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Madina Agénor

Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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About Madina

Dr. Agénor investigates the structural and social determinants of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention among marginalized U.S. populations—especially sexual minority cisgender women and girls, transgender and gender diverse young adults, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people of color—using an intersectional lens and mixed-methods research approach.

In the News

"Separate and Unequal," Madina Agénor (with Jessica Arons), Center for American Progress, December 6, 2010.


"Gender Identity Disparities in Pap Test Use in a Sample of Binary and Non-Binary Transmasculine Adults" (with Jaclyn M. White Hughto, Sarah M. Peitzmeier, Jennifer Potter, Madeline B. Deutsch, Dana J. Pardee, and Sari L. Reisner). Journal of General Internal Medicine 33, no. 7 (2018): 1015–1017.

Examines whether cervical cancer screening differs between individuals assigned female at birth who self-identify as men, transgender men, or FTM (i.e. binary) and those who self-identify as another transmasculine gender identity such as neither exclusively male nor female, agender, or genderqueer (i.e. non-binary).

"Sexual Orientation Disparities in the Utilization of Sexual Health Services in a National Probability Sample of U.S. Women" (with Christina Muzny, Vanessa Schick, Erika L. Austin, and Jennifer Potter). Preventive Medicine 95 (2017): 74-81.

Uses multivariable logistic regression to examine the associations between sexual behavior and sexual identity (modeled separately) and sexually transmitted infections testing in the past year, Pap test use in the last three years, lifetime HIV testing, and lifetime human papillomavirus (HPV) testing. 

"Perceptions of Cervical Cancer Risk and Screening among Transmasculine Individuals: Patient and Provider Perspectives" (with Sarah Peitzmeier, Ida Bernstein, and Jennifer Potter). Culture, Health & Sexuality 18, no. 10 (2016): 1192-1206.

Examines transmasculine individuals' and healthcare providers' perceptions of cervical cancer risk and screening among individuals on the transmasculine continuum.

"Sexual Orientation and Sexual and Reproductive Health among African American Sexual Minority Women in the U.S. South" (with S. Bryn Austin, Daniel Kort, Erika L. Austin, and Christina Muzny). Women's Health Issues 26, no. 6 (2016): 612-621.

Finds that several sexual and reproductive health indicators vary in relation to sexual identity and sexual behavior among Southern African American sexual minority women. Interventions that facilitate access to sexual and reproductive health services and are tailored to the unique needs of sexual orientation subgroups of sexual minority women are needed.

"Sexual Orientation Identity Disparities in Awareness and Initiation of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine among U.S. Women and Girls: A National Survey" (with Sarah M. Peitzmeier, Allegra R. Gordon, Sebastien J.P.A. Haneuse, Jennifer E. Potter, and S. Bryn Austin). Annals of Internal Medicine 163, no. 2 (2015): 99-106.

Examines the association between sexual orientation identity and HPV vaccination among U.S. women and girls.