Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
Professor, Division of Epidemiology; Director, PhD Program in Public & Community Health; Co-Director, Global Health Pathway; Co-Director, GEO Shared Resource; Adjunct Associate 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
(Anguzu R, Cassidy LD, Nakimuli AO, Kansiime J, Babikako HM, Beyer KMM, Walker RJ, Wandira C, Kizito F, Dickson-Gomez J.) BMC Womens Health. 2023 Nov 08;23(1):584 PMID: 37940914 PMCID: PMC10634177 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85176043761 11/09/2023
(Anguzu R, Walker RJ, Beyer KMM, Zhou Y, Babikako HM, Dickson-Gomez J, Cassidy LD.) BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023 Nov 03;23(1):767 PMID: 37924014 PMCID: PMC10623746 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85175710523 11/04/2023
(Canales B, Laud PW, Tarima S, Zhou Y, Bikomeye JC, McGinley EL, Yen TWF, Bemanian A, Beyer KMM.) Health Place. 2023 Sep;83:103090 PMID: 37531804 PMCID: PMC10528833 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85166298261 08/03/2023
(Pearson AL, Zhou Y, Buxton RT, Horton TH, Pfeiffer KA, Beyer KMM.) SSM Popul Health. 2023 Sep;23:101462 PMID: 37456619 PMCID: PMC10339054 07/17/2023
(Bikomeye JC, Zhou Y, McGinley EL, Canales B, Yen TWF, Tarima S, Ponce SB, Beyer KMM.) J Natl Cancer Inst. 2023 Jun 08;115(6):652-661 PMID: 36794919 PMCID: PMC10248836 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85163239340 02/17/2023
(Beltrán Ponce SE, Abunike SA, Bikomeye JC, Sieracki R, Niyonzima N, Mulamira P, Kibudde S, Ortiz de Choudens S, Siker M, Small C, Beyer KMM.) JCO Glob Oncol. 2023 Feb;9:e2200218 PMID: 36795990 PMCID: PMC10166435 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85148255029 02/17/2023
(Pearson AL, Zhou Y, Buxton RT, Horton TH, Pfeiffer KA, Beyer KMM.) SSM - Population Health. September 2023;23 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85163982696 09/01/2023
(Miller-Kleinhenz JM, Moubadder L, Beyer KM, Zhou Y, Gaglioti AH, Collin LJ, Gohar J, Do W, Conneely K, Krishnamurti U, Gogineni K, Gabram-Mendola S, D'Angelo O, Henry K, Torres M, McCullough LE.) Front Oncol. 2023;13:1154554 PMID: 37621676 PMCID: PMC10446968 08/25/2023
(Rublee C, Bikomeye J, Rao S, Husain M, Beyer K.) Journal of Climate Change and Health. 1 March 2023;10 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85151746062 03/01/2023
(Beyer KMM, Namin S.) Biological and Environmental Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Second Edition. 1 January 2023:223-249 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85166140209 01/01/2023
(Holmes BD, Zhou Y, Brazauskas R, Beyer KM, Ameh EA, Olaomi OO, Cassidy LD.) Traffic Safety Research. 1 January 2023;4 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85166766176 01/01/2023
(Bikomeye JC, Balza JS, Kwarteng JL, Beyer AM, Beyer KMM.) PLoS One. 2022;17(11):e0276517 PMID: 36417344 PMCID: PMC9683573 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85142876878 11/24/2022