Primary Practice Location:University Hospital 2500 N. State St. Jackson, MS 39216
Appointments: (888) 815-2005
Areas of Practice: Family Medicine, Health Psychology
Kristen J. Alston, Ph.D. is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UMMC where she works collaboratively with residents, physicians, and other healthcare providers as a part of an integrated care team providing behavioral health clinical services to patients with comorbid behavioral concerns and acute/chronic health conditions. She earned her B.S in psychology from Howard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from East Carolina University. She completed internship training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, M.I., and fellowship training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In addition to her clinical interests, which include primary care health psychology and working as a part of an integrated health care team, Dr. Alston’s teaching interests include physician wellness, assessment and management of behavioral health concerns in a primary care setting, and patient/provider communication skills. Her research interest include examining treatment adherence and the management of behavioral and acute/chronic health conditions in underserved patient populations. Dr. Alston also has interest in mental health advocacy as it relates to eradicating mental health stigma in the African American community.