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Karen Broer, PhD


Karen Broer, Ph.D.

Appointed: 1997

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Karen Broer, PhD
Department: Psychiatry and Psychology
Section Head
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 of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, where she has worked for more than15 years. 

She is a communication skills preceptor in the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. As part of the Allied Health Education Council, she is the Director for the Counseling program providing Masters-level and predoctoral counseling and psychology counseling students from local universities with clinical and educational internship experiences at Cleveland Clinic.  For the past seven years, she has been an adjunct associate professor at John Carroll University, teaching graduate students in the Masters Clinical Counseling Program.

Prior to pursuing training as a psychologist and professional clinical counselor, Dr. Broer had an eclectic career and academic history. Initially a teacher by training, she taught in both elementary and secondary schools. Her professional writing experiences include public relations and technical writing for the government. She has also worked in higher education and cultural arts management.

Her interests include teaching, writing and counseling. She is especially interested in the interface of counseling and spirituality. Prior research focused on the health effects of spiritual meditation with acute leukemia patients.

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 advisory committee for CC Clinical Pastoral Education and serves as a member of the Allied Health Education Council
  • Active in community service, including Board 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

Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, General Outpatient Psychotherapy, Lifespan Developmental Transitions, Career Issues, Spiritual and Religious Issues

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


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

Treatment & Services

  • Coping With General & Medical Illness And Specific Medical Illness
  • General Psychotherapy
  • Spiritual And Religious Issues
  • Women's Health

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 7/10/2015, 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