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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


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • 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

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


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About Kathleen Ashton, PhD

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


  • Clinical Health Psychology

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 10/30/2023, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

70 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
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

I love Dr. Ashton. She has helped me so much by providing support and helping me work through my feelings about my upcoming procedure.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Dr. Ashton provided excellent care. She addressed my immediate concerns and set up referrals to help ease the burden of navigating the system.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

Dr Ashton is very popular -thus very booked up in advance but great

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

Provider is very understanding of my concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

Dr Ashton really hears me. She is helping me to prepare for major surgery by being supportive and by helping me line up the support I will need.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Ashton is always very conscientious, supportive and knowledgeable. She is a great listener and gives productive advice. She is easy to talk to and genuinely cares.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

Dr Ashton is an outstanding provider who has helped me numerous times.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Ashton was extremely helpful with additional resources for my concerns/ issues.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr. Ashton truly listens and involves me in decision making, goal setting, and/or coping strategies. I have already recommended her to several people. She is the best!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr. Ashton truly cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Why is there not an option for "excellent" or "outstanding" care? This is what I have always experienced with Dr. Ashton

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr. Ashton has helped so much during this very difficult time.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Dr. Ashton is always great and provided amazing support at this visit for my upcoming surgery. I left the visit feeling as though she really cares and I'm not just another patient in her caseload.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Exceptional doctor who takes genuine interest in patients and truly cares about them.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr. Ashton is simply the best. She creates a safe space for her patients thoughts, feelings, fears, hopes, concerns and vulnerability and in doing so facilitated growth, progress for her patients and healing.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Ashton is the BEST!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Ashton is an incredibly caring person. She is knowledgeable and informed of the latest approaches in the field of Mental Health. I cannot praise her enough. The Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have her on staff!

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr Ashley was a godsend. She was very knowledgeable and supportive. She helped me sift through all the decisions and emotions I was experiencing. She treated me more as a friend than just a patient. Her caring manner put me at ease.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr. Ashton has helped me navigate the ups and downs of cancer. She is very empathetic and caring. I enjoy our conversations and the advice she gives.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Ashton is incredible. Her ability to create a caring, safe space and foster communication and healing is unparalleled.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Dr Ashton is wonderful, caring and truly helpful.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Dr Ashton is a gem and your organization is fortunate to have her on staff. I wish she could be even more available to patients, like me, who have MBC.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Dr. Ashton is wonderful! This is a service that I didn't know that I needed when I was diagnosed. It has made a great difference in how I've been able to cope with cancer. Dr. Ashton is kind, compassionate & has helped to give me peace of mind.

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