Research Partners

The work of the BEACH Laboratory would not be possible without the support of many funding agencies, community partnerships, and collaborators. Click on the pictures below to learn more about our partners and collaborators.

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Research Collaborators

The BEACH Lab work would not be possible without the collaboration of colleagues across the United States and globally.

Gina Besenyi, MPH, PhD

GinaProfilePicGina Besenyi is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical and Digital Health Sciences and Master of Public Health program at Augusta University and Director of the Physical Activity Research in Community Settings (PARCS) Lab. Her research explores how built environments contribute to active living behaviors and population-level health outcomes across geographic and cultural contexts and how disparities within these relationships might be understood and rectified, including through citizen engagement in creating healthier communities. Within this broader field of environmental health promotion, she has a specific interest in the role of parks, green space, and recreational facilities, and how availability, accessibility, and quality of such community resources influence physical activity, especially among youth. As well, she is a burgeoning expert in how innovative technology such as geographic information systems and mobile applications can be utilized within this public health research agenda to promote community participation


Stephanie Child, PhD

13699989_10104067177390734_4838090118534948956_nStephanie Child is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She recently graduated from the Arnold School of Public Health at USC where she was a research assistant with the BEACH Lab. Her dissertation stemmed from the Greenville Healthy Neighborhoods Project, and she maintains several ongoing projects and collaborations with the BEACH Lab team. Generally, her research focuses on the role of social networks and social capital across broad health outcomes, including ways in which socioeconomic status and race shape the associations between social environments on chronic disease.