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 Center
  • Cognitive-behavioral Treatment
  • Health Psychology
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Presurgical Behavior Health Evaluations
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychological Treatment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Women's Health
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
  • Cancer - Prevention
  • Cancer Genomic Medicine
  • Hereditary Cancers
  • Stress and Physical Health
  • Stress in Individuals with Cancer
  • Stress Related Symptoms And Illnesses
View all 8 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 11/4/2019, Dr. Ashton has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Ashton serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • American Psychological Association

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

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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
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

zoom seems to be complicated for me but dr Ashton helped us get thru it . she is the best psychologist I have ever talked with .

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

dr Ashton is a very caring person I feel good talking with her about any issue I have

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

We had no technical issues with this appointment (a first) I truly appreciate being able to hold appointments in this virtual manner.There are a few topics I wanted to touch on during the visit that never managed to get brought up, but what needed to be addressed was covered. In the future I will jot down a list to prevent forgetting things. Sometimes one hour once a month doesn't feel like enough. I'm dealing with an awful lot and Doctor Aston has been exceptionally helpful to me in dealing with a vast majority of it.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Dr. Ashton is a wonderful physician and person!

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

I love my visits W Dr.Ashton.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

i have already recommended Dr Ashton.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr. Ashton is so caring, attentive to all of my needs and addresses me in an intelligent manner.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Ashton is amazing and always sincerely cares about me and what I might be experiencing.

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

Dr. Ashton was very kind and compassionate.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Dr. Ashton is always kind, professional and very helpful.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

I am very grateful to have Dr. Ashton on my team of physicians who helped me immensely (and continues to do so) through my BC treatments since 2018.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Dr Ashton always makes me feel better and I always feel comfortable talking with her

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Dr Ashton is one of the best physicians I've encountered.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

very pleased with Dr Ashton. kind, understanding and is really trying her best to addresss my concerns of diagnosis from treatment to Survival status

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Dr. Ashton is running out of patient appointments. There needs to be another psychologist to work with breast cancer patients. She does not have enough time, and she's working super hard to see all of us, but there is not enough of her to go around. There needs to be another psychologist recruited to work in the breast cancer centre to help cover all the patients.

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