Kristi White

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative and Primary Care


Administrator Info
Name: Colleen Doyle

Dr. White is a board certified clinical health psychologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in primary care behavioral health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Dr. White worked as an integrated primary care behavioral health provider at Hennepin Healthcare. Dr. White specializes in health psychology and behavioral medicine with clinical expertise in stress-related and inflammatory diseases, diabetes, obesity, and addressing health inequities. Dr. White's scholarly interest is in the overlap among health psychology, behavioral medicine, and environmental sustainability.

Research Summary

  • The stress-reducing and health-promoting effects of restorative natural environments
  • Environmental and human health co-benefit solutions
  • The role of environmental sustainability in human well-being
  • Environmental justice
  • The health impacts of climate change
  • The health benefits of climate solutions
  • The symbiotic relationship between humans and the natural environment

Clinical Summary

Stress reduction, anxiety management, health promotion and disease prevention, inflammatory illness, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, physical and mental health impacts of climate change, and health benefits of climate solutions


PhD, University of South Florida

Honors and Recognition

Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award, Minnesota Psychological Association

Professional Memberships

Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
Minnesota Psychological Association
American Psychosomatic Society
Society of Behavioral Medicine
American Psychological Association
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Unrod, M., Gironda, R. J., Clark, M. E., White, K. E., Simmons, V. N., Sutton, S. K., & Brandon, T. H. (2014). Smoking behavior and motivation to quit among chronic pain patients initiating multidisciplinary pain treatment: A prospective study. Pain Medicine, 15(8), 1294-1303.,
White, K. E., Mayhew, L. L., Sacco, W. A. (2015). Diabetes. In: T. Hadjistavropoulos & H. D. Hadjistavropoulos (Eds). Fundamentals of Health Psychology.,
Nogueira, L. & White, K. E.*, Bell, B., Alegria, K. E., Bennett, G., Edmondson, D., Epel, E., Holman, E. A., Kronish, I. M., &Thayer, J. (2022). The role of behavioral medicine in addressing climate change-related health inequities. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 12, 526-534. *Co-first authorship,
Doherty, T. J., Lykins, A. D., Piotrowski, N. A., Rogers, Z., Sebree Jr., D. D., & White, K. E. (2022). Clinical psychology responses to the climate crisis. In: G. Asmundson (Ed). Comprehensive Clinical Psychology, 2nd Edition, vol. 11, Elsevier, pp. 167-183.,
Pearson, A. R., White, K. E., Nogueira, L., Lewis, N. A., Jr., Green, D. J., Schuldt, J. P., & Edmondson, D. (in press). Climate Change and health equity: A research agenda for psychological science. American Psychologist.,