Senior Psychiatrist, University Counseling Services
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kelly Wahlen is board certified psychiatrist providing clinical evaluation, consultation, and outpatient treatment to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She earned a BA in psychology at the University of Notre Dame; an MD at Boston University School of Medicine; and completed residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program.
Prior to her work in college psychiatry, she practiced for several years in academic, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and crisis service settings. She evaluates and treats patients with a broad spectrum of mental health concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, psychosis, and substance use. She appreciates the complex relationship between biological and psychosocial contributors to mental illness, and practices with an appreciation for institutional and systems issues that influence patient outcomes and overall wellness. Dr. Wahlen believes it is important to engage patients collaboratively in both the evaluation process and ongoing management of symptoms, with consideration of medication and non-medication treatment strategies. She particularly enjoys working with college students at UWM due to their diversity, curiosity, and resilience. She appreciates that this work provides an opportunity to focus on both prevention and treatment; to help individuals who are vulnerable during their navigation of multiple demands, significant life choices, and role transitions; and to enhance well-being and thereby optimize student success in various realms.