Skip to main content.

Crystal Y. Groves-Lumpkins, PhD, MA

Crystal Groves-Lumpkins portrait
Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health

Professional Background

Dr. Crystal Lumpkins is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the Family Medicine andamp; Community Health Research Division. She also serves on the KU-Medical Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cabinet and is a Co-Chair for the Health Equity and Community Engagement Subcommittee. She holds a courtesy faculty appointment within the Department of Population Health at KUMC and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the KU-Lawrence campus.

Dr. Lumpkins’ current and primary research interests are in evidence-based public health communication, cancer-related genetic counseling and testing communication targeted to minority and underserved populations. Her research is community driven where she takes a community based participatory research approach to engage Kansas and Missouri communities in the research process to address cancer health disparities and health communication inequities. She is currently chair and lead researcher with the “Faith Works – Connecting for a Healthy Community,” (FWCFHC) consortium that is comprised of area faith-based and community-based organizations, patients, medical and research professionals in the bi-state area. This collaboration, established in 2012, has yielded community-engagement grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Patient-Center Outcome Research Inst
itute (PCORI) and Kansas Leadership Center and also health-related community activities to reduce cancer health disparities and improve health equity among underserved and underrepresented populations.

In addition to her research efforts within the department, she serves as editor for The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s newsletter, has authored dozens of health disparity and health communication publications and is actively engaged with other research and training projects within the Department of Internal Medicine, Population Health, School of Nursing and throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Dr. Lumpkins received her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007 and holds a dual Masters Degree in Media Communications and Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Research

Overview

She also mentors and teaches graduate, post-baccalaureate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Lumpkins received her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007 and holds a dual Masters Degree in Media Communications and Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is married to Garry Lumpkins, Jr. and is a mom of three and resides in Shawnee, Kansas.