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Headshot of GCPR Student Kate LeMasters Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, PhD Student

My name is Kate LeMasters and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. I obtained my MPH in Maternal and Child Health and UNC in 2018 and entered the Department of Epidemiology the same year. I study social epidemiology, specifically the systems and structures that exacerbate health inequities. My participatory research has focused on HIV prevention among Black communities in Durham County and on understanding the strength and challenges that mothers face in Robeson County around maternal and child health. My doctoral research focuses on mass incarceration and am invested in understanding how this system creates racial health inequities in mental health and HIV. My dissertation is focused on the individual and community-wide mental health effects of probation and I am actively working on becoming a more community-engaged researcher when doing work focused on carceral systems.

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