Kristen Choi, PhD, MS, RN, is a child/adolescent psychiatric nurse and health services researcher. Dr. Choi studies health services and policy approaches to behavioral health, trauma, and violence among children. Her current research projects include studies on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), adverse childhood experiences, the impact of trauma and violence on nurses, and health system factors associated with firearm violence. She is a member of the first cohort of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded Stakeholder-Partnered Implementation Research and Innovation Translation (SPIRIT) K12 Program at UCLA. With this career development award, Dr. Choi is studying ASD services at Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) and patient outcomes associated with implementation of California's autism mandate. She is an Adjunct Investigator in the Department of Research & Evaluation at KPSC and an Associate Director of Nursing for the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program. As a both a clinician and a scientist, Dr. Choi maintain a clinical practice as a registered nurse (RN) at a community psychiatric hospital in Downtown Los Angeles. She addresses child behavioral health from individual, family, system, and policy levels in her research and is committed to a creative, action-oriented program of research that will improve the health of vulnerable children and communities.
Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise
Doctoral Dissertation: Service usage typologies among trauma-exposed children: The roles of PTSD and dissociation
Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Trauma-informed care with childhood maltreatment survivors: what do maternity professionals want to learn?
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, Michigan
PhD, Nursing, University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Master of Science in Health Policy & Management, University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California
National Clinician Scholars Program, Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Honors and Awards
|2013||Midwest Nursing Research Society, Undergraduate Student Research Scholar Award|
|2013||University of Michigan School of Nursing Dean’s Research Day, 3rd Place Poster Award|
|2014||University of Michigan School of Nursing, Mary Reynolds Memorial Award|
|2014||University of Michigan School of Nursing Dean’s Research Day, 2rd Place Poster Award, Student Poster Category|
|2010-2015||University of Michigan, James B. Angell Scholar (8 consecutive terms of all As)|
|2016||Rackham Conference Travel Grant, University of Michigan|
|08/2018||Jonas Policy Scholars Program, Maternal & Infant Health Expert Panel, American Academy of Nursing|
|09/2019||Nominee, UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research|
|05/2019||Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health, Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Research Training Institute|
Logsdon, M., Kenner, C., Choi, K. R., Amankwaa, L. C., Walker, D. S., & Breedlove, G. (2019). Maternal mortality in the United States: How targeted dissemination can help to address the problem. Journal of Advanced Nursing, https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14094.
Choi, K. R., Easterlin, M. C, & Szilagyi, M. A. (2019). The traumatogenic potential of federal policy in the lives of children. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000716.
Choi, K. & Seng, J. S. (2014). Trauma-informed care with childhood maltreatment survivors: what do maternity professionals want to learn? International Journal of Childbirth, 4(3), 191-201.
Choi, K. R. (2014). Forensic nursing philosophy: examining epistemological assumptions about truth and knowledge in the Integrated Practice Model. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10(4), 243-244.
Choi, K. R., Ragnoni, J. A., Bickmann, J. D., Saarinen, H. A., & Gosselin, A. K. (2015). Health behavior theory for pressure ulcer prevention: A root cause analysis project in critical care nursing. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 31(1), 68-74.
Choi, K. R. (2015). Risk factors for domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States: A literature review. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 11(2), 66-76.
Choi, K. R. & Seng, J. S. (2015). Pilot of a nurse-led, interprofessional in-service training on trauma-informed perinatal care. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(11), 515-521.
Choi, K. R., & Seng, J. S. (2016). Predisposing and precipitating factors for dissociation during labor in a cohort study of posttraumatic stress disorder and childbearing outcomes. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12364.
Choi, K. R. (2016). Complex psychological trauma and self-dysregulation: A theory synthesis for nursing. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 30(1), 10-25.
Beck, D., Choi, K. R., Munro-Kramer, M. L., & Lori, J. R. (2016). Human trafficking in Ethiopia: A scoping review to identify gaps in service delivery, research, and policy. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. doi:10.1177/1524838016641670.
Choi, K. R., Briggs, E., Seng, J. S., Graham-Bermann, S. A., Munro-Kramer, M. L., & Ford, J. D. (2017). Service usage typologies in a clinical sample of trauma-exposed adolescents: A latent class analysis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. DOI: 10.1037/tra0000340.
Choi, K. R., Seng, J. S., Briggs-King, E., Munro-Kramer, M. L., Graham-Bermann, S. A., Lee, R. L., & Ford, J. D. (2017). The dissociative subtype of PTSD among adolescents: Co-occurring PTSD, depersonalization/derealization, and other dissociation symptoms. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(12), 1062-1072.
Ashwood, S. J., Kataoka, S.H., Eberhart, N. K., Bromley, E., Zima, B. T., Baseman, L., Marti, F. A., Kofner, A., Tang, L., Azhar, G. S., Chamberlin, M., Erickson, B., Choi, K. R., Zhang, L., Miranda, J., Burnam, A. M. (2018). Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act in Los Angeles County: Implementation and outcomes for key programs. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2018. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2327.html.
Choi, K. R. & Graham-Bermann, S. A. (2018). Developmental considerations for assessment of trauma symptoms in preschoolers: a review of measures and diagnoses. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(11), 3427–3439.
Choi, K. R., Sherbourne, C., Tang, L., Castillo, E., Dixon, E., Jones, A., Chung, B., Eisen, C., & Wells, K. (2018). A comparative effectiveness trial of depression collaborative care: Subanalysis of comorbid anxiety. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945918800333.
Choi, K. R. & Easterlin, M. C. (2018). Intervention models for increasing access to behavioral health services among youth: A systematic review. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000623.
Choi, K. R., Ford, J. D., Briggs, E., Munro-Kramer, M. L., Graham-Bermann, S. A., & Seng, J. S. (2019). Relationships between maltreatment, posttraumatic symptomatology, and the dissociative subtype of PTSD among adolescents. Journal Trauma & Dissociation, 1-16.
Choi, K. R., McCreary, M., Rahmanian, S. K., Ford, J. D., Kenan, K., & Zima, B. (2019). Validation of the Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for ACEs. Pediatrics, 143(4), e20182546.
Munro-Kramer, M., Beck, D., Choi, K.R., Singer, R., Gebhard, A., & Carr, B. (2019). Human trafficking victim's service needs and outcomes: An analysis of clinical law data. Journal of Human Trafficking, https://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2019.1574476.
Choi, K. R., Omery, A, & Watkins, A. M. (2019). An integrative literature review of the implementation of psychiatric rapid response teams (RRTs) for de-escalating behavioral.
Non-Peer Reviewed Journals and Publications
Taylor, J. & Choi, K. R. (2015). What are the next steps for trauma-informed care in education, research, and policy? In Seng, J. S. & Taylor, J. (Eds.), Trauma-Informed Care in the Perinatal Period: Growing Forward. Edinburgh, UK: Dunedin Academic Press.
Ashwood, S. J., Kataoka, S.H., Eberhart, N. K., Bromley, E., Zima, B. T., Baseman, L., Marti, F. A., Kofner, A., Tang, L., Azhar, G. S., Chamberlin, M., Erickson, B., Choi, K. R., Zhang, L., Miranda, J., Burnam, A. M. (2018). The Mental Health Services Act in Los Angeles County: Evaluating program reach and outcomes. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB10008.html.
Choi, K. R., Seng, J. S., Briggs-King, E., Munro-Kramer, M. L., Graham-Bermann, S. A., Lee, R. L., & Ford, J. D. (2018). Dissociation and PTSD: What parents should know. National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Data At-A-Glance. Los Angeles, CA and Durham, NC: National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.
Choi, K. R., Seng, J. S., Briggs-King, E., Munro-Kramer, M. L., Graham-Bermann, S. A., Lee, R. L., & Ford, J. D. (2018). Dissociation and PTSD: What providers should know. National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Data At-A-Glance. Los Angeles, CA and Durham, NC: National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.