Brittney Butler

Brittney Butler, PhD, MPH

FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow

Dr. Brittney N. Butler (she/her) is a social epidemiologist whose primary research seeks document and combat anti-Black racism as a fundamental cause of racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality for Black women. Dr. Butler holds a dual academic appointment as an FXB Health and Human Rights Fellow & David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is the current president of the…

Tori Cowger

Tori Cowger, MPH

FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow

Tori Cowger is an FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow. She is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on understanding and eliminating health inequities. Specifically, she is interested in social and structural determinants of infectious diseases and substance use related harms, health impacts of racism in the criminal legal system, geospatial methods, and social networks. Her current work blends public health research, practice, and advocacy dedicated to eliminating the unnecessary,…

Vasileia Digidiki, MSc, PhD

Instructor

Vasileia Digidiki, PhD is a Harvard Instructor and a Health and Human Rights Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. She is a Forensic and Social Psychologist and leads the FXB Center’s research agenda on migration. She holds a PhD in Clinical and Social Psychology and two master’s degrees in Forensic and Social Psychology. Since 2014, Dr. Digidiki has studied child protection amidst humanitarian…

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Caleb Dresser, MD

Fellow

Caleb Dresser is the 2019-2021 Climate and Human Health Fellow at Harvard FXB,  The fellowship is part of the Living Closer Foundation Consortium on Climate Science and Health Policy through the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Caleb is studying the impact of extreme weather events on vulnerable communities in Boston, with a particular focus on those with electricity-dependent medical needs. Through the course of his…

Justin Feldman, ScD

Research Associate

Justin Feldman is a social epidemiologist who researches racism and health, with emphases on economic inequality and police violence. He completed a ScD in social and behavioral sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2018, and worked as an assistant professor of epidemiology at the NYU School of Medicine.

Jourdyn Lawrence

Jourdyn Lawrence, PhD

FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow

Jourdyn Lawrence is a social epidemiologist and Health and Human Rights Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard. Her work primarily aims to address racism as a cause of racial health inequities in the United States, mainly focusing on chronic health and aging-related outcomes. Jourdyn’s doctoral research examined measurement and methodological approaches in assessing how discrimination becomes embodied to affect blood pressure and biomarker outcomes.…

Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH

Senior Research Fellow

Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, is a senior fellow at the Harvard FXB Center and Professor of the Practice at Harvard School of Public Health. As associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She served as the director of the Harvard FXB Center from January 1, 2010 until September 1, 2018. Prior to her…

Keletso Makofane

Keletso Makofane, PhD

FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow

Keletso Makofane, PhD is an FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow. He is a public health researcher and activist who works in the global HIV response with a focus on sexual minority men in east and southern Africa. He is a member of the governing council for the International Aids Society, and sits on the board of LVCT Health, a leading HIV service organization in Kenya. He also sits on…

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Marie Plaisime, PhD, MPH

FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow

Dr. Marie Plaisime is an FXB Health and Human Rights Fellow and National Science Foundation (NSF) post-doctoral fellow. Her research investigates racial bias training in medical education and clinical practice, race-based medicine, algorithmic bias, and health policy. She applies critical quantitative, computational, & mixed methodologies to detect, examine, and quantify how structural racism in medicine jeopardizes healthcare delivery, access, and quality. She completed her PhD in Medical Sociology at Howard…

Margaret Sullivan, FNP-BC, DrPH

Margaret Sullivan, FNP-BC, DrPH

Research Fellow

Margaret (Maggie) Sullivan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. In 2019, she graduated with a Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH program) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with an interest in serving immigrant patients and their families. Her dissertation research focused on improving healthcare delivery to immigrant patients…