Kirsten M. M. Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
Division of Epidemiology
Institute for Health and Society
Kirsten Beyer received her PhD in Geography and her MPH in Global Health from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She 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 Research Committee, and a former CTSI Clinical Research Scholar.
Dr. Beyer was awarded the MCW Research Day New Investigator Award for her abstract and poster "Exposure to neighborhood natural environments and mental health: evidence from SHOW." She was also written up for her work with the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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