Karin Larsen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health (OBGYN)

Karin Larsen

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-273-7111

Fax 612-273-7112

Office Address:
Women’s Health Specialists
606 24th Ave S, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Dept. of OB/GYN & Women’s Health
MMC 395 Mayo
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Angel Twardy

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Fellowship in Health Psychology, Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Mayo Clinic Medical School, 2005

Fellowship in Sexual Health, Program in Human Sexuality, Center for Sexual Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2007

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa, 2003

MA, Clinical Psychology, 1998


Dr. Larsen received a doctorate from the University of Iowa with an internship in Health Psychology from the University of Florida, Gainesville. She had a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic (Health Psychology) and at the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality (Sexual Health).

Awards & Recognition

  • NIMH Junior Investigator Award, North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2001

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Psychological Association, 2004-present
  • Member, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professionals Group, 2008-2013
  • Member, Research Council, University of Minnesota, 2010-2012
  • Member, International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, 2005-2012



  • Patten CA, Enoch C, Renner CC, Larsen K, Decker PA, Anderson KJ, Nevak C, Glasheen A, Offord KP, Lanier A. Evaluation of a tobacco educational intervention for pregnant Alaska Native women. J Health Dispas Resd Pract. 2008 Fall; 2(3):33-50.
  • Forman DR, O’Hara MW, Stuart S, Gorman LL, Larsen KE, Coy KC: Effective treatment for postpartum depression is not sufficient to improve the developing mother-child relationship. Dev Pyschopathol. 2007 Spring; 19(2):585-602
  • Larsen KE, Schwartz SA, Whiteside SP, Khandker M, Moore KM, Abramowitz JS. Thought control strategies used by parents reporting postpartum obsessions. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. 2006; 20(4):435-46.
  • Larsen KE, Vickers-Douglas K, Sampson S, Netzel P, Hayes SN. Depression in women with heart disease: The importance of social role performance and spirituality. J Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2006; 13:36-45
  • Larsen KE, O'Hara MW, Brewer KK, Wenzel A. A prospective study of self-efficacy expectancies and labour pain. J Reproductive Infant Psychol. 2001;19(3):203-14.



Reproductive Medicine Center

Clinical Interests

Health psychology; Women's issues; Sexual health; Couple therapy