Bethany Coston, Ph.D.

Coston Headshot 2017

Assistant Professor
bmcoston@vcu.edu

Bethany M. Coston (known to most as "dr bee") is a queer, bisexual, non-binary, disabled and neurodivergent sociologically-trained activist scholar, who has spent time in the midwest and on the east coast educating, protesting, and participating in research on sexualities and the making of sexual identities, violence, health and wellness and community-based organizing. Their current work is on healing from trauma and promoting resiliency and thriving among LGBTQ+ disabled and neurodiverse folx, with a specific focus on place-making and community-building.

bee was a former pre-doctoral population health fellow with the National LGBT Health Education Center at Fenway Health (2011-2014) and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections scholar (2017-2018). Currently they serve as Program Faculty for VCU's Guided Research Experiences & Applied Training (GREAT) Program (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) R25).

When not in community or teaching, you can find bee streaming reality tv and sci-fi TV shows, enjoying the existential dread that comes along with a walk in nature on a warm winter day, and planning for the everyday revolutions located within vulnerable and accountable intimacies.