Kirsten Beyer

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Institute for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin

Website: Kirsten Beyer, Medical College of Wisconsin


PhD, Geography, University of Iowa, 2009
MPH, Global Health, University of Iowa, 2005
MS, Clinical and Translational Science (Epidemiology track), Medical College of Wisconsin, 2012

Research and Teaching Interests

Kirsten Beyer is a health geographer interested in human-environment interaction as it relates to public health, with environment conceived broadly as including the physical (built and natural) and social environments. Her 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 primary research interests are in the health impacts of neighborhood environmental characteristics such as green space and residential racial segregation, and the development of community-based interventions to improve health and reduce health disparities with a focus on cancer late-stage diagnosis and survival, attention restoration and stress reduction, and violence prevention. She has a strong interest in the role of community engagement in research and teaching and partners with local community organizations in undertaking her work. She is a member of the MCW Cancer Center, a member of the MCW Injury Research Center, and a former CTSI Clinical Research Scholar.

Selected Publications

Beyer K.M.M., Heller B., Bizub J., Kistner A., Shawgo E., Zetts C., and Szabo A. More Than a Pretty Place: assessing the impact of environmental education on children’s knowledge and attitudes about outdoor play in nature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015 Feb 12;12(2):2054-2070 .

Beyer K.M.M., Bizub J., Szabo A., Heller B., Kistner A., Shawgo E., and Zetts C. Development and Validation of the Attitudes toward Outdoor Play Scales for Children. Social Science and Medicine. 2014 Oct 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Beyer K.M.M., Layde P.M., Hamberger L.K., Laud P.W. Does neighborhood environment differentiate intimate partner femicides from other femicides? Violence Against Women. 2015 Jan 21(1):49-64.

Tiwari C., Beyer K.M.M., Rushton G. The impact of data suppression on local mortality rates: the case of CDC WONDER. Am J Public Health. 2014 Aug 104(8):1386-8.

Beyer K.M.M., Kaltenbach A., Szabo A., Bogar S., Nieto F.J., Malecki K.M. Exposure to neighborhood green space and mental health: evidence from the survey of the health of Wisconsin. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Mar 11(3):3453-72.

Beyer K.M.M., Layde P.M., Hamberger L.K., Laud P.W. Characteristics of the residential neighborhood environment differentiate intimate partner femicide in urban versus rural settings. J Rural Health. 2013 Jun 29(3):281-93.