Research

Dr. Agénor’s research focuses on investigating sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention disparities in relation to various dimensions of social inequality – especially sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, and nativity – using an intersectional lens. To accomplish this goal, she conducts secondary analyses of publicly available national surveys as well as community-based quantitative and qualitative research.

In particular, her research seeks to elucidate the social and policy determinants of cervical cancer screening, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk, prevention, and testing, and reproductive health and rights among socially and economically marginalized populations, especially women and girls of color, sexual minority women (SMW), transgender and non-binary individuals, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ) people of color, in order to inform effective interventions that promote population health and health equity.

You can learn more about each of Dr. Agénor’s research areas below.

Cancer Screening & Prevention 

  • Intersecting sexual orientation, racial/ethnic, and nativity disparities in cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening
  • Intersecting sexual orientation, racial/ethnic, and nativity disparities in HPV vaccination
  • Cervical cancer screening among transmasculine individuals (with Drs. Jennifer Potter and Sari Reisner)
  • Policy- and provider-level determinants of sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in HPV vaccination among young U.S. women (funded by National Cancer Institute)

Sexual Health 

  • STI risk and testing among Southern African American SMW (with Dr. Christina Muzny)
  • Intersecting sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in HIV testing among U.S. women and men 
  • Multilevel social determinants of HIV/STI testing among transmasculine young adults of color (funded by National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Body image, romantic relationships, and sexual health among transfeminine and transmasculine young adults (with Dr. Allegra Gordon)

Reproductive Health 

  • Welfare reform family caps and poor women’s and women of color’s reproductive health and rights (with Dr. Diana Romero)
  • Reproductive health among transmasculine young adults (funded by Society of Family Planning)