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Kathryn Bottonari PhD

Kathryn Ann Bottonari PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Substance Use Disorders
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Dr. Bottonari is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Section Chief/Supervisory Psychologist of the Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Program at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC.  She is also Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina.  Her role at MUSC involves teaching and research.  Dr. Bottonari runs the VA Substance Abuse rotation as part of the Charleston Consortium Internship Program,  a joint endeavor of the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Bottonari is also a member of the Psychology Executive Committee for the Charleston Consortium, co-leads the Clinical Case Conference seminar, and leads ethics seminars for MUSC medical students..  She is also a Co-Investigator and Study Therapist on several NIH funded studies examining novel treatments for substance misuse, chronic pain, and PTSD. Her current clinical responsCharleston Consortium Preof SATC in March 2014. Her current responsibilities at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC include clinical work (individual and group psychotherapy), supervision of the Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Program, and supervision of pre-doctoral psychology interns and STAR’s peer support specialist. Dr. Bottonari completed her B.A. in Psychology (cum laude) at Wellesley College and her M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the Medical College of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VAMC Consortium (MCG/VAMC) in Augusta, GA with a focus in HIV/Medical Psychology and her post-doctoral work at the Edith Norse VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA with a focus on HIV treatment adherence and peer support recovery.