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Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.

Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
Program Director

Division of Extramural Research
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
6707 Democracy Boulevard II, Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20892
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NCCIH program director Kristen Huntley, Ph.D., joined NCCIH in 2011. Dr. Huntley administers a portfolio of research grants focused on the mechanisms of action, efficacy, and effectiveness of complementary health practices that may contribute to symptom management in medical and mental health conditions. She works to stimulate research and oversees grants in the areas of acupuncture, adherence to medication, dissemination and implementation of research findings, complementary health practices to improve coping with pain and comorbid conditions, and the use of integrative models of care in military populations, pain clinics, and primary care settings.

Dr. Huntley is NCCIH’s representative to the NIH Adherence Research Network.

Prior to joining NCCIH, she served as a scientific review officer at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, overseeing its Treatment Research Committee (behavioral and pharmacological interventions) and the review of career development and training grant applications, RFAs, and research contract projects. Previously, Dr. Huntley was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, where she directed health services research on the use of prenatal cardiac and genetic diagnostic services, provided psychological services to patients with chronic illnesses, and instructed medical residents. She has worked as a project manager at Hauser and Associates, Inc., a market research firm in Paramus, New Jersey, where she managed research projects including advertising effectiveness tracking studies and consumer product concept tests.

Dr. Huntley received a B.S. in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University. She completed a clinical internship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, which included rotations at the Harris County Psychiatric Center, the Mental Sciences Institute, and MD Anderson Cancer Center.