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About the Director

Kristina Harris PetersenKristina H. Petersen holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cardiff University in the UK. Since arriving at NYMC in 2014, she won a 2015 NYMC SOM Student Senate Award for enhancement of student life, won mentoring and teaching awards in 2017 and 2018, and was elected to be inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha in 2018. She has pursued several IRB-approved Medical Education research projects while at NYMC, presented at several AAMC Conferences, and is working on completing manuscripts to submit for publication. Dr. Petersen has taught various undergraduate courses at NYU and Columbia, where she won teaching awards for her work in the classroom. She enjoys working with students to improve their study skills, create strategies for synthesizing large amounts of dense science material in short periods of time, and help them manage their time more effectively. Dr. Petersen has given many lectures and workshops on transitioning from undergraduate to medical school curriculum, Step 1 preparation, transitioning from basic science curriculum to clinical rotations, and Shelf & Step 2CK preparation. She was recently invited to lead a plenary session and a learning specialist breakout session at the upcoming 2019 Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education Conference. She has also been invited to speak at various events including: the SNMA Northeast Regional Conference 2013, Mentors in Medicine Conferences & workshops, and faculty development seminars at various medical schools.

Kristina H. Petersen, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Support Programs