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

Research Interests

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.


White BA. Diagnosing Conflict. 2022 International Leadership Association(ILA): Healthcare Leadership Conference; May 2-3, 2022; Virtual

Lin M, Papaconstantinou H, White BA. Perspectives on Psychological Safety in the OR: Investigating the Factors that Influence the Culture of Safety in the Operating Room. 2022 ILA Healthcare Leadership Conference; May 2-3, 2022; Virtual 

Nes EK, White BA, Wieters S, Little DC. (2020) “Raising the Bar: Strengthening Medical Student     Performance through Effective Communication” Abstract for Association for Surgical     Education Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. Conference canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

White BA, Jones K, Hairrell A, Dickey D. (2019) “Self-Directed and Life-Long Learning: How Do     You “Check The Box”? Roundtable Discussion at The Generalist in Medical Education     Conference, Pheonix, AZ 

Patel C, White HD, White BA, Ghamande S, Hayek A, Shakespeare A, Arroliga A. (2019)     “Validation of the EAST-IST Within Internal Medicine Subspecialty Fellowship Programs”     Electronic Poster ATS International Conference, Dallas, TX

Esplin BS, Dickey D, Wakefield K, White BA. (2018) “Thinking Globally & Teaching Locally:     Logistical and Pedagogical Creativity in Medical Curricula” Descriptive Presentation for The     Generalist in Medical Education Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. 

Nes, E., White, BA., Malek, A. J., Mata, J., Wieters, J. S., & Little, D. (2022). Building Communication and Conflict Management Awareness in Surgical Education. Journal of surgical education, 79(3), 745–752. https://doi-org.treadwell.idm.oclc.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2021.11.014

Dewsnap M, Arroliga AC, White BA. (2021). The Lived Experience of Medical Training as an Educational Tool for Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings.DOI: 10.1080/08998280.2021.1941582

White BA, White HD, Bledsoe C, Hendricks R, Arroliga AC. (2020). Conflict Management Education in the ICU. American Journal of Critical Care. DOI:10.4037/ajcc2020886 

White BA, Johnson J, Couchman G, Arroliga AC. (2020). Ad Hoc Teams and Telemedicine during COVID-19. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. DOI: 10.1080/08998280.2020.1809758

England JA, Howell M, White BA. (2020). Creating a Culture of Communication in Undergraduate Medical Education. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, 33(3):485-491. DOI: 10.1080/08998280.2020.1746156

Quinn JF, White BA. Cultivating Leadership in Medicine Dubuque, IA. Kendall Hunt; 2019 ISBN-978-1-7924-0981-3 

White BA, White HD, Arroliga AC. (2019). Historical Trajectory and Implications of Duty-Hours in Graduate Medical Education. Journal of Legal Medicine. 39(4):417-426

Sears D, White BA, Dewsnap M, Janek, H. (2019). Development and Implementation of a Women Leadership in Medicine Program at a Multispecialty Health Care System. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. 32(4):477-480. DOI: 10.1080/08998280.2019.1646591

White BA, Walker J, Arroliga AC. (2019). Avoiding Organizational Silence and Creating Team Dialogue. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings.DOI: 10.1080/08998280.2019.1593707

White BA, Bledsoe C, Hendricks R, Arroliga AC. (2019). A Leadership Education Framework Addressing Relationship Management, Burnout, and Team Trust. Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings. 32(2): 298-300. DOI: 10.1080/08998280.2018.1550346 

Colbert CY, Graham L, West C, White BA, Arroliga AC, Myers JD, Ogden PE, Archer J, Mohammad TA, Clark J. (2015). Teaching metacognitive skills: Helping physician trainees in the quest to “know what they don’t know”. The American Journal of Medicine, (AAIM Perspectives). 128(3): 318-324 PMID: 25446293

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