About

Background

Madina HeadshotDr. Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH is the inaugural Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health and Director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab at Tufts University. She also holds secondary appointments in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Tufts Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Agénor is a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University and Adjunct Faculty at The Fenway Institute.

As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Agénor conducts quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research investigating health and health care inequities in relation to various dimensions of social inequality – especially sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and gender identity – using an intersectional and health equity lens.

In particular, her research seeks to elucidate the patient, provider, and policy-level social determinants of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among socially and economically marginalized populations, especially women and girls of color, sexual minority women, transgender and non-binary individuals, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color. The goal of her research is to help inform evidence-based policies, programs, and practices that promote equity in sexual and reproductive health and cancer outcomes.

As an educator, Dr. Agénor has developed and taught undergraduate courses focusing on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in the United States and Global South at Harvard College. She has also taught graduate courses pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and qualitative research methods in public health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Additionally, she has mentored undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the areas of study design, quantitative and qualitative research methods, cancer screening and prevention, LGBTQ health, sexual and reproductive health, and career development.

Dr. Agénor has presented her research findings at national conferences, including the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, and Society of Family Planning Annual Meeting, and in leading public health and medical peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. Additionally, she has been invited to lecture about her research at academic institutions across the country, including Harvard University, Brandeis University, Barnard College, Haverford College, and San Diego State University, among others.

Prior to joining the Tufts University faculty in 2018, Dr. Agénor was Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Lecturer in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, and a Cancer Prevention Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intersectionality and health and health care inequities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health
  • Cancer screening and prevention among marginalized groups
  • Social and policy determinants of sexual and reproductive health inequities

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

Photo credit: Whitney E. Waddell