Christine Kirby, MA

Associate in Research (Anthropologist)

Christine Kirby, MA is a linguistic anthropologist with a background in conversation analysis, doctor/patient communication, and qualitative research design. She has experience in the development and implementation of qualitative coding systems for analyzing communicative outcomes in various environments.  Her training is rooted in qualitative and quantitative research with a focus on Jefferson notation transcription, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, and qualitative coding. She works with Peter Ubel and Don Taylor on cost transparency in doctor/patient interactions, shared decision making in the clinical encounter, physician decision making in genomic sequencing delivery, and palliative care as a clinical/economic benefit to patients and caregivers.  Since 2013, she has also managed David Wohl (MD, UNC) and Abigail Panter's (PhD, UNC) research analyzing 180 HIV+ patient attitudes/ARV adherence over a four month period through administered surveys and MEMS cap data.  The purpose of this research is to generate a tool for physicians to accurately predict medication adherence, thus identifying individuals who may benefit from coherence assisting tools.  Additionally, she is interested in mental health, reproduction, phenomenology, and the various intersections of culture and biomedicine.


Qualitative coding and analysis, qualitative coding training, qualitative research design, mixed method research design, participant focused research methods, project management, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, transcription, grounded theory, focus group facilitation, medical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, Nvivo, ATLAS.ti, inquscribe, SAS, dedoose, anthropology, medical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, qualitative coding, qualitative analysis, qualitative research design, mixed methods, phenomenology, existential anthropology, conversation analysis


2012   M.A. Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

       Research Specialization: Linguistic, Medical, Psychological, and Sociocultural Anthropology
       Graduated with Distinction

2010   B.S. Multidisciplinary Anthropology, Appalachian State University

       Minor in Psychology | Specialization in Spanish, Art, and Gender
       Graduated Magna Cum-laude