Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Areas of Expertise
- Social inequalities in women’s and girls’ health and health care
- Cancer screening and prevention among marginalized groups
- Social and policy determinants of sexual and reproductive health
- Gender, sexuality, and population health, including LGBTQ health
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Education Program in Cancer Prevention, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2013-2015
Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences with concentration in Women, Gender, and Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2013
Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 2008
Bachelor of Arts (AB), magna cum laude with Honors in Community Health and Gender Studies, Brown University, 2005
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Candidate, Wellesley College, 2001-2003
Dr. Madina Agénor is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Educational Program in Cancer Prevention, she completed postdoctoral training in social epidemiology, cancer prevention, and LGBTQ health.
In her scholarship, Dr. Agénor uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate and address health inequities, especially social inequalities in sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention by gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and/or socioeconomic position (SEP). Her current research examines how sexual orientation and gender identity, in relation to race/ethnicity and SEP, influence access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention services, including Pap tests, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. Moreover, as a member of the 2015 Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Academy, she is conducting community-based participatory research with Strong Women Strong Girls in order to promote positive body image and mental health among girls of color in Boston, MA. Her past research has investigated how sexual orientation and race/ethnicity simultaneously influence cervical cancer screening among women, sexual orientation disparities in HPV vaccination among women and girls, and cervical cancer prevention among transmasculine individuals (with The Fenway Institute).
As a Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, Dr. Agénor developed and teaches undergraduate courses on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. and globally, for which she was awarded Certificates of Teaching Excellence from the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.
Born in Martinique, she has lived in England and Haiti and grew up in Washington, DC and Maryland.
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