Graduate Student • Fall 2017 Cohort
Health and Behavioral Sciences

I am a PhD candidate in Health and Behavioral Sciences, as well as an academic advisor and instructor for the undergraduate program in Public Health. My research interests are the structural determinants of health, basic needs security, health in all policies, and community engagement. In my dissertation project, I am examining the mental health impacts of housing insecurity and gentrification on low-income residents in Southwest Denver, using an ethnographic approach. I also collaborate with Drs. Sara Yeatman and Jean Scandlyn on a mixed-methods project to understand how school-based health centers shape teens’ reproductive and educational experiences. I serve on the Colorado Public Health Association's Health Equity Coalition, the Board of Directors of EarthLinks, and work as a pro-bono research consultant for local community-based organizations including Denver Homeless Out Loud, Kids First Health Care, and Boulder Food Rescue. My overall goal is to bring a critical multidisciplinary lens to the field of public health through research and teaching.

MPH, 2017, University of California Berkeley (Health and Social Behavior, specialty area in Multicultural Health)

BA, 2012, George Washington University (International Affairs)

Westbrook, M., Martinez, L., Mechergui, S., Yeatman, S. (2020). The Influence of School-Based Health Center Access on High School Graduation: Evidence from Colorado. The Journal of Adolescent Health, forthcoming.

Westbrook, M., Robinson, T. (2020). Unhealthy by Design: Health and Safety Consequences of the Criminalization of Homelessness. Journal of Social Distress in the Homeless, DOI: 10.1080/10530789.2020.1763573.

Yu, K., Westbrook, M., Brodie, S., Lisker, S., Vittinghoff, E., Hua, V., Russell, M., Sarkar, U. (2020). Gaps in Treatment and Surveillance: Head and Neck Cancer Care in a Safety-Net Hospital. OTO Open 4(1), 1-7.

Lyles C, Handley, M, Ackerman, S, Schillinger, D, Williams, P, Westbrook, M., Gourley, G, Sarkar, U. (2018). Innovative Implementation Studies Conducted in US Safety Net Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review. Journal for Healthcare Quality 34(3): 293-306.

Cherian, R, Westbrook, M., Ramo, D, Sarkar, U. (2018). Representations of Codeine Misuse on Instagram: Content Analysis. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance 4(1), e22.

PBHL 1001: Race, Gender, Class, and Health (instructor)

PBHL 2001: Introduction to Public Health (teaching assistant)

PBHL 3030: Health Policy (teaching assistant)

PBHL 4021: Community Health Assessment (instructor)

Research Fellowship, 2021-22

Outstanding PhD Student Award, 2020-21

Research Fellowship, 2020-21

Teaching Fellowship, 2020-21

Summer Research Award, 2020

Outstanding Student Research Award, 2019-20

Outstanding Student Teaching Award, 2018-19

Fellowship Award, 2018