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Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer - Prevention
  • Cancer Center
  • Cognitive-behavioral Treatment
  • Health Psychology
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Presurgical Behavior Health Evaluations
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychological Treatment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Women's Health
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
  • Cancer Genomic Medicine
  • Hereditary Cancers
  • Stress and Physical Health
  • Stress in Individuals with Cancer
  • Stress Related Symptoms And Illnesses
View all 7 Specialties +


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About Kathleen Ashton, Ph.D.

Kathleen Ashton, PhD, ABPP is a Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist in the Breast Center, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute. She received her doctorate from The Ohio State University, and she completed specialty training in health psychology at the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Ashton's clinical and research interests include hereditary risk for breast cancer, breast cancer, pre-surgical evaluations for risk reducing mastectomy, breast cancer survivorship issues, young women with breast cancer, weight management/obesity, stress management, and lifestyle/behavior modification for risk reduction. Dr. Ashton presents nationally and has many peer reviewed publications. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Clinical Health Psychology, Past President of the Cleveland Psychological Association, Past President of the Ohio Psychological Association, and an elected member of the American Psychological Association Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA

Internship - VA Medical Center, Louis Stokes
Clinical / Health Psychology
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA

Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA

Specialty Interests

hereditary breast cancer risk, breast cancer, survivorship, obesity/binge eating disorder, risk reducing lifestyle/behavior modification, stress management

Awards & Honors

  • APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology
  • Fellow, American Board of Clinical Health Psychology
  • 2015 Mentor of the Year, Cleveland Clinic Office of Professional Staff Affairs, Staff Coaching Mentoring Program
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/7/2022, Dr. Ashton 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

48 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Ashton is extremely kind, caring and helpful. I consider myself blessed and very fortunate to be in her care. I make a point to tell everyone about Dr. Ashton.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr. Ashton is wonderful! She's professional, caring & supportive, with a great sense of humor.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2023

Dr. Ashton is the BEST! Caring, knowledgeable and compassionate

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Dr. Ashton is a very caring and kind . She is interested in her patients' cancer journey and works to find ways to make the journey easier and meaningful. The group she has created is helpful because we get to hear other patient's journey and discuss ways of helping each other.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Going to Hillcrest is always a good experience. The staff and doctors are very pleasant, caring, and interested in giving the best care for their patients.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

Dr. Ashton is a compassionate, intelligent and insightful practitioner.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

She listens and understands

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

My first appointment with a breast health psychologist was cancelled by the clinic for a reason not known to me . There was a difficulty getting scheduled for another appointment so it was suggested by the person cancelling the appointment that I could be scheduled with Dr. Ashton . Still , the first available appointment was s.everal weeks after the original appointment

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

I am looking forward to my second appointment with Dr. Ashton so that I can ask further questions .

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Dr. Ashton is, as usual, an awesome practitioner

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Meeting with Dr Ashton is always both helpful and pleasurable.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Dr. Ashton has a way of putting me at ease, maintaining her professionalism while at the same time being very personable. She goes beyond to show her compassion and concern.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

Dr. Ashton took the time to talk to me when I was in the Oncology area getting my transfusions.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Dr. Ashton is warm, caring and wonderful. I find it very easy to talk with her.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

I would highly recommend Dr. Ashton. I am constantly telling everyone how wonderful she is as a physician and caring individual.

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