Kelsea LeBeau

LeBeau, Kelsea

Kelsea LeBeau received her Bachelor of Health Science from UF in 2015. After graduating, she continued her academic career at UF, earning her Master of Public Health in 2017 with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. During her master’s program, she conducted research in Rwanda, Africa, as part of a USAID-funded Feed the Future Livestock System Innovation Laboratory project. The project used a gendered perspective to evaluate the gender and nutrition aspects of the “One Cow per Poor Family” program (or GIRINKA) and to understand how diverse sociocultural factors influence choices related to consumption or sale of Animal Source Food. As a doctoral candidate in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, she holds positions as both a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant. Her current graduate research focuses on online social support among chronically and terminally ill adolescent and young adult palliative care patients utilizing an online gaming platform. She is working on this project in collaboration with the organization Streetlight at UFHealth. Throughout her doctoral program, she has also worked on several research projects that focus on the prevention of human trafficking, under the mentorship of Dr. Kanathy Haney. These projects have involved utilizing multiple perspectives to better understand human trafficking, with the goal of helping trafficking survivors, preventing future trafficking, and advocating for more light to be shed on this public health issue. Her primary research interests include technology, gamification, and social media usage, women’s health, gender, and empowerment, and the prevention of human trafficking, all within a public health perspective. She most enjoys the human aspect of any work or research she does.