Lauren Beach, Ph.D., JD

Lauren Beach, Ph.D., JD, is a Research Assistant Professor within the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also Associate Director of the EDIT Program within the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University. Dr. Beach is a sexual and gender minority health researcher who aspires to advance health equity through collaborative scholarship, community engagement, and advocacy while applying an intersectional social justice based lens. Dr. Beach completed her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics in 2014. In December 2012, she received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. Dr. Beach is supported by a K12 award from the Third Coast HIV-related Cardiovascular (CV) and Sleep Disorders K12 Career Development Program (K12HL143959). For her K12 project CADENCES HIV, she investigates social and biological mechanisms that contribute to heart failure in people living with HIV. Dr. Beach is a well-recognized LGBTQIA and bisexual community leader. Among other accolades, she has been named a Point Foundation scholar and one of Advocate Magazine's 40 Under 40 LGBT activists in the United States. Twitter @laurenbbeach