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Wendi K. Born, PhD

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Clinical Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health

Professional Background

Wendi Born is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She has been a member of the faculty since 2010. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois. Her postdoctoral clinical training in clinical health psychology included geropsychology and palliative care as well. She then completed a two-year research fellowship in Preventive Medicine. She was an Associate Professor at Baker University before joining the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas. Her interest in reducing disparities began with her dissertation, a longitudinal intervention to close performance gaps for women and minorities in the sciences. Her subsequent research addressed disparities in care for underserved populations in the areas of cancer screening, smoking cessation, and hospice utilization. Her teaching also seeks to raise awareness of and counteract implicit bias against underserved groups, including bias against people with mental health conditions and systemic racism in medicine. Her current career goal is to provide and teach integrated primary care in inter-professional teams that involve learners at all levels. Her clinical approach is primarily cognitive behavioral supplemented with interventions that facilitate adaptive change by honoring the whole person.

Education and Training
  • BA, Washburn Univ. of Topeka
  • Residency, Clinical Psychology / Health Psychology, Hines VA Medical Center, Hines, IL
  • Clinical Fellowship, Geropsychology & Palliative Care, Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Preventive Medicine & Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Licensed Psychologist (LP), State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

Research

Overview

Dr. Born's research focuses generally on reducing disparities in achievement and health. After completing her training as a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University, she completed a two-year research fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her interest in reducing disparities began at Northwestern University, where she studied the ways that salient negative stereotypes affect academic performance. Her dissertation was a longitudinal intervention to close performance gaps for women and minorities in the sciences. This work grew into a project funded by the Mellon Foundation that helped more than 10,000 students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Her subsequent research at the University of Kansas addressed disparities in care for underserved populations in the areas of cancer screening, smoking cessation, and hospice utilization. Currently, she is applying her research skills to the area of medical student education and outcomes.