Kristi White

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine


Administrator Info
Name: Colleen Doyle

Dr. White is a board certified clinical health psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of 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 psychologist at Hennepin Healthcare. Dr. White specializes in health psychology and behavioral medicine with clinical expertise in stress, anxiety, and the biopsychosocial aspects of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. She also has a passion for health equity and social justice. Dr. White’s primary area of interest is in the overlap among health psychology, behavioral medicine, and environmental sustainability. Specifically, she is interested in taking an environmental justice perspective to promote equitable human and environmental co-benefit solutions, using her academic training as a stress researcher to guide her work.

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

American Psychological Association
Society of Behavioral Medicine
American Psychosomatic Society
Minnesota Psychological Association
Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12)
Society for Environmental Population & Conservation Psychology (APA Division 34)
Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38)
Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Adams, E. L. (Lead Author), Figueroa, R., White, K. E., Bell, B. M., Alegria, K., Yaroch, A. L. (2024). Prioritize “Food is Medicine” initiatives in the 2024 Farm Bill for human and planetary health. Translational Behavioral Medicine(ibad083).,
Mezuk, B., Sin, N. L., Stanton, M. V., Szabo, Y. Z., Tomiyama, A. J., & White, K. E. (2023). The American Psychosomatic Society Antiracism Task Force: Implementation, Activities, and Lessons Learned. Psychosomatic Medicine, 85(6):p 466-473.,
Nogueira, L. M. & White, K. E. (2023). Environmental Justice, Equity, and Cancer. Chapter in Bernicker, E. H. (ed) Environmental Oncology. Springer, Cham.,
Salomon, K., Beatty Moody, D. L., White, K. E., & Darden, T. M. (2022). Childhood Factors in Adult Risk for Cardiovascular Disease. Chapter in S. R. Waldstein, W. J. Kop, E. C. Suarez, W. R. Lovallo, & L. I. Katzel (Eds). Handbook of Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine.,
Pearson, A. R., White, K. E., Nogueira, L. M., Lewis, N. A., Green, D. J., Schuldt, J. P., & Edmondson, D. (2023). Climate change and health equity: A research agenda for psychological science. The American psychologist, 78(2), 244–258.,
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. Chapter in G. Asmundson (Ed). Comprehensive Clinical Psychology, 2nd Edition.,
*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. *Denotes co-first authorship,
White, K. E., Mayhew, L. L., Sacco, W. A. (2015). Diabetes. Chapter in T. Hadjistavropoulos & H. D. Hadjistavropoulos (Eds). Fundamentals of Health Psychology.,
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. ,
Salomon, K., Bylsma, L. M., White, K. E., Panaite, V., & Rottenberg, J. (2013). Is blunted cardiovascular reactivity mood-state dependent? A comparison of Major Depressive Disorder, remitted depression and healthy controls. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 90(1), 50-57.,
Sacco, W.P., Bykowski, C. A., Mayhew, L., & White, K. E. (2012). Educational Attainment Moderates the Effect of a Brief Diabetes Intervention. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 95(1), 62-67. ,
Groer, M., Murphy, R., Bunnell, W., Salomon, K., Van Eepoel, J., Rankin, B., White, K. E., & Bykowski, C. A. (2010). Salivary measures of stress and immunity in police officers engaged in simulated critical incident scenarios. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 52(6), 595-602.,