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Karen Broer, PhD


Karen Broer, Ph.D.

Appointed: 1997

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Karen Broer, PhD
Department: Psychiatry and Psychology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code P57
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Karen A. Broer, PhD, is a staff psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Center for Behavioral Health, Neurological Institute, where she has worked for more than 19 years. Dr. Broer received her PhD from Kent State University. She has certification in spiritual direction from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University.

Dr. Broer is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine where she has taught communication skills training. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at John Carroll University where she has taught graduate counseling courses. She is a supervisor for Masters counseling internship students at the Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to her work as a psychologist, Dr. Broer had an eclectic career. She taught in elementary and secondary schools. Her professional writing includes public relations and technical editing/writing for the government. She also worked in higher education and cultural arts management. Her special interest includes the interface of counseling and spirituality. She is also interested in teaching, writing and photography.

Professional Highlights

  • Extensive academic career includes teaching graduate and medical students
  • Received awards as a John Carroll University Alumni Educator and Outstanding Supervisor for work with graduate counseling students
  • Received the first joint grant award in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology focusing on the effects of spirituality with acute leukemia patients
  • Serves on the Cleveland Clinic advisory committees: Clinical Pastoral Education, Manual Therapies for the Hospitalized Patient 
  • Active in community service: Board member for the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University

Education & Fellowships

Doctorate - Kent State University
Kent, OH USA
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Graduate - John Carroll University
Counseling and Human Services
University Heights, OH USA
Graduate - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA
Undergraduate - Kent State University
Kent, OH USA

Specialty Interests

Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, Coping with Illness, Death/Dying/Grief, Depression/Mood Disorders, Generalized Anxiety, Individual Psychotherapy, Life Transitions, Mind-Body Wellness, Outpatient Psychotherapy, Panic Disorder, Religious/Spiritual Issues, Stress Management

Awards & Honors

  • Co-investigator, "The Health Effects of Spiritually Focused Meditation for People Coping with Acute Leukemia," University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; grant awarded by the Templeton Foundation, Metanexus Institute
  • Alumni Educator Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Education, John Carroll University, 2003
  • Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor Award for Demonstrated Excellence as a Professional Counseling Practitioner Supervisor, Chi Sigma Iota, 2003

Additional Training

  • Psychologist, Ph.D.
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Supervision, L.P.C.C.-S
  • Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, Supervision, L.I.C.D.C.-CS
  • Spiritual Direction Certification


  • American Psychological Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • Ohio Psychological Association
  • Ohio Counseling Association

Treatment & Services

  • Coping with Grief
  • Coping with Loss
  • Individual Therapy
  • Outpatient Psychotherapy
  • Spiritual And Religious Issues
  • Stress Management

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 11/1/2016, Dr. Broer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English