Dr. Whitley Paden, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Whitley Paden is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders. She specializes in treating older teens and adults and provides supervision and training to psychology graduate students.
Dr. Paden obtained her master’s degree and doctorate at Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology. She completed her APA accredited predoctoral internship at Robley Rex VAMC in Louisville, KY where she received training in treating PTSD, personality disorders, and substance use disorders in a residential setting. Dr. Paden completed her post-doctoral training at BWC where she received training and supervision for the treatment of eating disorders and OCD.
Dr. Paden specializes in treating PTSD, addiction, eating disorders, OCD, anxiety and mood disorders, anger management problems, and personality disorders. She is trained in providing evidence-based treatment including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), CBT for eating disorders (CBT-E), Seeking Safety, Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT), Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Therapy (CBST), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Furthermore, she is a CPT certified provider, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD.
Dr. Paden believes in providing a safe, non-judgmental stance in the therapy room. As she recognizes it is important to provide genuine warmth and caring to all clients in order to promote their own self-compassion, acceptance, and growth. “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers
Dr. Paden enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, reading classic novels, and hiking with her husband, son, and their golden retriever/Aussie mix.
Spalding University, School of Professional Psychology, Louisville, KY
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, Bachelor or Arts (BA), Psychology
Publications and Presentations
- Bach, N., Paden, W., Alvey, H., Ball, K., & Chapman, N. (2017). How religious coping affects romantic relationships among married military couples.
- Gorzynski, A., Jones, D. E., Paden, W. R., Kersting, H. M., Urda, S., Harris, G. T., Lea, R. & Chapman, N. A. (2016). Clinical biases towards substance abusers and people of color: Does it start in graduate school? Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.
- Gorzynski, A., Jones, D. E., Paden, W. R., Kersting, H. M., Urda, S., Denen, S., & Chapman, N. A. (2016). Evaluating an abbreviated treatment of seeking safety with dual diagnosis women: A pilot study. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.
- Van Seeters, E.M., Ball, K., Todd, H., Paden, W., & Chapman, N.A. (2016). Does coping improve with time? An exploration of graduate student coping. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.