Dr. McKay's dissertation research focused on the inclusion of sexual minority men in global AIDS policy and the long road to adoption in African countries. You can watch a presentation summarizing some of her findings here.
As part of her research on LGBTQ rights and health in African countries, Dr. McKay has collected nationally representative household survey data in Malawi, coded thousands of UNAIDS Country Progress Reports, and interviewed global health policymakers, country and NGO representatives at the UN and UNAIDS, national government officials, African and international HIV/AIDS organization representatives, and African LGBTQ activists in Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda.
Building on several papers that examine the connections among LGBTQ health, rights, and organizing in African contexts, Dr. McKay's current work in this space details the the ways that the strategies of African LGBTQ organizations and activists intersect with other actors (like international development organizations and mainstream health organizations) in countries where LGTBQ people are criminalized.
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Dr. McKay is the Principal Investigator of the Vanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy Study (VUSNAPS).
Dr. Tara McKay (she/her) is a sociologist and demographer who studies a range of questions related to health, health disparities, and health policy. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University where she is also an Associate Director of the Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had disproportionate effects on LGBTQ people around the globe.
In March 2020, Dr. McKay initiated a rapid response across multiple data collection projects to respond to expected inequalities in the health and economics effects of COVID-19 for LGBTQ people. This work has prioritized community impact and is available as short, accessible research briefs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the social lives of Americans and added additional economic pressures. In a series of new papers with Jonathan Metzl and others, Dr. McKay examines how pandemic measures affected American gun violence and how mental health research on gun violence needs to adapt to the pandemic context.
Dr. McKay provides expert testimony for the court in immigration and asylum cases involving sexual and gender minorities originating from African countries.
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