(she/her/hers) Bee’s parents immigrated to the United States in the early 1970's from Mexico. She was born and raised in California and identifies as a Mexican- American, cisgender, heterosexual female. She is married and has two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys nature, biking, reading, and photography. Bee is a doctoral student at the University of Central Florida, where she studies Medical Sociology.
Bee completed her undergraduate education at California State University Northridge, where she attained baccalaureate degrees in psychology and child development and a minor in human sexuality. Her master’s degree was completed at the University of Cincinnati in experimental psychology in the research methods and statistics.
Bee is committed to building community while conducting research that can be shared with the public to improve people's living conditions. This commitment guides her scholarly activities. Bee identifies as a transdisciplinary researcher in health equity. She thinks that recognizing who we are and how we got here (and there) helps us understand and shape our work. Her current research focuses on health, health access, and social inequalities in health and the medical profession. Specifically, she uses an intersectional lens to assess the impact of isms (e.g., racism, heterosexism) and the social construction of gender and sexual orientation on health, health outcomes, and the way we practice medicine in the U.S. healthcare system.