The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the addition of new faculty member, Kristina Purganan, DO. In addition to her faculty role, she will have clinical responsibilities within University of Utah Health as a physician provide outpatient care to adults at University Neuropsychiatric Institute Downtown Behavioral Health Clinic.
Kristina Purganan, DO, Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned her medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She completed her Psychiatry residency at the University of Cincinnati where she served as inpatient chief resident and then went on to pursue a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Dr. Purganan is board certified in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry by the ABPN.
After completing her training, she stayed on at the University of Cincinnati as an inpatient attending on the geriatric psychiatry unit, consultation & liaison, and ECT services. Just prior to joining our faculty, she had moved back to her hometown of Seattle, WA and worked at CHI-Franciscan Health to develop and implement the collaborative care model in their outpatient clinics. Her interests include dementia, neuropsychiatric disorders in the elderly, ECT, women and minority mental health, and access to mental health care. She is committed to advancing the field through education and advocacy. Dr. Purganan is delighted to join the department and the clinical faculty at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute.