Dr. Austin was a panelist for the Forum’s discussions on Eating Disorders, Mental Health, and Body Image and Supplements and Health.
Dr. Austin is an award-winning researcher, teacher, and mentor. She is Director of Fellowship Research Training in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Director of the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders: A Public Health Incubator (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/striped/) and Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression working group (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/sogie/) at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.
She is a social epidemiologist and behavioral scientist, and a unifying goal of her academic career has been to advance innovations in transdisciplinary science applied to eating disorders prevention and the study of health inequities adversely affecting sexual minority and transgender youth. Across her research and teaching initiatives, her aim is to offer the kinds of mentorship and opportunities that will help the next generation of talented junior scientists excel in their pursuit of health equity for all.