Kurt Christensen, Ph.D

Research Assistant / Project Coordinator (REVEAL 2007-2009)
Ph.D in Health Behavior and Health Education
Ph.D Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2012
M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2006
A.B., Biochemical Sciences, Harvard University, 1998
Phone Number: 
(734) 763-7726

Biography

Kurt Christensen recently received his Ph.D in Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE). Prior to his PhD work, Kurt earned a Master’s Degree in HBHE from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, graduating from its Public Health Genetics Interdepartmental Concentration program. Kurt is a fellow with Genetic Alliance, a nonprofit health advocacy organization committed to transforming health through genetics; and has done extensive work with the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics, which promotes the integration of genomic discoveries into public health practice.

Kurt’s research focuses on psychosocial aspects of genetic risk assessments. He has coordinated the Risk Evaluation and Education for Alzheimer’s Disease (REVEAL) Study, a randomized controlled trial that examines how healthy adults respond to APOE genetic testing to determine risk for Alzheimer’s disease; and coordinated the Recontact Study, a pilot project that disclosed CDKN2A genotypes and accompanying melanoma risk estimates to participants of a genetic epidemiological study. He also developed and executed a study on the emotional effects of sperm banking following a cancer diagnoses, and assisted on work related to education about mild cognitive impairment.

Prior to matriculating at the University of Michigan, Kurt earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and worked over six years as a program manager marketing collectibles. He will be seeking postdoctoral positions in the next two years and hopes to become a professor at a research-oriented institution in the future.