Profile: Kirsten Beyer

beyer_100Dr. Kirsten Beyer is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Kirsten Beyer is a health geographer interested in human-environment interaction as it relates to public health, with environment conceived broadly as including the physical (built and natural) and social environments. Her work includes disease mapping, social and spatial epidemiology, and mixed methods approaches that aim to identify spatial patterns of disease and injury and understand the complex human-environment processes that create them.

Her primary research interests are in the health impacts of neighborhood environmental characteristics such as green space and residential racial segregation, and the development of community-based interventions to improve health and reduce health disparities with a focus on cancer late-stage diagnosis and survival, attention restoration and stress reduction, and violence prevention. She has a strong interest in the role of community engagement in research and teaching and partners with local community organizations in undertaking her work. She is a member of the MCW Cancer Center, a member of the MCW Injury Research Center, and a former CTSI Clinical Research Scholar.

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Updated: April, 2016