Robert  Kitts

Robert Kitts

Adult & Child Psychiatrist, MD
Massachusetts Waitlist Online
Cambridge Waitlist In-person
Updated September 17, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • College health
  • Depression
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • School and work burnout

Professional statement

Dr. Robert Kitts is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who has been working in Boston for over ten years. He works primarily with college students, recent graduates and other young adults. Dr. Kitts draws from a number of approaches in order to best meet the needs of his clients, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and supportive therapy, as well as mindfulness practices.

Dr. Kitts focuses on clients dealing with anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ issues, college health, and school and work burnout. Dr. Kitts also has experience with academic issues, ADHD, bipolar disorder, chronic illness, compulsive behaviors, existential challenges, impulse control, transgender topics, and trauma.

Dr. Kitts graduated from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University with his MD after receiving his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He trained at Boston Children’s Hospital and stayed on as faculty for a total of 9 years, including being the training director of its Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He established the first clinical elective in LGBTQ healthcare at HMS and has also worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Bentley University.

Currently, in addition to his private practice, Dr. Kitts is a psychiatrist at Boston College.


Message to clients

I do not practice "cowboy medicine," where I throw diagnoses and medications at you. Instead, my goal is to understand you as best as I can to ensure that you are confident in my treatment and our work together. This could be medication, guidance, support and/or therapy. I value respect, empathy, authenticity, and compassion, which informs my practice and guides my approach.


Specialties

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, panic attacks, phobias

College health - Challenges with adjusting in college, issues with career direction, relational issues, feeling like an imposter, perfectionism challenging one’s self-esteem

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

LGBTQ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues; for transgender individuals, includes advocacy, body adjustment issues, getting needs met in the school community, safety, relationships, health care, family issues

School and work burnout - Feeling overwhelmed by school, postgraduate training or work; decline or loss in passion in one’s work; feeling trapped and hopeless about career path




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Robert Kitts is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $275 (60min)
  • Medication management sessions: $175 (30min)
  • Child and adolescent intake sessions: $500 (120min)
  • Adult intake sessions: $375 (90min)

Location(s)

Cambridge practice
678 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Boston College, Psychiatrist, 2020 - Present
Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, 2007 - 2020
Bentley University, Psychiatrist, 2018 - 2020
Massachusetts General Hospital, Attending Psychiatrist, 2016 - 2020
Boston Children's Hospital, Attending Psychiatrist, 2009 - 2016
Boston Children's Hospital, Training Director, 2013 - 2016
Harvard Medical School, Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, 2009 - 2013
Boston Children's Hospital, Associate Training Director, 2012 - 2013

State University of New York Upstate Medical University, MD, 2004
Cornell University, BS, Biology, 2000


Licensure

Massachusetts: 231130


Languages

English


Professional endorsements

"Dr. Kitts is one of the most thoughtful and invested psychiatrists I have ever met and worked with. His style is warm and accessible despite his extensive knowledge and expertise. He keeps updated on the latest research findings and treatment trends on a regular base. Dr. Kitts takes the time to know his clients in the context of their lives and makes careful treatment recommendations in partnership with his clients and their families. Even though the expertise of psychiatrists is to prescribe psychotropic medication, through his intimate knowledge of the American Psychiatric Association’s practice guidelines, Dr. Kitts will consider alternative explanations and treatments for his clients’ struggles, if those approaches will lead to the best outcomes with the least side effects. For all those reasons, Dr. Kitts is a great clinician and therapist."

- Simona Bujoreanu, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital • June 2016

"Dr. Kitts is an empathic physician and a knowledgeable child and adolescent psychiatrist who is dedicated to helping children, teens, and families. His work on the Pediatric Consultation Service at Boston Children’s Hospital and his role as Training Director in Child Psychiatry prepare him well to evaluate, treat, and consult to a wide range of issues that arise for families seeking care."

- Roberta Isberg, MD, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital • June 2016

"Dr. Kitts is an excellent psychiatrist with great interest in psychotherapy. He has excellent clinical skills, is very caring and compassionate with patients, and is very professional and collaborative with colleagues. I highly recommend him."

- Eleni Maneta, MD, Boston Children's Hospital • June 2016

"Dr. Kitts is especially in-tune with the needs of adolescents, young adults, and their families. He is a regional expert in the advocacy and work with LGBT youth and their families, as well. I have seen his therapeutic rapport with patients and families first-hand and recommend him highly."

- Chase Samsel, MD • June 2016

Client testimonials

"Dr. Kitts has been helping our adolescent son cope with a difficult transition during the last 3 three years. My son liked him right away, and he treats our whole family like caring individuals who all matter in the course of our son’s care. We have never felt talked down to, and our thoughts and feelings have never been disregarded. I find his candor and empathy to be unfortunately rare."
- Wellesley alum, mother • December 2019
"I have struggled with psychiatrists who have wanted to change the non-normative pieces of my identity; Dr. Kitts accepts me. He listens with an open mind and communicates well with to develop a treatment plan both of us want."
- Bi, poly female, late-20s • December 2019
"Dr. Kitts took the time to listen, understand the problem, and connect with the patient. It made a big difference to our whole family."
- Zencare client • June 2019
"Dr. Kitts is insightful, makes great observations, and provides sound medical advice. He is kind, very grounded, and genuine. I trust his judgement and expertise."
- Health professional • June 2018
"I have recently started working with Dr. Kitts and would highly recommend him. He is approachable, caring, and thorough. I have the utmost trust in his opinions and recommendations."
- Brown University alum • June 2016