Kristen Choi

Kristen Choi, PhD, RN, MS


Dr. Kristen Choi (Kaiser Scholar) is a registered nurse (RN) who obtained her Bachelor of Science and PhD degrees in nursing from the University of Michigan in an accelerated BS-PhD program. Her doctoral education was supported by a National Research Service Award (F31) from the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health and the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation through the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation. She studies trauma-informed service delivery, traumatic stress, and dissociative disorders among children who have experienced maltreatment, as well as other types of complex trauma and interpersonal violence. Dr. Choi has conducted quantitative and qualitative research studies in the US, Europe, and Africa on a variety of topics related to traumatic stress and service delivery for trauma survivors, including human trafficking, child abuse and neglect, and trauma-informed nursing care in perinatal settings. Her dissertation research project, “Service usage typologies among trauma-exposed children: The roles of PTSD and dissociation,” was conducted at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at the Duke University School of Medicine. She used a national clinical dataset from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to identify patterns of service utilization across healthcare, mental health, school, juvenile justice, and social service sectors and to investigate co-occurring PTSD and dissociation symptoms among trauma-exposed adolescents.

Career Interests: Dr. Choi hopes to improve service delivery systems for survivors of trauma and to reduce interpersonal violence in communities by developing a long-term program of action-oriented research and advocating for policy change.

Research Interests: Dr. Choi is interested in health services research, policy, and system interventions to address interpersonal violence, child maltreatment trauma, and trauma-related mental illness.

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