PMPH Faculty


M. Kristen Peek, PhD Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Director, Population Health Sciences Program
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Director ad interim, MD-PhD Program, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
John Sealy Distinguished Chair for MD/PhD Combined Degree Studies in honor of Truman G. Blocker

Contact Information

Ewing Hall, Suite 1.116, 700 Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas
Phone: 409-772-9143
Fax: 409-772-2573
Mailing address: 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1150

M. Kristen Peek, PhD

Dr. Peek is a medical sociologist and social epidemiologist with a PhD in Sociology from Duke University. She has research interests in ethnic differences in the effects of social relationships and stress on health outcomes among older adults. She has served as the principal investigator for an NIH funded R01 focusing on marriage and physical and mental health among older Mexican Americans, a core project for a NIH funded P50 Center for Population Health and Health Disparities examining the stress process among Mexican Americans, and two NIH subcontracts focusing on aging and ethnic variations in stress and stress-related biomarkers. Her publication record shows her expertise in the areas of mental health, Hispanic aging, acculturation, stress, health disparities, and predictors of disability.

She is an active teacher, mentor, and educational administrator serving as Vice Chair for Education and the Graduate Program Director for Population Health Sciences in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health. She also serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Director, ad interim, of the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program.

  • BA, Sociology and Psychology, University of Texas
  • MA, Sociology, Duke University
  • PhD, Sociology, Duke University
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Psychological Stress and Stress-related Biomarkers
  • Minority Aging and Health
  • Preventive Medicine and Population Health
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Sealy Center on Aging