Kirsten E. Cowan, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Essentia Health, Duluth, Minnesota, Instructor, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education

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This year, Kirsten E. Cowan, MD, was honored with a Mayo Clinic Proceedings highly cited author award, which was developed to acknowledge articles for their meaningful contribution to the Journal's Impact Factor.

"As of February 2022, these highly cited manuscripts received enough citations to place them in the top 1% of the academic field of clinical medicine based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year, contributing to Mayo Clinic Proceedings' 2021 Impact Factor," said Karl A. Nath, MB, ChB, Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

Dr Cowan and her coauthors were recognized for their article, “Barriers to Use of Telepsychiatry: Clinicians as Gatekeepers,” which was published in Vol. 94, Issue 12 (December 2019) of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

The review examines barriers to the acceptance and use of telepsychiatry practice as reported by clinician’s or health care organization’s point of view.

“Although many concerns are shared by patients and clinicians, usually a reluctant clinician rather than the patient hampers acceptance of telepsychiatry,” says Dr Cowan. “Clinicians’ concerns reflect a need for better system workflow integration, policy change, and shifts in organizational culture if telepsychiatry’s full potential is to be realized,” she adds. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Cowan performs mental health diagnosis, medication treatment, and psychotherapy for children. She has special training and skill in identifying and treating emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders that affect the health and well-being of patients under 21 years of age.

Dr Cowan received her medical degree from University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude, winning the Robert F. Crawford, MD Scholastic Achievement Award. She then completed residency in psychiatry, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota.

She maintains an interest in telepsychiatry and the care of rural and remote populations. Her time is now mainly spent clinically, working as a telepsychiatrist for Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn., providing care for her young patients throughout northern and rural Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Dr Cowan also is an instructor for Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, teaching residents and fellows about telepsychiatry and other topics in psychiatry.

She was awarded the Howard P. Rome Psychiatry Grand Rounds Award from Mayo Clinic for her presentation on telepsychiatry.

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