Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology; 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
- 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
(Halling M, Timmer-Murillo S, Hunt JC, Geier T, Beyer KM, Malecki KM, deRoon-Cassini TA.) J Health Psychol. 2021 Jun 11:13591053211024712 PMID: 34112016 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85107627230 06/12/2021
(Bikomeye JC, Rublee CS, Beyer KMM.) Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 03 03;18(5) PMID: 33802347 PMCID: PMC7967605 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85101798712 04/04/2021
(Zhou Y, Beyer KMM, Laud PW, Winn AN, Pezzin LE, Nattinger AB, Neuner J.) J Pharm Health Serv Res. 2021 Mar;12(1):69-77 PMID: 33717229 PMCID: PMC7938828 03/16/2021
(Namin S, Zhou Y, Neuner J, Beyer K.) Soc Sci Med. 2021 02;270:113657 PMID: 33388619 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85098596638 01/04/2021
(Bikomeye JC, Balza J, Beyer KM.) Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 01 11;18(2) PMID: 33561082 PMCID: PMC7827958 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85099410635 02/10/2021
(Namin S, Zhou Y, Neuner J, Beyer K.) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 1 July 2021;18(13) SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85109203373 07/01/2021
(Namin S, Beyer K.) Environmental Justice. March 2021;14(1):42-48 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85101591730 03/01/2021
(Bikomeye JC, Rublee CS, Beyer KMM.) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 1 March 2021;18(5):1-29 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85101798712 03/01/2021
(Hackett KA, Ziegler MC, Olson JA, Bizub J, Stolley M, Szabo A, Heller E, Beyer KMM.) Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. 2021;21(1):35-52 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85079717018 01/01/2021
(Collin LJ, Gaglioti AH, Beyer KM, Zhou Y, Moore MA, Nash R, Switchenko JM, Miller-Kleinhenz JM, Ward KC, McCullough LE.) Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 01;30(1):53-60 PMID: 33008873 PMCID: PMC7855192 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85099240145 10/04/2020
(Olson J, Cawthra T, Beyer K, Frazer D, Ignace L, Maurana C, Millon-Underwood S, Pinsoneault L, Salazar J, Walker A, Williams C, Stolley M.) Prev Chronic Dis. 2020 10 08;17:E122 PMID: 33034557 PMCID: PMC7553208 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85092803110 10/10/2020
(Beam DR, Szabo A, Olson J, Hoffman L, Beyer KMM.) Inj Prev. 2020 Sep 10 PMID: 32912967 09/12/2020