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Kirsty A. Clark

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society
Assistant Professor of Public Policy Studies; Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development

Dr. Kirsty A. Clark (she/her/hers) is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health & Society with secondary appointments in Public Policy Studies and Psychology and Human Development. Dr. Clark also serves as an Associate Director of the Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab and as Director of the Clark Lab. Dr. Clark’s program of research focuses on examining mental health disparities, especially suicide, impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) populations and developing evidence-based interventions to disrupt the course of such disparities. Dr. Clark’s training background spans interdisciplinary fields of psychology, public health, and epidemiology, and her research profile reflects this interdisciplinary nature through robust qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods health disparities research projects. Dr. Clark is the PI of a National Institute of Mental Health Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) which aims to use novel real-time assessment methods to capture associations between stigma-related stressors and suicidal ideation among LGBTQ+ adolescents in Tennessee.

Dr. Clark’s first-authored research has been published in high-impact journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Social Science & Medicine, Pediatrics, Annals of Epidemiology, and Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Her research has been reported on by CNN, US News & World Report, Newsweek, and many other national and international outlets. Dr. Clark completed a PhD in Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health at Yale University, and a BA in Psychology at the University of Virginia. Additionally, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Yale LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative.