Megan E. Gilster is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Her current teaching includes macro social work practice and research. Her research addresses how place matters for residents–through neighborhood conditions and housing experiences.

She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan in Social Work and Sociology where her research focused on the neighborhood-level processes that impact resident participation and well-being. As a NICHD-funded Postdoctoral Scholar in the Health Disparities Research Scholars Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison she researched the link between neighborhoods and disparities in health and mental health.