Christine Stanik, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and data scientist at Altarum Institute. There she leads and collaborates on various projects supporting the Institute’s mission to solve complex problems to improve human health. She is adept at both qualitative and quantitative methods and specializes in research programs that integrate both. Her research has focused on health and well-being in vulnerable segments of the population including: Veterans, the homeless, Medicaid beneficiaries, and children growing up in poverty. She is currently working on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant funded project exploring how at-risk groups interact with the healthcare system.


Prior to joining Altarum, Dr. Stanik led a longitudinal research project at Penn State University that extended a seminal project in family studies started two decades ago. Her academic publications focused on how interpersonal and family dynamics, including sibling interactions, gender roles, and the marital relationship contributed to the outcomes of parents and children across a variety of health and wellness indicators.


Dr. Stanik earned her MS and PhD degrees in social psychology from the University of Michigan. During her graduate studies she researched various aspects of romantic relationships including why women vary in their long-term partner preferences, what cues people use when assessing a potential partner, and an economic approach to understanding the trade-offs each partner makes to maintain a committed relationship.


Dr. Stanik enjoys the art of communication and works to make complex and nuanced research findings accessible to scientific and lay audiences alike. She believes social science research is a vital component of solving the nation’s most vexing health concerns and it is her mission to disseminate this knowledge.


Recent Posts by Christine Stanik

Overcoming Lower-Income Patients’ Concerns About Trust And Respect From Providers

The Right Place, Right Time research initiative interviewed vulnerable patients to learn their most urgent concerns about the health care system. They reported widespread distrust of the health care system and felt that they were seen as “less than” by health care professionals.

Knowledge Is Power: Improving Health Care Information For The Most Vulnerable

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Altarum Institute, and Oliver Wyman consulting firm seek to better understand the challenges that vulnerable patients face in accessing health care information and to make recommendations for improving access to such information.