Dr. BA Adair White is an educator, coach, and consultant. BA teaches in the following content areas: conflict management, teams in medicine, leadership, educational administration, and health professions education.

Her formal education consists of a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in sociology, a master of arts in industrial and organizational psychology, and a doctorate in educational leadership with a dissertation entitled “Conflict Management Education as a tool for Leadership Development in the Intensive Care Unit”.

She questions assumptions and conclusions, assisting individuals in deepening their knowledge and understanding, enabling skill development such as: critical thinking, life-long learning, and humility. Ultimately, her passion is to help others achieve their goals, which drives much of her work. In that quest, she has led the development of curriculum for education, leadership, communication, and conflict management sessions. Additionally, she is an author for a textbook entitled Cultivating Leadership In Medicine, which was developed to help teach leadership in medicine as well as to help institutions create leadership education programs.

Dr. Adair White is active in her community, serving as the Vice President on the Board of Trustees for Salado Independent School District. And, she often says she is married to medicine, as her husband is a Physician leader. They share two adorable kiddos JuliAnn (photo credit) and Preston. She spends her extra time with her family and dogs (Boston and Fenway).

  • EdD, Educational Administration, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX
  • MA, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
  • BA, Psychology, minor in Sociology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Dr. Adair White’s interests in research include health professions education, leadership, conflict management, teams, and career development. Additionally, she finds value in many projects, so she often helps others achieve their research goals.

Dr. Adair White has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Adair White's publications on Google Scholar or in her CV. 

Building Communication and Conflict Management Awareness in Surgical Education.

The Lived Experience of Medical Training as an Educational Tool for Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. 

Conflict Management Education in the ICU.

Ad Hoc Teams and Telemedicine during COVID-19. 

Creating a Culture of Communication in Undergraduate Medical Education.


See Google Scholar Profile


In addition, Dr. Adair White regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

Diagnosing Conflict at the 2022 International Leadership Association(ILA): Healthcare Leadership Conference.

Perspectives on Psychological Safety in the OR: Investigating the Factors that Influence the Culture of Safety in the Operating Room at the 2022 ILA Healthcare Leadership Conference.

Raising the Bar: Strengthening Medical Student Performance through Effective Communication at the Association for Surgical Education Annual Meeting.

Self-Directed and Life-Long Learning: How Do You “Check The Box”? Roundtable Discussion at The Generalist in Medical Education Conference.

Validation of the EAST-IST Within Internal Medicine Subspecialty Fellowship Programs at the ATS International Conference.

Awards and Honors

Teaching Excellence Academy for Learning (TEAL) Fellow, 2023

The aim of TEAL is to: 

  • Promote the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Honor Institute faculty who demonstrate sustained contributions to teaching excellence
  • Spread promising practices in health professions education
  • Provide mentorship for early career faculty members