Faculty Profile for Dr. Krista J Howard

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Dr. Krista J Howard
Associate Professor — Psychology
UAC 253D
phone: (512) 245-5547

Biography Section

Biography and Education

PhD in Health Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Arlington

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Statistics
Applied Biostatistics (graduate level)
Foundations of Health Psychology (graduate level)
Industrial Psychology
Internships: RestoreFX and Brain Balance

Research Interests

Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain; Central Sensitization; Opioid Misuse
Hypothyroidism and other Metabolic Disorders
Social Media and Mental Health
Treatment and Medication Adherence
Occupational Health

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Robinson, A., Bonnette, A., Howard, K. J., Ceballos, N. A., Dailey, S. L., Lu, Y., & Grimes, T. (2019). Social Comparisons, Social Media Addiction, and Social Interactions: An examination of specific social media behaviors related to major depressive disorder in a Millennial population. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research.
  • Ceballos, N. A., Howard, K., Dailey, S., Sharma, S., & Grimes, T. (2018). Collegiate Binge Drinking and Social Media Use among Hispanics and Non-Hispanics. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(6), 868–875. https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2018.79.868
  • Gatchel, R., Howard, K. J., Haggard, R., & Thomas, C. (2019). Introduction and Overview:  Biopsychosocial Approaches to Understanding Chronic Pain and Disability. In The Handbook of Pain and Palliative Care (2nd Edition). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Howard, K. J., Giblin, M., & Medina, R. (2019). The Relationship Between Occupational Stress and Gastrointestinal Illness:  A Comprehensive Study of Public School Teachers. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.
  • Chambers, J., Jones-Rincon, A., Johnson, A., Tsatenawa, V., & Howard, K. J. (2019). Why do teachers leave? A comprehensive occupational health study evaluating intent-to-quit in public school teachers. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National Honor Society. November 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Health Scholar Showcase, Texas State University. February 2018
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Dean's Presidential Nominee for Excellence in Scholarly Activity. September 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Golden Apple Award for Scholarly Activity, Liberal Arts College. September 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. May 2016

Selected Grants

  • Howard, Krista J (Principal), Ceballos, Natalie A (Supporting), Grimes, Thomas (Supporting), Dailey, Stephanie Layne (Supporting), Lu, Yongmei (Supporting), Lee, Hsun Ming (Supporting), Sharma, Shobhit (Supporting), Lawrence, Grayson B (Other). Does Social Media Make Us Sick? A Pilot Study on the Effects of Social Media on Physiological Reactivity and Mental Health, MIRG, Texas State University, $23784. (Funded: July 2018 - Present). Grant.
  • Burke, Patricia Jean (Principal), Haskard Zolnierek, Kelly B (Co-Principal), Howard, Krista J (Co-Principal), Lawrence, Grayson B (Co-Principal), Tamir, Dan (Co-Principal). Increasing Treatment Adherence in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome: Development of a Support Network Application, MIRG, Texas State University, $25000. (Funded: June 2016 - June 2017). Grant.
  • Haskard Zolnierek, Kelly (Principal), Howard, Krista J (Co-Principal). Interactive Medication Adherence Monitor (IMAM) Smartphone Program for Chronic Medical Conditions - Phase II, Texas State University Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $6670. (Submitted: January 1, 2013, Funded: January 2013 - December 2013). Grant.
  • Howard, Krista J (Principal). Evaluating Disparity in Outcomes of Total Joint Replacement in Underserved Population, Texas State University Research Enhancement Program, Institutional (Higher Ed), $8000. (Submitted: January 1, 2011, Funded: January 2011 - December 2011). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Member
Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
January 1, 2011-Present
Participant
Bobcat Day
October 2018-October 2018
Reviewer / Referee
Peer Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
January 1, 2016-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Peer Manuscript Reviewer, Pain Medicine
January 1, 2016-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Peer Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
January 1, 2011-Present