Kimberly Kirkland, PsyD
Kimberly Kirkland, PsyD, is the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. In this role, Dr. Kirkland provides oversight for Student Affairs and Wellness Counseling across AUC’s four-year program to help foster a culture of student success. Additionally, she leads AUC THRIVE — the university’s wellbeing initiative, serves as AUC’s chief conduct officer and Title IX coordinators, and chairs the AUC’s Admissions Committee. Dr. Kirkland has over 20 years of experience in medical education. She joined AUC in 2004 as a visiting faculty member teaching Behavioral Science. She became associate dean for student affairs in 2014.
Dr. Kirkland is a practicing clinical neuropsychologist with specialty training and experience in forensic psychology. She was previously employed as a neuropsychologist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where she worked closely with cardiothoracic surgeons monitoring the cognitive outcomes of cardiac surgery patients. She is active in medical education research with focus on student engagement, resiliency, and preadmission predictors of medical school success.
Dr. Kirkland earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with concentration in neuropsychology from the Georgia School of Psychology of Argosy University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She resides in Florida with frequent visits to the Sint Maarten Campus and Clinical Sites around the US and UK.