The Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research group directed by Dr. Madina Agénor, Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Center for Health Promotion and Health Equity at the Brown University School of Public Health.
The SHARE Lab investigates sexual and reproductive health inequities in relation to multiple, intersecting social positions and power relations – especially sexual orientation and heterosexism, gender and (cis)sexism, and race/ethnicity and racism – using an intersectional lens and a mixed-methods research approach.
SHARE Lab members conduct cutting-edge quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research to elucidate the structural and social determinants of sexual and reproductive health among marginalized populations, especially sexual minority women, transgender and gender diverse young adults, Black women, and Black and other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people of color.
Using national probability sample surveys (i.e., National Survey of Family Growth, National Health Interview Survey), online surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus groups, SHARE Lab members examine how multilevel social and health care factors (e.g., access to health information, patient-provider communication, discrimination, clinical practice guidelines, health and social policies) shape inequities in cervical cancer screening, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, and contraceptive care across and within sexual orientation, racial/ethnic, and gender groups in the U.S.
The SHARE Lab’s ultimate goal is to help inform the development and implementation of research-based policies, programs, and practices that promote access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health care among marginalized groups as well as equity in sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
SHARE Lab projects are led by Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH and conducted in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate research assistants and collaborators at Brown University and other universities across the U.S., including Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, University of California at San Francisco, and Boston University School of Public Health.
Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH, Director
Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH (she/her) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Center for Health Promotion and Health Equity at Brown University School of Public Health. She is also Adjunct Faculty at The Fenway Institute and leads the Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab . As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Agénor investigates the structural and social determinants of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among marginalized populations—especially sexual minority women, transgender and gender diverse young adults, Black women, and Black and other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people of color—using an intersectional lens and a mixed-methods research approach. Dr. Agénor completed postdoctoral research training in cancer prevention equity at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and was Visiting Research Faculty at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University. Prior to joining the Brown University faculty, she was Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society at Tufts University and Assistant Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree (AB) in Community Health and Gender Studies from Brown University.
Tori Davis, Graduate Research Assistant
Tori Davis, BA (she/her) is a MPH student at Brown University School of Public Health.
She received her undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Westmont College. She is interested in examining the impact of anti-Black racism on health outcomes among Black communities. In the SHARE lab, she serves as a research assistant for a qualitative research study that explores how multiple forms of discrimination impact access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health care among racism among Black and Latina women who use drugs.
Neil Mehta, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Neil Mehta (he/him) is an undergraduate student in his sophomore year at Brown University studying Public Health. He is primarily interested in disparities in healthcare access among gender and sexual minorities, health communication, and adolescent health. In the SHARE Lab, Neil is assisting with literature reviews related to structural discrimination and health and quantitative analyses focusing on HIV-related outcomes among transgender and gender diverse U.S. young adults.
Madeline Montgomery, Graduate Research Assistant
Madeline Montgomery, MPH (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences Brown University School of Public Health. She is interested in healthcare access and health communication among LGBTQ+ populations from a minority strengths perspective. Madeline’s dissertation research uses asynchronous online focus groups to characterize health information networks around cervical cancer prevention among LGBTQ+ persons. In the SHARE Lab, Madeline works as a graduate research assistant for a study evaluating the impact of state minimum wage laws on HIV incidence and prevention among U.S. women and men in relation to race/ethnicity. Madeline holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a focus on gender and health from Brown University School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Maddy Noh, Graduate Research Assistant
Madeline “Maddy” Noh (she/her) is graduating in Brown University’s Class of 2022 with a double major in Public Health and Anthropology. She is also pursuing her MPH degree at Brown before attending law school with the goal of advocating for equitable health services access among systematically underserved populations. She is primarily interested in sexual/reproductive health, substance use care, and criminal justice (and their intersections). Her prior experiences in research and service have shaped her commitment toward approaches that are community-engaged and culturally congruent. In the SHARE Lab, Maddy is working on analyzing qualitative data related to how health care providers conceptualize and address social determinants of health in the context of cervical cancer screening among patients with marginalized racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identities.
Neha Narayan, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Neha Narayan (she/her) is an undergraduate student in her sophomore year at Brown University studying Statistics. She is interested in investigating health inequities among racial/ethnic and sexual minorities. After graduating from Brown, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biostatistics. In the SHARE lab, she is assisting with literature reviews, data management and analysis, and manuscript writing and preparation for studies focusing on the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health care among individuals from marginalized racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identity backgrounds.
Simran Singh, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Simran Singh (she/her) is an undergraduate student in her junior year at Brown University studying Health and Human Biology. She is interested in exploring sexual and reproductive health equity for racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities. After graduating from Brown, she plans to pursue a Master of Public Health with a focus on maternal health. In the SHARE Lab, she is assisting with participant recruitment, literature reviews, and survey development for a mixed-methods research study exploring the sexual and reproductive health care experiences of Black sexual minority women in the United States.
Rosie Eiduson, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant
Rosie Eiduson, MPH (she/her) is a medical student at the Larner College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. Rosie is interested in the ways in which health care systems and clinicians can work with communities to improve primary care settings to better meet the needs of diverse LGBTQ youth. She has a particular interest in disparities in the field of infectious diseases, and also loves working with adolescents in particular around sexual health. Rosie completed her Bachelor’s in biology and a Master of Public Health at Boston University. In the SHARE Lab, Rosie is analyzing in-depth interviews with health care providers pertaining to the provision of cervical cancer screening to marginalized racial/ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identity groups.
Ashley Pérez, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant
Ashley Pérez, MPH (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Medical Sociology at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is interested in gender, sexual orientation, and racial/ethnic inequities in sexual health, sexual health care, and cancer prevention. Ashley received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Brown University, where she worked as a research assistant on several studies focused on HIV prevention. In the SHARE Lab, she serves as the lead quantitative data analyst for studies examining sexual orientation identity and racial/ethnic disparities in HPV vaccination, cervical and breast cancer screening, contraceptive care, health insurance and access to health care, and patient-provider interactions.
Emily Unger, PhD, Graduate Research Assistant
Emily Unger, PhD (she/her) is an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her doctoral work in social epidemiology focuses on gender, uncompensated caregiving, and the impact of social policy on caregivers’ health. Prior to beginning graduate studies, she worked as a paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she advocated for low-income elderly and disabled people’s access to health benefits and home care through Medicare and Medicaid. In the SHARE Lab, she is the lead quantitative data analyst for a study examining how state Medicaid expansions affected HPV vaccination and other sexual and reproductive health services use among young women, especially in relation to sexual orientation and race/ethnicity.
Allison Rhodes, BA, Graduate Research Assistant
Allison Rhodes, BA (she/her) is an MD/MPH student at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is interested in investigating health inequities in the LGBTQ population and improving healthcare outcomes for sexual and gender minority youth. She has experience advocating for LGBTQ medical education reform on the AMA Medical Student Section’s Committee on LGBTQ issues and as Chair of the GLMA Health Professionals in Training’s Curricular Reform Committee. In the SHARE Lab, she is leading a qualitative research study examining the HPV vaccination attitudes and experiences of transgender and gender diverse young adults assigned female at birth.
Merrily LeBlanc, BA, Research Assistant
Merrily LeBlanc, BA (she/her) studied Sociology & Psychology at Stony Brook University and is currently a research assistant at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. Her research interests include investigating the impact of bias and discrimination on health and wellness, with a focus on issues specific to the LGBTQ+ community. Merrily has experience working directly with patients and strives to both minimize health inequities and improve the quality of care for structurally marginalized communities in her work. In the SHARE Lab, she serves as a research assistant for a qualitative study that explores the consideration of LGBTQ+ and racial equity in the development and implementation of cervical cancer screening guidelines using in-depth interviews with health care equity leaders.
Tara Ahmadi, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant
Tara Ahmadi, MPH (she/her) is a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine, interested in advocacy, research and medical education. She received her undergraduate degree in chemical biology from UC Berkeley. After working for a few years, she studied public health with a concentration in global health at Tufts University School of Medicine. Tara has been involved in different research projects with a public health focus during her time in medical school. Tara’s research interests are health inequities and medical ethics, reproductive health and rights, and health in LGBTQIA+ and immigrant populations. In the SHARE lab, she is contributing to a qualitative research study examining HPV vaccination attitudes and experiences among transgender and gender diverse young adult assigned female at birth.
Chinelo Njubigbo, BA, Graduate Research Assistant, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Courtney Brown, BA, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Brown University
Cynthia Smith, MS, Research Coordinator, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dougie Zubizaretta, BA, Graduate Research Assistant, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Elle Lett, PhD, MBiostat, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania Pearlman School of Medicine
Amanda Wilhoit, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts University
Florence Almeda, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts University
Raquel Jones, BA, Research Assistant, UMass Boston
Alexis Griffin, MD, Resident Research Assistant, Tufts University School of Medicine
Sophia Geffen, MPH, Qualitative Research Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University
Elissa Perez, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts University
Leanne Loo, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts University
Natasha Ramanayake, MS, PhD, Graduate Research Assistant, Suffolk University
Gabe Murchison, PhD, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Allison McGuirk, BA, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts University
Jesse Najarro, BA, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts University
Research opportunities are available in the SHARE Lab for undergraduate, MPH, MD, and doctoral students at Brown University and other colleges and universities.
Research opportunities may include conducting literature reviews, developing research instruments (e.g., surveys, interview guides), recruiting and enrolling study participants, collecting qualitative or quantitative data, qualitative or quantitative data analysis, writing sections of manuscripts, assisting with manuscript and presentation preparation, and/or leading manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations, as appropriate based on project needs and level of research experience.
Open Position: Senior Research Assistant
Dr. Madina Agénor, Assistant Professor at Brown University School of Public Health, is seeking a Senior Research Assistant (hybrid or remote) to coordinate and manage several research projects related to sexual and reproductive health equity, LGBTQ+ health, and structural racism and health inequities. The Senior Research Assistant will be responsible for preparing IRB submissions, conducting literature reviews, and creating qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments. Additionally, the Senior Research Assistant will engage in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis and contribute to manuscript and presentation preparation. The Senior Research Assistant will also coordinate monthly Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences (SHARE) Lab meetings with graduate and undergraduate students, meet with student Research Assistants on a biweekly basis, and schedule and coordinate other project meetings as needed. Further, this position will include tracking project progress and funding and preparing progress reports.
Job Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in public health, sociology, statistics, anthropology, or other relevant field and 3-5 years of research experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master of Public Health (MPH) preferred but not required.
Job Competencies: Prior experience and/or coursework in quantitative and qualitative research, including data collection and analysis. Knowledge of and familiarity with health equity, sexual and reproductive health, LGBTQ+ health, and/or structural racism and health inequities. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Superior written and oral communication skills. Ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team. Ability to manage and complete multiple projects in a timely manner and to work with students from diverse backgrounds. Open to receiving constructive feedback and able to be innovative and adapt to new situations.
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