Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medical Social Sciences

Michelle A Birkett, PhD

Michelle A Birkett, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences



Medical Social Sciences
625 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 2700
Chicago IL 60611

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Education and Certification

PhD: University of Illinois - Urbana, Counseling Psychology (2010)


Description of Interests

Michelle Birkett, Ph.D., is faculty in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, and a Research Scientist within the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program. Dr. Birkett’s research uses network and quantitative methodologies to understand the social contextual influence of prejudice on adolescent health and well-being, and in particular, the health of LGBT adolescents. Currently Dr. Birkett has a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Health focused on understanding network, multilevel, and contextual influences on racial disparities in HIV within YMSM (K08 DA037825). Additionally, she has served as an investigator on multiple studies, including PI on a NIDA R03 (R03DA033906) that created and analyzed a macronetwork dataset of YMSM. And she is currently serving as a Co-Investigator on a NIDA U01 (U01DA036939) on which she is the co-lead, along with Dr. Noshir Contractor, of the Network Science Data Core. This project is collecting the longitudinal observations of the sexual, drug, and support networks of over 1200 YMSM. Finally, Dr. Birkett collaborates on a variety of other research projects related to LGBT adolescents, multilevel modeling, and network and contextual drivers of health disparities in vulnerable populations.

Interests (Keywords)

Adolescent health; Big Data; HIV Infection; Health Disparities; Network Science; Psychology; Social science; Systems Science

Research and Publications

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