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Education & Training

  • PHD, 2009
    St. John's University Manhattan Campus
  • MA, 2007
    St. John's University
  • BA, 2000
    George Mason University

National Provider ID: 1124307483


Komal Sharma-Patel, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Division of Psychology and Behavioral Health at Children's National Hospital. Dr. Sharma-Patel specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and adjustment disorders, as well as trauma or stress-related problems in youth.

She is a national certified provider and supervisor of Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and has expertise utilizing cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), and dialectical-behavior therapy (DBT). Dr. Sharma-Patel has special interests in the assessment and treatment of sequelae of interpersonal trauma and mood disorders.

She tailors her therapeutic approach to provide therapy to patients and families in order to improve youth emotion regulation, increase coping skills, cope with anxiety and reduce trauma-related triggers (e.g., flashbacks, nightmares) as well as help caregivers provide support to youth.

Research & Publications

Ross, S., Sharma-Patel, K., Brown, E., Huntt, J., & Chaplin, W. (2020).Complex trauma reactions in youth receiving trauma-specific cognitive behavioral therapy. Child Abuse and Neglect. Grefe, C.,

Brown, E.J., Lang, C., & Sharma-Patel, K. (2019). Implementation of a trauma-specific, evidence-informed treatment for adolescents: Two cases highlighting how to and how not to integrate. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Sharma-Patel, K., & Brown, E. (2016). Emotion regulation and self blame as mediators and moderators of trauma-specific treatment. Psychology of Violence, 6, 400-409.

Sharma-Patel, K., Filton, B., Tebbett, A., Tahilani, K., Brown, E., &Campbell, C. (2014). Patterns in blame attributions in abused youth: Association with mental health correlates and adaptive functioning. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Abuse, 567-588.

Lang, C.M., & Sharma-Patel, K. (2011). The relation between childhood maltreatment and self-injury: A  review of the literature on the conceptualization and intervention. Trauma, Violence and Abuse,  12,23-37.