KRISTIN COURTNEY, EdD
Department of Translational Medicine and Physiology
EdD, University of Washington
MIT, Washington State University
BS, University of Idaho
WSU College of Education Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Courtney’s research focuses in the areas of mentorship; investigating the design and impacts of effective mentorship programs to increase health equity and career awareness in underserved communities. Additionally, her research focuses on educator development and teacher preparation. She is interested in the investment in the preparation of teacher candidates: teacher mental health, induction, and mentoring efforts surrounding early career teachers to improve teacher retention.
Dr. Courtney brings her vast experience in mentorship from K-12 educational settings to outreach program design. As part of the college’s mission, our focus is to develop programming opportunities for students from rural and underserved urban communities to establish a track to medical school and back to their communities. Our goal in the Outreach Office is to create opportunities for students to gain an understanding of health care fields through hands-on experiences and career-connected learning. Embedding mentorship programs to health science curriculum aims to build health science content for K-12 students while fostering self and social awareness including emphasis around leadership, community, and interpersonal skills. Mentors serve as ‘catalysts’ to keep the momentum and excitement advancing, while providing a community connection as students engage in preparing for a health science career. We know that building a future workforce of healthcare leaders starts by inspiring children and teens to pursue a career in the field.
Dr. Courtney has partnered to develop a 7th-9th grade career awareness and exploration program for students in Stevens County with eventual expansion to 12th grade. The Stevens County Mentor Project aims to cultivate career awareness and career connected learning opportunities for 7th graders through high school through continuous and intentional mentorship to expand the minds and opportunities of middle and high school students.
WSU College of Education Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching
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