Brittany Michelle Charlton
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Brittany Michelle Charlton

Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology


Other Positions

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Boston Children's Hospital

Harvard Catalyst Presenter

Clinical and Translational Science Center

Harvard Medical School


Dr. Brittany Charlton is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Epidemiology. She is also an Associate Epidemiologist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is the Co-Director of the Harvard Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Health Equity Research Collaborative. Dr. Charlton's epidemiologic research primarily focuses on reproductive health. One area of her work examines the development and prevention of sexual orientation-related disparities with a focus on reproductive health topics such as HPV/cervical cancer, teen pregnancy, and family planning. A second area of her research investigates the health effects of using contraceptives. Previously, Dr. Charlton worked on Capitol Hill as well as for non-profit organizations including NARAL and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She completed a year of national service in AmeriCorps, during which she was based at New York’s LGBT Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Dr. Charlton trained as a predoctoral fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Ob/Gyn Epidemiology Center and was a Visiting Scientist at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark. She completed the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexual Orientation and Health Disparities Research at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Charlton holds a BA from The New School as well as an MSc and ScD from the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.



Contraceptive use varies across sexual orientation groups

A study that looked at contraceptive use across different sexual orientation groups in the U.S. found that lesbian women were less likely than heterosexual women to have ever used any method of contraception. The study also found that…