Joseph Kline, Jr. PhD, MD, MBA was educated at Indiana University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Louisville, obtaining his B.A. in Biology with Honors in 1975, his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics (Neurophysiology) in 1983, his M.D. degree in 1986, and his MBA with Distinction in 2000.
Dr. Kline's background is unusually diverse. Prior to entering medicine, he trained for a concert career in piano and served 4 years in the U.S. Army, including two tours in Vietnam as an analyst with the Army's special intelligence branch. During that period, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and two Army Commendation Medals. While completing the remainder of his military service stateside, he was selected for special assignment to the National Security Agency Experimental Facility in Vint Hills Farms, Virginia. While completing his Ph.D. research, he developed and published a new animal model of schizophrenia that was acclaimed as the most significant research of the year by a reviewer for the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
Dr. Kline completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry in 1991 at the University of Cincinnati, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award and served as Chief Resident at Cincinnati's Veteran Affairs Medical Center. He was also awarded the prestigious American Psychiatric Association-Meade Johnson Fellowship in Community Psychiatry, a two-year fellowship awarded annually to only 15 psychiatry residents in the United States.
At the time of his training, the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry was nationally renowned for its psychoanalytic psychotherapy training program. Several of the faculty were internationally known for their contribution to the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a psychiatric disorder seen in both combat veterans as well as victims of childhood physical and sexual abuse. Dr. Kline's unique training, supervised by these same analysts at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, is why so many patients desire to engage in psychotherapy with him, particularly patients with low self-esteem and child abuse histories.
Dr. Kline is a past recipient of The Baron Award for community education from the Northern Kentucky Mental Health Association. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Cincinnati , and his patients will gladly confirm that he still enjoys teaching! He was the Substance Abuse Program psychiatrist at NorthKey Community Care over a period that spanned 20 years. For 6 years, he served as the first and only psychiatrist at Catholic Charities in Covington. He was a speaker for Forest Pharmaceuticals for over 10 years and frequently spoke to primary care doctors throughout the metro area. In early 2016, Dr. Kline was honored by a prominent rating site as one of the top 20 psychiatrists in the Commonweath of Kentucky.
Dr. Kline is both a clinician and researcher. He has been the Principal Investigator for dozens of industry-sponsored clinical drug trials for major depression, treatment-resistant depression, alcohol dependence, migraines and schizophrenia. He has also served as the psychiatric consultant to the Women’s Crisis Center in Northern Kentucky for a decade.
As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Kline offers expert medication and psychotherapy treatment of mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders. He is an expert in the interactions between diet, other lifestyle factors and depression, dementia and chronic diseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia and many cancers. He offers consultations for individuals who suffer from depression and wish to use lifestyle to optimize their medication treatment.
Dr. Kline’s practice has always been distinguished not only by his expertise in diagnosis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology, but also by his unique combination of warmth and humor, as well as his uplifting and caring approach to patients. As he approaches retirement in 3 to 4 years, he has scaled-back his hours but not his warmth and humor, nor the care he extends to each individual patient.
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