Kristin Wells is an Environmental Epidemiologist in the Department of Public Health Sciences and serves as the scholarship coordinator for the Generalist Scholar’s Program in the School of Medicine. She received her M.P.H. in Environmental and Occupational Health from Emory University and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, University of Virginia Center for Design and Health (2013)
  • Phi Kappa Phi, VCU Chapter

Research Focus

Dr. Wells’ research interests include the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for estimating historic and current environmental exposures, spatial modeling of disease, and multivariate modeling techniques.

Teaching Focus

Dr. Wells teaches Epidemiology and World Health (GNUR 6052) in the School of Nursing during the spring, summer and fall semesters. She also teaches Environmental Health: Epidemiologic Perspectives (PHS 7385) and Epidemiologic and Translational Research (PHS 7020) in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine.


Journal Articles

St. Ivany, A., Bullock, L., Schminkey, D., Wells, K., Sharps, P., & Kools, S. (2018). Living in fear and prioritizing safety: Exploring women’s lives after traumatic brain injury from intimate partner violence. Qualitative Health Review, 28(11), 1708-1718. doi:10.1177/1049732318786705

Hu, Y., Ezekian, B., Wells, K.M., Burks, S.G., Jones, D.R., Lau, C.L., Schirmer, B.D., & Kozower, B.D. (2013). Long-term satisfaction and medication dependence after antireflux surgery. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 96(4), 1246-1251. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.05.017

Kennedy, M.G., Eustis Turf, E., Wilson, M., Wells, K.M., Huang, G.C., & Beck, V. (2011). Effects of a television drama about environmental exposure to toxic substance. Public Health Reports, 126(Suppl. 1), 150-159.

Altekruse, S.A., Huang, L., Cucinelli, J.E., McNeel, T.S., Wells, K.M., & Oliver, M.N. (2010). Spatial patterns of localized-stage prostate cancer incidence among white and black men in the southeastern United States, 1999-2001. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 19(6), 1460-7.

Harris, S.A. & Wells, K.M. (2007). Dose Prediction Modeling for Epidemiologic Assessment of Pesticide Exposure Risks in Occupational Cohorts. In J. Seiber, R. Krieger, & M. Ragsdale(Eds.), 187-200.