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Dr. Ashleigh Rich (she/her)

CGSHE Faculty Member

Dr. Ashleigh Rich (she/her) is a CGSHE Faculty Member and a a social epidemiologist. She holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, where her CIHR-funded dissertation research investigated the epidemiology of chronic illness for trans people living with and without HIV in the US and Canada. Dr. Rich is also a CIHR Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, affiliated with the Center for Health Equity Research and the Carolina Population Center. Dr. Rich’s current research program focuses on health inequities in HIV, chronic disease and transgender health, with broad interests in minority stress, structural stigma and methods and measurement issues in sexual and gender minority health. She is particularly interested in the impact of social processes on population health outcomes, and how multi-level exposures become embodied, translating into population level inequities.

Dr. Rich conducts applied public health research with clinical application and policy relevance that is responsive to community needs. She works with interdisciplinary teams, leveraging quantitative and mixed methods to answer questions aimed at ameliorating health disparities for transgender people, as well as other sexual and gender minorities, particularly those at the intersections of multiply marginalized identities including racialization, socioeconomic status and sex/gender. Click here to read Dr. Rich’s publications. She is @thatajrich on Twitter.