Krista Highland, PhD (they/them)

Krista Highland, PhD (they/them)

Name: Krista Highland, PhD (they/them)

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Deputy Director of Science, Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management
Faculty Rank: 
Research Associate Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Pain Management, Health Equity, Statistics
Healthcare Optimization


Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Nebraska - 2012
M.A. Psychology, University of Nebraska - 2009
B.S. in Biology and Psychology, Black Hills State University - 2007


Dr. Highland is a Research Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology (Primary), Military and Emergency Medicine (Secondary), and Medicine (Tertiary). They are a principal investigator on multiple grants including two large CDMRP Chronic Pain Management grants. Their research examines pain management optimization through a health equity measurement framework and biopsychosocial lens. As such, Dr. Highland employs a range of statistical modeling approaches, including structural equation modeling and machine learning.