Laurin Bixby


Laurin aims to inform policy and prevention efforts that alleviate inequitable access to resources in the social, service, and built environments. Her research centers on how differences in sociopolitical climates affect the health and well-being of children and their families. She asks questions relating to how differential exposures to disadvantage during early childhood and adolescence can perpetuate population health inequities across the life course. For example, she asks, how do sociopolitical factors influence the relationship between childhood disability and parental economic and psychological well-being? Further, how does ableism affect mental health outcomes and social class mobility among disabled adolescents as they transition into adulthood? Through her research, Laurin seeks to illuminate patterns of inequality that can be translated into policy solutions, ultimately promoting justice for disabled people through a Culture of Health.

As a disabled woman with complex health care needs, Laurin has observed how ableism and other systems of inequality perpetuate structural discrimination and health inequities. She seeks to explore how sociopolitical contexts shape population health in order to advocate for social and health policies that affect systemic change.


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