Greer (she/her/hers) is a current third year PhD candidate at Boston University School of Social Work. Her work broadly focuses on the intersection of racial justice, health equity, the built environment, and community engaged research. Her independent research currently focuses on affective urbanism, municipal drug policy, and the use of puppetry in social work research and practice. The first project seeks to understand how racialized policies and practices have shaped how urban spaces are designed, and how people’s interaction with these racialized spaces impacts their health, sense of place, and ownership of their community. The second project funded through her National Institutes of Drug Addiction Supplement Award focuses on understanding how municipal policies impact the implementation of evidence-based harm reduction strategies to address the opioid crisis. The third project focuses on exploring how puppetry specifically hand puppetry, can be used in social work research and practice to discuss pressing social matters. In addition to these projects, her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Addiction, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and BU Clinical & Translational Science Institute. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.
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