Kate Lorig is a Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center. She has a masters in nursing and a doctorate in public health with a specialty in health education.

For more than two decades, using a public health approach, she has developed and evaluated community-based patient education programs in English and Spanish for people with chronic conditions including arthritis, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and AIDS. In recent years this work has been extended to similar programs offered via the Internet.

Her present research includes the development and evaluation of programs for cancer survivors and as well as for caregivers of people with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other cognitive impairments. There programs are offered largely over the Internet. Most recently she has been involved in studying how to translate programs from the academic setting to the larger community.