Dr. Karissa Horton was trained at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education, an M.A. in Health Promotion, and a B.S. in Kinesiology. She is passionate about conducting research and evaluation efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of others, particularly among social groups who experience inequities in health conditions and access to health care. To this end, she has conducted research with low-income, hard-to-reach populations, including racial/ethnic minority populations and immigrant mothers, to name a few.
A member of the American Evaluation Association, Dr. Horton has a broad background in health behavior and health education, with specific training and expertise in mixed-methods research and evaluation. Dr. Horton brings a wealth of experience with the development, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of both small and large-scale mixed-methods research and evaluation projects for non-profit, university, and government health programs at the local, state and national level.
Dr. Horton has expertise conducting needs assessments and program evaluations, including helping healthcare organizations adopt and implement Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). She evaluated the cultural competency plans and policies of all 21 Texas Medicaid health plans for CLAS implementation efforts and advised the Texas Office of Minority Health and Texas Medicaid on strategies to improve and evaluate efforts to provide culturally responsive care to all Texans.
A frequent presenter at both national and state health-related conferences, Dr. Horton is the author of 10 peer-reviewed publications and recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Will Rogers Institute Fellowship from the American Association for Health Education.
Dr. Horton lives in her native Austin, Texas with her husband, son, two rescue dogs and three bearded dragons (oh…and her son’s pet tarantula rescued from her garden). She is Past President of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band and enjoys playing drums in her free time.