Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Kristin Wesley, M.D.

Assistant Program Director, Director of Psychotherapy

Kristin WesleyDr. Kristin Leight Wesley received her Bachelor’s Degree with Highest Honors in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994 on a Morehead Scholarship, and her M.A. in Classics and English literature from Magdalen College, Oxford University, in 1997 on a British Marshall Scholarship.  She worked as a research assistant and coordinator for psychiatrist Dr. Lori Altshuler at UCLA from 1997-98 and 1999-2000 ad completed a post baccalaureate premedical course at Bryn Mawr College from 1998-1999.  Dr. Wesley received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2004.  She completed her psychiatry residency at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute in 2008 as a Chief Resident.  Upon graduation from Columbia residency, she was hired as an inpatient attending at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s 9 Garden North inpatient unit.  She also worked as an outpatient attending in the Columbia’s Women’s Program.  From 2009-2010, she completed a Fellowship in Women’s Mental Health at Columbia.  From 2010-2011, she served as an attending at the Columbia Intensive Outpatient Program.  From 2010-2014, she served as an outpatient attending at the Columbia Women’s Program and also as the Fellowship Director for the Women’s Mental Health Fellowship at Columbia.  Dr. Wesley was an Instructor in Clinical Psychiatry from 2008 to 2011 and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia from 2011 to 2015.  She was awarded the Roger MacKinnon Award for Outstanding Teaching of Psychiatry by the Columbia Psychiatry residency class of 2013.  Dr. Wesley started at the University of Pennsylvania as a psychiatry attending in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic in July 2015 and also works at Abramson’s Cancer Counseling Services.  In February 2017, she started as a part-time inpatient attending, leading the Mood Disorders team on Pennsylvania Hospital’s 6 Spruce unit.


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