Kenneth W. Phelps, PhD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medical Family Therapy
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry


Kenneth W. Phelps, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and an associate professor of clinical psychiatry and adjunct associate professor of clinical pediatrics with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. Phelps specializes in the treatment of youth living with Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or anxiety disorders. He is a cognitive behavioral therapist and commonly employs techniques from Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As a licensed family therapist, Phelps frequently addresses relational accommodation, parenting practices and systemic adaptation to illness.

Dr. Phelps is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has served on the board for the Children’s Trust of South Carolina. He has been published in multiple academic journals and contributed to numerous academic texts focused on medical family therapy. He leads the outpatient child and adolescent rotation and currently acts as the outpatient clinic director in the department of psychiatry.

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Education and training

Specialty Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medical Family Therapy

Board CertifiedLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist

EducationEast Carolina University

ResidencyConcord Hospital - Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program

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Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. Our 30,000 team members are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of you and your family. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded at a later date and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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