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Chicago | Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Executive Director, Adler Community Health Services

Kevin Osten-Garner, Psy.D.



Dr. Osten-Garner is a practicing psychologist for over 17 years with substantial experience in providing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services including to impaired professionals, and addressing severe mental health. His work in the field of behavioral health began in 1992 with the preponderance of his time within medical and psychiatric hospitals from inpatient/residential to outpatient treatment. Dr. Osten-Garner has given numerous presentations and workshops to professionals and community members on substance use and treatment, health care reform, training program innovation, human dignity, and community engagement best practices. He is the first author of Integrating 12-Steps into Psychotherapy published by Sage Publications.

Dr. Osten-Garner is a Special Government Employee for Health Resources and Services Administrations’ Advisory Committee of Interdisciplinary, Community Based Linkages that advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services and health committees in both chambers of the US Congress on health workforce and health policy. Dr. Osten-Garner is the Chair of the Southern Nevada Behavioral Health Policy Board that serves rural and frontier Nevada communities. He is an internship program site visitor for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Osten-Garner is a board member for Thresholds, and a member of the Board’s Program Committee. He served for 11 years as an advisory council member for the Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship program.

Since joining Adler University in 2011, Dr. Osten-Garner has served in the previous roles of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, University Cabinet member, founding Director of the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center, interim Director of the Center for Adlerian Practice and Scholarship, and Core Faculty member in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program.

Please email or call me 312.662.4205 if you have questions or would like more information about me. Learn more about me, by reading my CV.



  • 2004 Psy.D. Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
    Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois. APA-accredited
  • 1995 B.A., Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies
    University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2018 Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health
    Center for Integrated Primary Care, University of Massachusetts Medical School, North Worcester, MA


  • State of Illinois, License # 071-007148
  • 2022 Registered Psychologist, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2020 Licensed Psychologist, Nevada, United States
  • 2006 Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois, United States
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Select Publications

  • Osten, K. & Switzer, R. (2013). Integrating 12-Steps and Psychotherapy: Helping Clients Find Sobriety and Recovery. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Osten-Garner, K., Anderson, M., Elgie, D., Murphy, C., Pfeiffer, M. (2022). A Model for International Interprofessional Collaboration and Training. Poster Presentation. Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, San Diego, CA
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2018). Big Pharma’s Complicated Relationship with Underserved Communities. Panel organization lead and moderator. Hosted by African-Americans Cultivating Cross-Cultural Engagement employee resource group. Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Deerfield, IL
  • Osten-Garner, G., Osten-Garner, K. (2017). Bearing Witness: Burn Out, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma in Academia. Closing Plenary at the Higher Learning Commission’s Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2017) Creating Sustainable Academic-Community Clinical Training Programs. Poster presentation at the Mid-Winter Conference, National Council of Schools of Programs of Professional Psychology, Long Beach, CA
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2016). Health Care Workforce Forecast Roundtable. Panelist. America’s Urban Campus, Chicago, IL
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2016). Health Care Reform: Healthy Disruption to the Psychology Status Quo. Illinois Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2016). Technology Forecast Roundtable. Panelist. Organized by the Illinois Technology Association, World Business Chicago, and America’s Urban Campus, Chicago, IL
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2016). Health Care Reform and the Impact on the Field of Psychology. Annual Convention of the Illinois Psychological Association, Chicago, IL
  • Osten-Garner, K. (2016). Payer Partnership Opportunities and Strategies for Telehealth. Panelist. Illinois Telehealth Law Forum Series, Chicago, IL

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