M. Kristen Peek, PhD
Senior Vice President and Dean, School of Public and Population Health
Professor and Chair ad interim, Department of Population Health & Health Disparities

Physical address:
UHC, Suite 4.208
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX

Mailing address:
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1150

Phone: (409) 772-9143
Fax: (409) 772-5272

  • Dr. Peek is the Dean of the newly established School of Public and Population Health and the Chair, ad interim, of the Department of Population Health and Health Disparities in the new school. She has a PhD from Duke University in Medical Sociology and has research interests in the impact of stress, community, and the environment on health disparities, particularly among older adults. She has had a total of 5 grants as a PI, including one R01, two cores for P01s, and two subcontracts for P01s and has been continuously funded for 20 years as either co-I or PI. All funding has focused on aspects of health disparities and inequities, a key theme and vision (Health Equity for All) in the School of Public and Population Health. Her overarching research goal is to investigate the impact of social and environmental factors on the inequitable production of health. This has been manifested throughout her career with foci on two specific areas: 1) social relationships, aging and health among older adults and 2) connections between race/ethnicity, stress, stress-related biomarkers, and health. More recently, she has begun expanding her research to address health inequities in climate change, a burgeoning field of research that significantly affects all communities.

    She is an active teacher, mentor, and educational administrator previously serving as Vice Chair for Education and the Graduate Program Director for Population Health Sciences in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health in the School of Medicine, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Director, ad interim, of the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program. She has been actively involved in and co-directed training grants for pre and post doctoral fellows and has extensive experience in mentoring students, postdocs, and junior faculty.

    Curriculum Vitae - CV

    • 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