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To create a world without kidney diseases, the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health elevates care by educating and informing, driving breakthroughs and innovation, and advocating for policies that create transformative changes in kidney medicine throughout the world.

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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Trauma Behind My Smile: Better Access to Behavioral Health Resources During the Transplant Process, Including the Celeste Castillo Lee Endowed Lectureship

November 04, 2022 | 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Location: WF3 Tangerine, Orange County Convention Center‚ West Building

Session Description

This session focuses on the patient experience of kidney transplantation and the lack of access, or sometimes limited access, to behavioral health resources during the process. When patients are diagnosed with CKD, they are rarely encouraged to talk with qualified mental health care professionals to deal with their fears, anxieties, sadness, or other emotions concerning their diagnosis. Patients are unlikely to be emotionally prepared for unexpected difficulties and related trauma experienced during the transplant process.

ASN gratefully acknowledges Travere Therapeutics and several of Celeste's family members, friends, and colleagues for support of the Celeste Castillo Lee Endowed Lectureship.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Explain the positive result of access to behavioral health for patients with kidney transplants
  • Describe the patient's perspective of the challenges of kidney transplantation and adherence
  • Outline implementation strategies for goal-directed behavioral health therapies and tools
  • Specify approaches to incorporating mental health practices during the treatment course, from CKD diagnosis through kidney transplantation
  • Develop a health and wellness plan that includes psychosocial education

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Kidney Transplantation


  • Anne E. Dawson, PhD
  • Martha Pavlakis, MD, FASN