Kathleen Hipke, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor (CHS Track)

UW Health
Provider Profile

Kathleen N. Hipke, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (CHS Track) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Hipke’s primary areas of expertise are in perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental health. She is especially interested in program development and training opportunities that expand our workforce to provide high quality, therapeutic support to children and families in the earliest years of life. She is currently serving as Director of the UW-Madison Prevention Research Center’s Core Research Project, Addressing Postpartum Depression in Wisconsin Home Visiting. She provides state-wide training in Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP) to licensed mental health clinicians seeking to implement empirically supported interventions for children 0-5 years of age who have experienced trauma and their caregivers; and has been teaching and providing mentorship to multi-disciplinary Wisconsin professionals working with young children via the department’s Infant, Early Childhood and Family Capstone Certificate Program since its inception. Dr. Hipke joined the Department of Psychiatry full-time in 2021 and is now contributing to training and clinical development for child Psychology and Psychiatry trainees with a focus on infant/early childhood mental health.

Dr. Hipke earned her doctoral degree from Arizona State University and completed psychology internship training at Children’s Hospital in Chicago in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University. She carries the Infant Mental Health Endorsement © at the Mentor Level.


• Mood, anxiety & PTSD concerns in pregnancy & postpartum

• Infant/early childhood and family mental health

• Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

• Infant & early childhood mental health consultation to pediatrics, early education and other community environments serving families with young children