ISGMH is proud to announce that Dr. Lauren B. Beach has been promoted from Postdoctoral Research Fellow to Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Beach, whose primary faculty appointment is within the Department of Medical Social Sciences, also now joins the core faculty of ISGMH. In addition to her new faculty role, Dr. Beach will remain the Associate Director of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) team directed by Dr. Gregory Phillips II.
Dr. Beach’s research interests are threefold. First, she investigates the mechanisms, incidence, and management of non-communicable chronic conditions among people living with HIV (PLWH). Second, she studies the epidemiology of chronic physical health conditions over the life course in diverse and understudied sexual and gender minority populations. Third, she advances theoretical, conceptual and applied empirical approaches to examine how stigma affects healthcare quality, chronic condition management, and health outcomes among marginalized populations.
Dr. Beach’s transition to faculty is facilitated in part by her receipt of a K12 award from the Third Coast HIV-related Cardiovascular (CV) and Sleep Disorders K12 Career Development Program. As part of her K award training, Dr. Beach will deepen her skills in structural equation modeling, predictive analytics, and machine learning. For her K12 research project, Dr. Beach will investigate social and biological mechanisms contributing to heart failure among PLWH.
Congratulations to Dr. Beach on this outstanding achievement!