Belinda Needham is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan.  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.  Using data from the MASALA study, she has authored or coauthored papers on (1) sex steroid hormones and cardiometabolic health and (2) acculturation and symptoms of depression.