Staff Scientist - Decision Making and Ethics Research Program
Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Professional Interests

  • medical anthropology, cultural and psychosocial factors affecting disease status and prevention/recovery,
  • cognition, emotion and decision-making
  • HIV/AIDS and drug abuse prevention, sociocultural impacts on mental health and illness

Professional Statement

Kristin Kostick is a medical anthropologist and research associate at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. She has worked both nationally and internationally in community- and clinic-based prevention/ intervention research ranging from socio-cultural approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention and malaria control to substance abuse and mental health programs for socially marginalized individuals. She has also conducted evaluation research on evidence-based research programs in both developed and non-developed countries. Her current research focuses on factors affecting decision-making among end-stage heart failure patients, as well as aspects of process flow and organizational readiness for clinics and institutions implementing innovative patient-centered care programs.