Research

Overview

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, race/ethnicity, and gender identity – using an intersectional and health equity lens. To accomplish this goal, she conducts secondary analyses of publicly available national surveys as well as primary quantitativequalitative, and mixed-methods research.

In particular, her research seeks to elucidate the patient-, provider-, and policy-level 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. The goal of Dr. Agénor’s research is to help inform evidence-based policies, programs, and practices that promote equity in sexual and reproductive health and cancer outcomes.

You can learn more about each of Dr. Agénor’s research areas and current and past research projects below.

Current Projects 

Cancer Screening & Prevention 

  • 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 

  • 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; funded by Aerosmith Endowment Fund)

Reproductive Health 

  • Intersecting sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in contraceptive care among U.S. women

Past Projects 

  • Intersecting sexual orientation, racial/ethnic, and nativity disparities in cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening
  • Reproductive health among transmasculine young adults (funded by Society of Family Planning)
  • Intersecting sexual orientation, racial/ethnic, and nativity disparities in HPV vaccination
  • Cervical cancer screening among transmasculine individuals (with Drs. Jennifer Potter and Sari Reisner)
  • 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 
  • Intersecting sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in cervical cancer screening among U.S. women
  • Welfare reform family caps and poor women’s and women of color’s reproductive health and rights (with Dr. Diana Romero)