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Katherine Puckett, PhD, MS, MSW, LCSW

Director, Departments of Mind-Body Medicine and Survivorship

CTCA Chicago

"We have found that everyone going through the cancer journey experiences some stress. Stress over time can compromise one's immune system. That’s why we're here in the Mind-Body Medicine Department. We can help people manage and reduce stress related to the cancer journey."

- Katherine Puckett, PhD, MS, MSW, LCSW


  • 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 - State of Illinois
  • Certified Laughter Leader - World Laughter Tour
  • Certified Qigong Instructor
  • Certified Humor Professional
  • Master Reiki Practitioner
  • HeartMath® Certified Trainer

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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), Chicago, 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.

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