Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Katherine Puckett, PhD, MS, MSW, LCSW

Director, Department of Mind-Body Medicine

Midwestern Regional Medical Center


  • PhD, Clinical Social Work - University of Chicago
  • MSW, Social Work - Loyola University, Chicago
  • MS, Management of Rehabilitation Services - DePaul University, Chicago
  • BA, Cultural Anthropology & Spanish - Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Master Reiki Practitioner
  • Certified Laughter Leader
  • Certified Qigong Instructor
  • Certified Humor Professional

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As you go through treatment, it is not uncommon to feel hopeless and isolated. Dr. Katherine Puckett and the Mind-Body Medicine team are dedicated to meeting your emotional and psychological needs, which can mean the difference between feeling alone and finding peace.

The Mind-Body Medicine team helps you connect with your inner strength. Comprised of highly trained, licensed psychotherapists, the department offers a wide range of supportive services, including individual and family counseling, educational groups providing stress management techniques and support groups. In taking advantage of these offerings, many patients report greater peace of mind and relaxation, and improved communication with family members.

Dr. Puckett is a licensed clinical social worker. She earned a PhD from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in social work from Loyola University. Dr. Puckett has more than 35 years of experience in human services, addressing the needs of vulnerable populations who have sustained major losses. Her broad-based professional background includes leadership positions in social services and healthcare, with additional experience as a clinician and researcher.

Dr. Puckett serves as Director of Mind-Body Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, a position she has held since August 2002. There, in addition to overseeing the counseling services, she has introduced many integrative services to help cancer survivors and their loved ones manage and reduce stress and live as fully and wholeheartedly as possible during and after their cancer treatment. In January 2007, Dr. Puckett was also appointed to the position of National Director of Mind-Body Medicine to assist CTCA® in coordinating and enhancing mind-body programs and services across the regional centers. In August 2015, she was named Chief of the Division of Mind-Body Medicine for CTCA.

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