Dr. Beech has a unique interdisciplinary background that integrates public health, health disparities, diabetes, obesity prevention and treatment, cancer prevention and control, and pediatric/adolescent health issues. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Dr. Beech holds a B.A. from Temple University, master of public health from Temple University, and a Dr.P.H. in community health from University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral science at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and was 2011-12 fellow in the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women (Drexel University).
Dr. Beech is passionate about research and her areas of scientific inquiry focus on the role of nutritional factors in the primary and secondary prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes, with a particular focus on child health disparities. She has been principal investigator for multiple studies funded by NIH. Two studies of note include a randomized clinical trial translating the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for African American families with 8-10 year old children and the Jackson Heart Kids Study; a pilot epidemiologic cardiovascular and obesity trial including children and grandchildren of JHS members.
Dr. Beech has served as a standing member of the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention (PRDP) study section, chaired several ad hoc study sections for NIH and CDC, and a reviewer of numerous ad hoc study sections for NIH. She is a reviewer for over 20 peer-reviewed journals and is a member of several editorial boards including Ethnicity and Disease, American Journal of Health Promotion, Childhood Obesity; she currently serves as the Editor for the Journal Family and Community Health.