Christine Garver-Apgar, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry-BHWP

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Graduate School :
  • PhD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (2008)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Texas–Austin (TX) (2000)
Fellowships:
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Medical Genetics and Genomics (2011)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-BHWP

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director of Research and Evaluation, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program

Research Interests

My research portfolio spans both basic psychological science and applied community-based research and evaluation. I work across multiple states to oversee strategic development of sustainable research and program evaluation initiatives. In my work as a behavioral scientist, I apply principles of evolutionary medicine, psychology, and psychiatry to the study of individual differences in human health and development. Areas of interest include developmental psychobiology, behavioral endocrinology, behavioral health, addiction, and biometrical genetics. In particular, I am interested in effects of early childhood adversity on physical and neuropsychological development, how developmental trajectories in response to early adversity differ across individuals (including sex-specific effects), and how a better understanding of stress-mediated development may inform intervention efforts with children and families. I also direct community-based research and evaluation projects with the goal of implementing, testing, and evaluating innovative and evidence-based strategies to support healthy behavior change. Projects are implemented both locally and nationally within behavioral health and integrated care clinics, hospitals, criminal justice systems, and other organizations or agencies serving vulnerable populations. Areas of focus include tobacco cessation, chronic disease prevention, health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, healthy sleep strategies, stress management, and family interventions.

Publications

  • Morris, C. D. & Garver-Apgar, C. E. Nicotine and Opioids: A call for co-treatment as the standard of care. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. 2020; 47, 601-613.
  • Morris, C. D., Pavlik, J. L., & Garver-Apgar, C. E. Criminal Justice Tobacco Cessation Equity Project: A Community of Practice. 2020.
  • Noland, D., Garver-Apgar, C. E., Kayser, A., Morris, C. D. National Jewish Health Project: Rural Quitline Evaluation. 2020.
  • Lenartz, T., Hamm, M., & Garver-Apgar, C. E. Justice-Involved Tobacco Cessation: Evaluation. 2020.

Professional Memberships

  • Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, Member

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Specialized Training (2017)
Personal Interests
My research portfolio spans both basic psychological science and applied community-based research and evaluation. I work across multiple states to oversee strategic development of sustainable research and program evaluation initiatives. In my work as a behavioral scientist, I apply principles of evolutionary medicine, psychology, and psychiatry to the study of individual differences in human health and development. In particular, I am interested in how developmental trajectories in response to early childhood adversity differ across individuals. I also direct community-based research and evaluation projects with the goal of implementing, testing, and evaluating innovative and evidence-based strategies to support healthy behavior change. Projects are implemented both locally and nationally within organizations and agencies serving vulnerable populations. Areas of focus include tobacco cessation, chronic disease prevention, health disparities, and family interventions.

Public Speaking
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Nicotine addiction and pharmacotherapy; Tobacco use during pregnancy/postpartum; Impacts of stress and adverse childhood experiences on health and development; Research and program evaluation

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (2008)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Texas–Austin (TX) (2000)
Fellowships:
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Medical Genetics and Genomics (2011)
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Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-BHWP
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