Kelly E. Green, Ph.D.
Kelly E. Green, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist in Texas (License #36672), and an Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Edward’s University. She was a National Register Health Service Psychologist (2016 - 2019) and she is on the Editorial Board for the professional journal Addiction Research & Theory. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, where she was trained by some of the national leaders in cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement interventions for addiction and mental health disorders. She then completed her internship at the Boston Consortium, which is a joint program with the VA Boston Healthcare System, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Green completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Returning Veterans in the VA Boston Healthcare System, and has extensive experience helping military members, Veterans, and their families cope with the impact of deployment and readjustment difficulties.
Before returning to Austin in 2012, Dr. Green was the Clinical Director of a dual-diagnosis intensive-outpatient treatment program for Veterans in the VA Boston Healthcare System and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Green specializes in providing evidence-based treatment for addiction and concurrent mental health disorders, and has particular expertise in therapies to help families cope with a loved one’s addiction. She has expertise in program evaluation and quality improvement initiatives, and offers professional consultation to clinicians and treatment programs on ways to align their policies and services with evidence-based practices to improve treatment outcomes. She teaches in the undergraduate program at St. Edward's University, and provides consultation and training nationally to mental health providers.
Dr. Green is one of only a few clinicians in the Austin area to provide Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), which is an evidence-based treatment that helps families to support their loved one’s recovery while protecting their own well-being. CRAFT is an effective alternative to confrontational “interventions” and Al-Anon, and many families find CRAFT is a better fit for their goals to repair and rebuild relationships with loved ones who are struggling with addiction. (For more information on CRAFT, see
In addition to CRAFT, Dr. Green has developed an innovative therapy to help individuals in recovery for addiction and/or mental health problems improve their relationships and interpersonal skills. Relationships in Recovery helps clients explore the interactions between their relationships and their addiction and mental health problems so that they can rebuild healthy relationships and utilize social support in their recovery efforts. Relationships in Recovery is delivered as individual, couples, family, or group therapy, and Dr. Green is currently preparing a Relationships in Recovery self-help book for publication (Guilford Press, July 2021).
Supporting her clinical expertise, Dr. Green has published book chapters and articles in professional journals on topics related to addiction and evidence-based practice:
Green, K.E., Archey, M.L.*,& Barton, O.R.* (2018). Evaluating biofeedback training in conjunction with a cognitive-behavioral intervention for adults with impulse control deficits: A pilot study. Practice Innovations, 3(2), 123-137.
Green, K.E. (2016). Advising families and friends on how to help a loved one struggling with addiction. Texas Psychologist, 74(4), 10-12.
Gobin, R.L., Green, K.E., & Iverson, K.M. (2015). Alcohol misuse among female veterans: Exploring associations with interpersonal violence and mental health. Substance Use and Misuse, 50, 1765-1777.
Green, K.E., Bux Jr., D.A., & Feinstein, B.A. (2013). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. In: McCrady, B.S., Epstein, E.E. (Eds.), Addictions: A comprehensive guidebook, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, pp. 819-835.
Green, K.E., & Feinstein, B. (2012). Substance use in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: An update on empirical research and implications for treatment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 265-278.
Shipherd, J.C., Mizock, L., Maguen, S., & Green, K.E. (2012). Male-to-female transgender veterans and VA health care utilization. International Journal of Sexual Health, 24, 78-87.
Green, K.E. (2011). Barriers and treatment preferences reported by worried drinkers of various sexual orientations. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 29, 45-63.
Cohn, A.M., Epstein, E.E., McCrady, B.S., Jensen, N., Hunter-Reel, D., Green, K.E., & Drapkin, M.L. (2011). Pre-treatment clinical and risk correlates of substance use disorder patients with primary depression. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 151-157.
Shipherd, J.C., Green, K.E., & Abramovitz, S. (2010). Transgender clients: Identifying and minimizing barriers to mental health treatment. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 14, 94-108.
Epstein, E.E., Green, K.E., & Drapkin, M.L. (2010). Relapse prevention for depression in individuals with substance use disorders. In: Richards, C.S., Perri, M.G. (Eds.), Relapse prevention for depression. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 227 – 249.
Green, K.E., & Iverson, K. (2009). Computerized cognitive-behavioral therapy in a stepped care model of treatment. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40, 96-103.
Green, K.E., Pugh, L.A., McCrady, B.S., & Epstein, E.E. (2008). Unique aspects of female-primary alcoholic relationships. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, 7, 169-176.
Green, K.E., Worden, B., Menges, D, & McCrady, B.S. (2008). Alcohol use disorders. In: Hunsley, J., Mash, E.J. (Eds.), A Guide to Assessments that Work. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 339 – 369.