Lauren B. Beach, JD/PhD (she/they) is a Research Assistant Professor within the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She is also Associate Director of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program within Northwestern’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. She holds a Ph.D. in genetics and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Beach investigates the epidemiology of chronic physical health conditions over the life course among diverse SGM populations and people living with HIV (PLWH). She also studies how multilevel health and identity related stigmas affect healthcare quality, chronic condition management, and health outcomes of marginalized populations. She holds a K12 career development award from the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research to investigate social and biological mechanisms contributing to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction among PLWH. In July 2020, they were awarded an R01 from NHLBI to add measures of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity to the Year 35 exam of the CARDIA cohort. Dr. Beach is also a proud bisexual and demisexual person as well as a longtime bisexual community advocate.
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