University alumna receives President’s Early Career Award

Katherine Iverson recognized for her work researching women’s health and traumatic stress

1/23/2014 | By: Annie Conway  |

University of Nevada, Reno alumna Katherine Iverson has been recognized as one of the recipients of the President's Early Career Award for Science and Engineering for her work as a clinical psychologist at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Boston, Mass.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals who are beginning their independent research careers, and it will be presented to the recipients later this year in Washington D.C.  Iverson's research focuses on the reducing intimate partner violence in military veteran and civilian populations. 

"I am honored and thrilled," Iverson said about her award. "I am inspired by the attention that this award brings to the issue of intimate partner violence and I am hopeful that it will facilitate additional collaborations and opportunities to better understand how to end violence in women's lives." 

Iverson received her master's of science degree in clinical psychology in 2005 and her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2008 from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was trained in psychological treatments such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

"The University provided me with a top- notch education that prepared me well for a research career in the field of traumatic stress," Iverson said.

Iverson said that she was grateful to her professors and mentors at the University, especially Victoria Follette, professor and chair of the psychology department, Alan Fruzzetti, associate professor and director of the dialectical behavior therapy and research program department,  and Jaqueline Pistorello, clinical psychologist and research faculty at Counseling Services.

"Kate is the rare combination of a really exceptional therapist who also has resources and skills that have led her to be one of the outstanding graduates of our program and to be deserving of this outstanding award," Follette said.

To learn more about the University's clinical psychology doctoral program, visit


For more news on the University of Nevada, Reno, follow @unevadareno on Twitter.

Get Nevada Today in your Inbox!