S. Bryn Austin, ScD FAED

Children's Hospital

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Children's Hospital
Boston, MA


Dr. S. Bryn Austin, ScD, is an award-winning researcher, teacher, and mentor. She is a Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Academy for Eating Disorders and Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition. She directs the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders: A Public Health Incubator (, based at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital. She is a social epidemiologist and behavioral scientist with a research focus on health disparities, especially those affecting socially marginalized adolescents, and she has received numerous grants funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and foundations to support her research. She leads two primary research programs: One focuses on environmental influences on eating disorders risk and public health approaches to primary and secondary prevention of eating disorders with an emphasis on research-to-policy translation. The second focuses on determinants of sexual orientation and gender identity disparities in a range of health domains, including disordered weight-related behaviors, substance use, bullying victimization, and other health risk indicators. A unifying goal of her academic career has been to advance innovations in transdisciplinary science applied to eating disorders prevention and the study of health inequities adversely affecting sexual minority and transgender youth. Across her research and teaching initiatives, her aim is to offer the kinds of mentorship and opportunities that will help the next generation of talented junior scientists excel in their pursuit of health equity for all.