Dr. Kristine Lykens

Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems


Dr. Kristine Lykens

Education & Experience:
I received a PhD in Political Economy and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.  I received a BA in Political Theory and Policy Analysis from Indiana University.  Prior to joining the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health, I held analytic positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Aetna Health Insurance, New Mexico Health and Environment Department, and the New Mexico Health Systems Agency.  I also held administrative positions at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Dialysis Services Division of National Medical Care, and Health Plus Insurance Plan in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I have also served as a consultant for the March of Dimes and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I have taught for the UNTHSC School of Public Health, in the Department of Health Management and Policy, for more than 16 years.  My teaching responsibilities over this time have included masters and doctoral health policy courses, health services and policy research courses, public health ethics courses, program planning and evaluation, and an honors seminar, “Physicians and the Affordable Care Act,” for TCOM students.  I have supervised 25 masters theses and 12 doctoral students.  The students I have mentored have taken a variety of positions in local health departments, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, non-profit agencies, as a Director of Patient Safety and Quality at a 38-hospital system, faculty positions in California, Pennsylvania and Texas, and as president of a health consulting firm.

Professional Activities & Awards:
I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International  Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health.  I have served as a manuscript reviewer for 18 peer reviewed journals.  I have also served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the March of Dimes Foundation, and UT Southwestern Medical Center. I am also an Expert Member, Child Health and Nutrition Knowledge Network, Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative, Global Forum for Health Research, World Health Organization (2010-2016).

I am currently a member of the American Political Science Association and the Association of Public       Analysis and Management. Previous professional organization memberships have included AcademyHealth, the American Public Health Association and the American Sociology Association.

Scholarly Interests:
My research has explored several health policy issues in children’s health, such as international child nutrition and child survival, the impact of Medicaid on children’s health, children with special health care needs, public health ethics, patient safety and care quality, and tuberculosis prevention.

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