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Kathy Zebracki, Ph.D.

Kathy Zebracki, Ph.D.

Kathy Zebracki, Ph.D., is chief of psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, and an adjunct associate professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Zebracki is the current editor of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and an associate editor of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. She is on the board of directors for the American Spinal Injury Association and the Steel Assembly, and a former board member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and Illinois Spina Bifida Association.

Dr. Zebracki is a clinician, researcher and educator. Her primary clinical interests are in the care of children and adolescents with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. Her research focus is in the area of psychosocial and medical outcomes of youth with spinal cord dysfunctions, including spinal cord injury and spina bifida. Dr. Zebracki has authored 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, 14 book chapters, and over 130 presentations or posters at national and international meetings. Dr. Zebracki is a co-editor of the textbook Spinal Cord Injury in the Child and Young Adult. She also serves as a clinical and research mentor for clinical psychology doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.


  • Undergraduate, Northwestern University
  • Graduate, Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D. in clinical psychology
  • Residency, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, (now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago)
  • Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago, fellowship funded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development