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Madina Agénor

Research Fellow

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge Building, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-582-7463

Other Affiliations

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


ScD (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Harvard School of Public Health, 2013

MPH (Sociomedical Sciences), Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2008

AB (magna cum laude with Honors in Community Health and Gender Studies), Brown University, 2005

Wellesley College, 2001-2003

Research Interests

  • Social inequalities in women’s health and health care
  • Social and policy determinants of sexual and reproductive health
  • Cancer screening and prevention among marginalized groups
  • Mixed (quantitative and qualitative) methods research


Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Harvard School of Public and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Educational Program in Cancer Prevention. Her research interests primarily pertain to the health and health care of socially and economically marginalized groups of women in historical and policy context. In particular, Dr. Agénor uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate the social determinants of and social inequalities in U.S. women’s access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention services. Her mixed-methods dissertation assessed cervical cancer screening  disparities among U.S. women by sexual orientation and race/ethnicity, in relation to socioeconomic and health care factors. Dr. Agénor’s other research experience includes qualitative studies of welfare reform family cap policies and poor U.S. women’s reproductive health and rights (with Dr. Diana Romero), HIV prevention among U.S. women of color with severe mental illness (with Dr. Pamela Collins), and access to contraception among young adult women in the context of Massachusetts health care reform (with Ibis Reproductive Health). Her current research focuses on sexual orientation disparities in human papillomavirus (HPV) prevention among U.S. adolescents and young adults, in relation to gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic position. As a doctoral student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Agénor studied the social determinants of health and completed the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Women, Gender, and Health. Born in Martinique, she has lived in England and Haiti and grew up in Washington, DC and Maryland.