Kelly Caron, PhD, staff psychologist, serves as the Women’s Health – Mental Health Clinic Director at the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, NC. In this role, she oversees day-to-day operations of the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program within the Model 3 Women’s Health Clinic, collaborating with facility leadership within Mental Health and Women’s Health to improve and streamline processes and implement relevant policies where needed.
Dr. Caron received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Emory University in 2000 and continued her education at Florida State University where she received her Master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology in 2010. Dr. Caron completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Consortium and post-doctoral fellowship in Trauma Recovery and Women’s Health at the Durham VA Medical Center. Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. Caron began in her staff psychologist role in 2011, moving into her role as Clinic Director in 2019. In her time on staff, Dr. Caron has collaborated with clinical and research colleagues on many initiatives attentive to gender-affirming care. In 2017, Dr. Caron co-founded the Interdisciplinary Transgender Care Team which now serves the entire Durham VA HCS and for which she has served as Chair since the role formalized in 2019. Dr. Caron served as a co-investigator on a 5-year grant examining gender differences in treatment of anger in Women Veterans and has co-authored multiple publications working with local MIRECC researchers. Dr. Caron regularly supervises pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows working in the Women’s Health – Mental Health Clinic.
In her various roles, Dr. Caron is committed to advocacy for Women Veterans across the Healthcare System to receive attentive, gender-affirming, evidence-based and otherwise competent care.