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Kristi E. Gamarel

Associate Professor and Associate Chair Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health

Kristi E. Gamarel is an associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her scholarship, teaching, and service specifically focuses on elucidating and addressing how intersectional oppression contributes to health inequities among LGBTQ+ communities. A key feature of this work is addressing social determinants of health, including stigma, violence, economic vulnerability, gender affirmation, and health-harming legal needs. A main contribution of Gamarel’s research is the development and evaluation of community-led interventions designed, implemented, and evaluated with, for, and by transgender and gender diverse communities of color using multiple methods, including qualitative research, survey research, mixed-methods, and randomized controlled trials. Of note, her team is currently leading two National Institues of Health-funded projects designed to evaluate the impact of microeconomic strategies, including emergency assistance, unconditional grants, mentorship, and workshops, designed in partnership with transgender communities of color.

PhD, MPhil, MA, City University of New York; EdM, MA, Columbia University; BA, Bard College.

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