Kelly Trowbridge


I am a Kansas Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW), which means beyond my degree in social work, I have additional hours of clinical practice, training, and supervision in providing therapy. My work is informed by neuroscience, contemplative practices like mindfulness meditation, and my formal training in both psychotherapy and coaching.

I began my work life with a degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1999, after teaching for several years, I completed a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. In 2015, I received a PhD in Therapeutic Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center. I've also trained at the University of Massachusetts as a requirement of teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Selected Presentations

Trowbridge, K. Optimizing Psychotherapy for People with Brain Injuries. Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater KC Conference. 2024, March 27, Overland Park, KS.

Trowbridge, K and Andrews, S. Ethics of Self-Care: More Than Just a Latte. Child Life Annual Conference. 2019, April, 12; Chicago, IL.

Trowbridge, K and Andrews, S. Ambiguity or Uncertainty? Exploring Stress in Child Life Specialists. Child Life Annual Conference. 2019, April, 13; Chicago, IL.

Trowbridge, K., Kemper, C., Sommer, D., Clark, N., Andrews, S., Bagherian, A. Employing Mindfulness Practices in a Pediatric Hospital: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Adoption. Panel presented at International Symposium on Contemplative Sciences; 2016 November 10-13, 2016; San Diego, CA.

Selected Publications

Hansen, K., Trowbridge, K., & Wayne, A. (2023). Parent Decision-Making With Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele. Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing, 12(1), 22-30.

Trowbridge, K and Andrews, S. (2021) Making Ethical Decisions in Child Life Practice. Association of Child Life Professionals.

Trowbridge, K., Mische Lawson, L., Andrews, S., Pecora, J., & Boyd, S. (2017). Preliminary investigation of workplace-provided compressed mindfulness-based stress reduction with pediatric medical social workers. Health & Social Work, 42(4), 207-214. Doi:10.1093/hsw/hlx038

Kennedy, D., Apodaca, T., Trowbridge, K., Hafeman, C., Roderick, E., & Modrcin, A. (2016). Learning motivational interviewing: A pathway to caring and mindful patient encounters. Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

Trowbridge, K. and Mische-Lawson, L. (2016) Mindfulness-based interventions with social workers and the potential for enhanced patient-centered care: A systematic review of the literature. Social Work in Health Care. 55 (2), 101-124.

Clark, N., Heller, K., Hiatt, A., McDaniel, D., Pitts, B., Trowbridge, K., & Andrews, S. (2015). Residents experiencing secondary trauma (REST): Program intervention at a tertiary academic pediatric hospital. Academic Pediatrics, 15(4), e12.

Trowbridge, K and Mische-Lawson, L. (2014) Children with medical complexity and self-management: A systematic review of the literature. Social Work in Health Care. 53 (7), 640-658.

Hubble R., Trowbridge K., Hubbard C., Ahsens, L. & Ward-Smith P. (2008). Effectively using communication to enhance the provision of pediatric palliative care in an acute care setting. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare 1, 45-50.