Belinda Needham

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health


Belinda Needham is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan.  She received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, from 2006-2008.  Her research focuses on health disparities.  In general, members of socially disadvantaged groups have worse mental and physical health than those who have higher social status.  Belinda’s work seeks to identify, explain, and reduce gender, socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and sexual orientation health disparities.  Her primary research goals are to use novel approaches to assess health disparities across the life course and to identify the social structural, psychological, behavioral, and physiological mechanisms by which social disadvantage leads to health disparities.