Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
- Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology
Associate Director, PhD Program in Public & Community Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography, UW-Milwaukee
MPH, Global Health, University of Iowa
PhD, Geography, University of Iowa
MS, CTSI Epidemiology Track, MCW
Dr. Kirsten Beyer is on the faculty in the Division of Epidemiology in the Institute for Health & Equity.
Dr. Beyer’s work focuses on the intersection of health, place, and social justice. Her research passion is to identify environmental and systematic causes of health disparities, and to apply a translational research framework, including community engaged research, to move research findings into program and policy interventions to close the gaps. While her interest in social justice has early roots, her specialization in geography and public health stems from her undergraduate focus on international studies, her work in the nonprofit sector after college, and her graduate work in global health, geospatial analysis, and health disparities.
Dr. Beyer received her PhD in Geography and her MPH in Global Health from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She joined MCW in 2009 as an Instructor and a Fellow in the Primary Care Research Fellowship. She was particularly interested in MCW because of its demonstrated investment in community engagement and translational research, its new (at that time) PhD program in public and community health, and the potential for strong mentorship from talented senior faculty. During her postdoctoral work, she also earned a master’s degree in clinical and translational science, with a focus on epidemiology. Dr. Beyer was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 2011.
Dr. Beyer’s current research focuses on the impacts of neighborhood environmental characteristics such as residential racial segregation and green space on cancer outcomes, particularly through pathways that include stress, time spent outdoors, social interaction, and food and physical activity behaviors. Dr. Beyer’s 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 goal is to conduct research that leads to the development of community-based interventions and policies to reduce health disparities. Her primary research project (NIH R01CA214805) is focused on the contemporary problems of institutional racism and residential racial segregation, and investigates whether these social structures contribute to the magnitude of racial and ethnic breast cancer survival disparities. The project uses a community engaged research framework that draws upon existing partnerships with community organizations in Milwaukee, WI, which often tops the list of America’s most segregated cities.
Dr. Beyer is a member of the MCW Cancer Center, the Comprehensive Injury Research Center, the Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, serves as the Associate Director for the PhD Program in Public and Community Health, and is an External Examiner at the Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Beyer is currently on the leadership team for the MCW Cancer Center Community Advisory Board and serves as the academic co-chair of the Prevention and Healthy Communities workgroup of the Board. Dr. Beyer mentors PhD, masters, and medical students, and teaches in the PhD program in public and community health. She is the Chair of the MCW Environmental Sustainability Committee, serves on the Global Health Council, and is currently the Vice-Chair for the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. She received the Emerging Scholar award from the HMGSG in 2016.
In her free time, Dr. Beyer spends time with her family, outdoors, enjoying music, and traveling.
Honors and Awards
2016, Emerging Scholar Award, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers
- Community Medicine
- Geographic Information Systems
- Health Behavior
- Participatory research
- Residence Characteristics
- Social Change
- Social Justice
- Spatial Behavior
Methodologies and Techniques
- Cluster Analysis
- Epidemiologic Measurements
- Geographic Information Systems
- Models, Statistical
(Bemanian A, Cassidy LD, Fraser R, Laud PW, Saeian K, Beyer KMM.) Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Dec;30(12):1277-1282 PMID: 31531799 PMCID: PMC6858574 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85073816952 09/19/2019
(Neuner JM, Fergestrom NM, Laud PW, Nattinger AB, Beyer KMM, Flynn KE, Pezzin LE.) Cancer. 2019 Nov 15;125(22):3960-3965 PMID: 31373689 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85074244186 08/03/2019
(Beyer KMM, Laud PW, Zhou Y, Nattinger AB.) Cancer. 2019 Nov 01;125(21):3818-3827 PMID: 31287559 PMCID: PMC6788939 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85068677126 07/10/2019
(Holmes BD, Haglund K, Beyer KMM, Cassidy LD.) Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2019 06;26(2):194-199 PMID: 30569824 12/21/2018
(Johnson BS, Malecki KM, Peppard PE, Beyer KMM.) Sleep Health. 2018 10;4(5):413-419 PMID: 30241655 PMCID: PMC6152838 09/23/2018
(Beyer KMM, Szabo A, Hoormann K, Stolley M.) J Behav Med. 2018 08;41(4):494-503 PMID: 29383535 PMCID: PMC6031452 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85041194912 02/01/2018
(Bogar S, Ganos E, Hoormann K, Bub-Standal C, Beyer KMM.) J Women Aging. 2017 Nov-Dec;29(6):515-529 PMID: 28033490 12/30/2016
(Ertl AM, Beyer KMM, Tarima S, Zhou Y, Groner JI, Cassidy LD.) J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 08;83(2):225-229 PMID: 28422922 PMCID: PMC5522352 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85017620256 04/20/2017
(Bemanian A, Beyer KM.) Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 04;26(4):516-524 PMID: 28325737 PMCID: PMC5380473 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85016947130 03/23/2017
(Zhou Y, Bemanian A, Beyer KM.) Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 04;26(4):561-568 PMID: 28196847 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85016941198 02/16/2017
(Beyer KM, Szabo A, Nattinger AB.) Am J Prev Med. 2016 09;51(3):281-90 PMID: 27320702 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84989921485 06/21/2016
(Tittman SM, Harteau C, Beyer KM.) WMJ. 2016 Apr;115(2):65-9 PMID: 27197338 05/21/2016