F. Hunter McGuire (he/him or they/them) is a first-year PhD student in Public Health Sciences at the Brown School.
Psychiatric epidemiology; Eating disorders; Body image; LGBTQ health; Health equity; Adolescent health
Using an intersectional and health equity lens, I study risk and protective factors influencing the development of body image dissatisfaction, weight-related concerns/behaviors, and eating disorders. My research focuses on public health approaches to eating disorder prevention and understanding how diverse groups within the LGBTQ community experience these issues.
Born and raised in Marion, North Carolina, I received a BA in Public Policy (2016) and an MPH in Health Behavior (2020) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For two years, I was a research assistant at the Duke Clinical Research Institute where I worked with the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative on projects related to patient/stakeholder engagement in clinical research and research on the quality and ethical conduct of clinical trials. During my MPH program, I conducted health equity research in a variety of issue areas, including HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer, liver disease, and gender-affirming health care.