Dr. Konkel joined the talented team of HSS professors in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology. As an undergraduate, she studied both Psychology and Philosophy and the University of Akron in Ohio. In 2009 she moved out West to attend graduate school and received her Master's and Ph.D. in Applied Social and Health Psychology at Colorado State University. There, she gained extensive experience in prevention program design and evaluation, innovative methodology and research design, and adolescent health behaviors. Her interests include using psychological principles and theory to change behaviors and improve health outcomes. She focuses on health-related needs of her own community and works with students, faculty, and community leaders within Klamath Falls. Currently, she is working on projects to help improve adolescent health, reduce adolescent substance use, and evaluate active transportation attitudes and habits in town.
Kristen is a passionate teacher and enjoys teaching Health Psychology, Research Methods, and Applied Statistics. She is the co-advisor of the Psych Club, Circle K, and Psi Chi, and serves as an Honors Mentor. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and being with her dog, Evie.