Megan E. Gilster, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
PhD Program Director

Megan Gilster CV

Megan E. Gilster is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work and Research Fellow in the Social and Education Policy Research Program in the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. Her research addresses how community and neighborhood conditions matter for the well-being of residents. Her current projects include a community-engaged research project in a nearby community to understand networks among programs, the spatial location of programs, and perceptions of barriers and solutions to community inequality. In another project, she is collaborating with researchers in Public Health and Sociology to examine housing insecurity. They are investigating how local residents and students experience Iowa City’s tight housing market.

Before coming to the University of Iowa, she was a NICHD-funded Postdoctoral Scholar in the Health Disparities Research Scholars Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she researched the link between neighborhoods and disparities in health and mental health.

Teaching Areas

Organization and Community Practice, Research

Research Interests

Neighborhoods; housing; community social organization; community participation; social determinants of mental and physical health; racial disparities in mental and physical health

Work Experience

Non-profit management, community building, program evaluation, research

Research areas
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Health, Mental Health, and Disability
  • Organizations and Communities
Megan Gilster
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2010
M.S.W., University of Michigan, 2003
B.A., Anthropology & Music, Lawrence University, 1999
Contact Information

207 North Hall (NH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States