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 current and past funders, partners, and collaborators.


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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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 Kinesiology at Kansas State 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.


Morgan Hughey, PhD, MPH

Morgan is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the College of Charleston. She graduated with her PhD from the department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in 2017.  She received a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University and a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) from the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina.  She has served as a graduate research assistant for several years on multiple community-based projects and worked for two years with a coalition, LiveWell Greenville, to implement physical activity initiatives focused around parks and recreation systems in Greenville, South Carolina.  Morgan’s research interests focus on examining the relationships between community environments and health behaviors like physical activity and healthy eating. She is particularly interested in health inequities within different communities and how community-based approaches may help reduce such inequities. Morgan enjoys playing sports, especially flag football and softball, hiking, biking, and enjoying lake activities. Morgan likes to spend time with friends, family, and her boxer mix dog, Tyson.