Michelle Anne Birkett

  • 1583 Citations
20082021
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Michelle Birkett, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences and directs the CONNECT Complex Systems and Health Disparities Research Program within the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. Dr. Birkett’s research uses network and quantitative methodologies to understand the social contextual influence of stigma on the health and wellbeing of marginalized populations, and in particular, sexual and gender minority youth. This work is influenced by a multilevel perspective of health that considers direct and indirect influences of multiple levels of the social and physical environment. This multilevel approach to understanding health underlies her interest in network data and her commitment to conducting research that leads to social change at multiple levels of society to eliminate health disparities. Dr. Birkett has led multiple NIH-funded projects. She is the recipient of a NIH Career Development Award focused on understanding network, multilevel, and contextual influences on racial disparities in HIV within young men who have sex with men (K08 DA037825). She also directs Network Canvas (R01 DA042711; Dual PIs: Birkett & Phillips), a software development project which seeks to simplify the collection and streamline the management of social data, thereby allowing health researchers to assess more nuanced associations between social contextual factors and disease. She co-leads with Noshir Contractor the Network Data Core of RADAR (U01 DA036939), which is in charge of the collection and analysis longitudinal observations of sexual, drug, and support networks of over 1200 YMSM. Finally, she is an member of the Executive Board of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Illinois - Urbana

… → 2010

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Adolescent Health
  • Big Data
  • HIV Infection
  • Health Disparities
  • Network Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Science
  • Systems Science
  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender (LGBT) Healthcare

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Grants 2011 2021

Learning systems
Public health
Graphical user interfaces
Learning algorithms
Data acquisition

Research Output 2008 2019

An Investigation of Racial and Ethnic Homophily on Grindr Among an Ongoing Cohort Study of YMSM

Salamanca, P., Janulis, P. F., Elliott, M., Birkett, M. A., Mustanski, B. & Phillips ii, G. L., Jan 15 2019, In : AIDS and behavior. 23, 1, p. 302-311 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cohort Studies
Logistic Models
HIV
Ethnic Groups
Research
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Cohort Studies
HIV
Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior
Social Support
Cannabis
Social Support
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Adolescent Behavior
Longitudinal Studies

Bias from potentially mischievous responders on large-scale estimates of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning (LGBQ)-heterosexual youth health disparities

Cimpian, J. R., Timmer, J. D., Birkett, M. A., Marro, R. L., Turner, B. C. & Phillips ii, G. L., Nov 1 2018, In : American journal of public health. 108, p. S258-S265

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heterosexuality
Health
Sexual Minorities
Bullying
Suicidal Ideation
National Institute on Drug Abuse (U.S.)
Organized Financing
sexual orientation
Sexual Behavior
resilience