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Kristin Arneson Mahr, PhD, MS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education, Physician Assistant Department, College of Health Professions

Kristin Arneson Mahr, PhD, MS, PA-C is the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with majors in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Corporate Wellness. Upon graduating she began working in Cardiac Rehabilitation at Highland Park Hospital, during this time she also earned a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Northeastern Illinois University. In 2005 Dr. Mahr earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Practice from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She was also the recipient of the Lee Ann Myers Award Memorial Award. Dr. Mahr completed a certificate degree in Health Professions education in 2014 and earned a PhD in Interprofessional Healthcare Studies from RFUMS in 2020. 

Kristin Arneson Mahr has spent the majority of her clinical career as a family medicine PA, but has also worked in urgent care and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mahr has also served as a RFUMS Physician Assistant Clinical Preceptor while working in Family Medicine at Access Community Health Network. Her academic focus is in Pediatric Medicine, Substance Use Disorders, and Clinical Year Curriculum. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). 

Academic Appointments

  • Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Physician Assistant Program, September 2018 – present
  • Director of Student Affairs, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, College of Health Professions, March 2018 – August 2019
  • Director of Clinical Education and Instructor, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Physician Assistant Program June 2014 – September 2018
  • Student Affairs Student Liaison, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, College of Health Professions, 2016 – March 2018
  • Clinical Coordinator and Instructor, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Physician Assistant Program, 2013 – 2014

Education

  • Ph.D. Interprofessional Healthcare Studies, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL; May 2020
  • Health Professions Education Certificate, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL; May 2014
  • M.S. Physician Assistant Studies, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL; June 2005
  • M.S. Exercise Physiology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL; May 1999
  • B.S. Exercise Science, Winona State University, Winona, MN; May 1996

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), 2013 – present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), 2005 – present
  • Fellow, Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, (IAPA), 2005 – present
  • Member, Chicago Simulation Consortium, 2014 – present

Peer Reviewed Publications Presentations and Poster Presentations

  • Mahr, K., Adelman, M., Buchmann, B., Galanos, R., McKenna, T., Stram, K. (2021). Team Based Opioid Education for First-Year Healthcare Profession Students. Poster Presentation and Remote Presentation at the Lifestyle Medicine
  • Mahr, K. (2021) Lightning Talk Evaluation of How Interprofessional Education Influences the Perceptions of Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Practice. Nexus Summit 2021
  • Mahr, K., daSilva, J., Munoz, S., Trombetta, A. Interprofessional Opioid Education Module for Healthcare Students. Poster presentation and Remote Presentation at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum, October 2020
  • Corcoran, P., Mahr, K., Elliott, K., Hartman, E., Kendall, A., Guenther, E., Kosson, D. The “A Way Out” Program of Lake County: An Interprofessional Effort to Reduce Opioid Use and Abuse. Contributing author for the panel discussion at the Academy Health ARM session: Policy Interventions on Opioid Prescribing, Use, and Overdose, Seattle, WA, June 2018
  • Larios, S., Mahr K. Does Bacterial Vaginosis Behave as A Sexually Transmitted Infection Among Women Who Have Sex with Women? Opportunity Conference, Minneapolis, MN, March 2018
  • Mahr, K., Radke, J. PA Students' Prior Health Care Experience and Clinical Year Performance. Poster presentation at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum, Denver, CO, October 2017