in the Patient Centered Medical Home model, Dr. Leckie sees patients who are established with a primary care provider in the Department of Family Medicine. She sees patients at all three Family Medicine Clinics as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Dr. Leckie's clinical and research interests are in collaborative and
integrated health care, educating healthcare professionals in family
systems and biopsychosocial-spiritual approaches to enhance
family-centered care, especially with high-risk and complex populations.
She also has interests in adverse childhood experiences prevention and
intervention to promote family functioning and lifelong health,
wellness and resiliency, the application of mindfulness in therapy,
graduate medical education and health care and a strong focus on
improving the clinician-patient relationship.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Leckie oversees the behavioral
medicine curriculum for the UTMB Health Family Medicine Residency
Program, giving resident physicians the skills they need to address
their patients' psycho-social concerns and to improve their
relationships with their patients. She also teaches motivational
interviewing skills to medical students.