Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Kristin Leight, M.D.

Senior Associate Program Director, Director of Psychotherapy

Dr. Kristin Leight serves as the Senior Associate Program Director for the Penn Psychiatry Residency

Dr. Leight 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 and completed a post baccalaureate premedical course at Bryn Mawr College from 1998-1999. 

After receiving her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2004, Dr. Leight 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. Leight 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. Leight joined the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry in 2015.  She has served as a psychiatry attending in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and led the Mood Disorders inpatient team on Pennsylvania Hospital’s 6 Spruce unit from 2017-2019.  Dr. Leight was awarded the Earl Bond Award for Excellence in Clinical Education in 2019.  Dr. Leight’s clinical interests include mood disorders, women’s mental health, psychodynamic psychotherapy.  She is also interested in promoting physician wellness and well-being.

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