Madina Agénor

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Other Affiliations

Women, Gender, and Health Interdisciplinary Concentration

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Working Group

Research Interests

  • Intersectionality and LGBTQ health and health care
  • Cancer screening and prevention among marginalized groups
  • Social inequalities in women’s and girls’ health and health care
  • Social and policy determinants of sexual and reproductive health
  • Community-engaged research, including community-based participatory research

Education

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Educational 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

Background

Dr. Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH 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 sexual orientation, gender, and/or race/ethnicity.  Her current research uses national probability sample surveys and in-depth interviews to examine how sexual orientation and race/ethnicity singly and jointly influence human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among adolescent and young adult U.S. women and men. 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 help promote mental health and positive body image among girls living in underserved neighborhoods in Boston, MA. Her past research has investigated how sexual orientation and race/ethnicity simultaneously influence cervical cancer screening  among women and explored the barriers to and facilitators of cervical cancer prevention among transmasculine individuals (with The Fenway Institute).

As a Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University in 2014-2016, Dr. Agénor developed and taught two new undergraduate courses on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in the United States and globally, for which she received Certificates of Excellence in Teaching from the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Agénor has lectured widely on sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention inequities at the intersection of gender, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity at Brandeis University, Tufts University, Barnard College, University of Pittsburgh, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, City University of New York, and The Fenway Institute, among others.

Born in Martinique, she has lived in England and Haiti and grew up in Washington, DC and Maryland.

 

Photo Credit: Whitney Waddell