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Kristi White, PhD, LP

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I take a teaching approach to patient care. I think it’s important for patients to learn tangible skills so they feel empowered to advocate for their own wellness.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. White is a clinical health psychologist practicing as an integrated behavioral health provider at Hennepin Healthcare. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida, a fully accredited training program by the American Psychological Association and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System. Dr. White specializes in health psychology and behavioral medicine with clinical expertise in stress-related and inflammatory diseases, diabetes, obesity, and health disparities. Dr. White’s primary interest is in the overlap between health psychology, behavioral medicine, and environmental sustainability. In particular, her interests are focused on environmental justice, the stress-reducing and health-promoting effects of restorative natural environments, the role of environmental sustainability in human well-being, the health impacts of climate change, and the symbiotic relationship between humans and the natural environment. Dr. White has a passion for improving health equity and reducing health disparities in the state of Minnesota. At Hennepin Healthcare, she has served as a member of several committees dedicated to equity throughout the organization and is currently Chair of Programs and Education for the hospital’s Sustainability Committee. Overall, Dr. White hopes to dedicate her career to helping patients, communities, and environments thrive by working to dismantle systemic inequities and by being a responsible steward for current and future generations.


  • White, K.E., Mayhew, L.L., Sacco, W.A. (2014). Diabetes. Invited 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
    • Society for Health Psychology
    • Society for Environmental Population & Conservation Psychology
  • American Psychosomatic Society
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Minnesota Psychological Association
  • Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate


  • Fellowship in Primary Care Behavioral Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Minneapolis, MN


  • 2019 Recipient of the Minnesota Psychological Association’s Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award
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