Kara Hokes

Kara Hokes

Kara Hokes

Graduate Research Assistant

Clinical Psychology

Kara Hokes is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student who is mentored by Dr. Leah Adams, Ph.D. She is a member of the Mental, Physical, Health, and Behavior lab. She is broadly interested in the dissemination of mental health care in marginalized communities. Her specific research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic illness, traumatic brain injuries, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma.

She is currently the program director for the COVID-19 Essential Workers Stepped Care Support Program. She assists in providing care to essential workers (teachers, healthcare professionals, service industry workers, etc.) to help them cope with traumatic stress related to the pandemic. The program is made up of three distinct interventions: volunteer staffed emotional support line, brief intervention (1-3 sessions of tele-therapy) and long term care (1-15 sessions of evidence based trauma intervention).


Bachelor of Arts, Hiram College.

Master of Arts, George Mason University.