Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH , Director

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Madina Agénor, ScD, MPH (she/her) is the inaugural Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health 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, she is a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University and adjunct faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The Fenway Institute.

As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Agénor investigates 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 social and policy 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 and girls, transgender and non-binary individuals, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color. Dr. Agénor’s research has been published in leading public health and medical journals, including American Journal of Public HealthSocial Science & MedicineAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Dr. Agénor was Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences 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, magna cum laude with Honors) in Community Health and Gender Studies from Brown University.

Current Lab Members

Sophia Geffen, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant

Sophia Geffen (she/her) is a recent MPH graduate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health interested in the intersection of sexual health and mental health among sexual and gender minority youth. She has over 7 years of domestic and international public health experience in her varied roles as HIV Testing Counselor, Sexual Health Educator, Psychosocial Programs Coordinator, and Project Manager for adolescent HIV prevention research. Sophia believes in and advocates for the importance of anti-oppressive, anti-racist public health research, education, and practice through the Campaign Against Racism and the development of social justice pedagogy.  In the SHARE Lab, she serves as the qualitative data analyst for a focus group study examining sexual health care among transmasculine young adults of color.

Leanne Loo, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Leanne Loo (she/her) is a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in Medical Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has experience examining and addressing sexual and reproductive health issues among people in prison and people living with HIV/AIDS, both domestically and internationally. In the SHARE Lab, Leanne conducts literature reviews and provides assistance with data collection and manuscript preparation.

Gabe Murchison, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant

Gabe Murchison (he/him), MPH is a PhD student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research interests include the health of LGBTQ adolescents and the primary prevention of sexual violence, particularly in K-12 schools. He was previously Senior Research Manager at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, where his role included developing research-based educational materials for family members and youth-serving professionals supporting LGBTQ young people. He also co-led TAGS, HRC’s resource group for transgender and gender-expansive staff. Gabe completed a BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale University, where he worked as a sexual violence prevention peer educator and a graduate assistant at the Alcohol & Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative. In the SHARE Lab, Gabe serves as the quantitative data analyst for a study assessing sexual orientation disparities in HPV vaccination before and after the Affordable Care Act and provides assistance with a focus group study examining the sexual health care experiences of transmasculine young adults of color and a scoping review of reproductive health among trans men and non-binary AFAB individuals.

Ashley Pérez, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant

Ashley Pérez (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 quantitative data analyst for studies examining sexual orientation identity and racial/ethnic disparities in HPV vaccination, cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening, and contraceptive care. 

Natasha Ramanayake, Graduate Research Assistant

Natasha Ramanayake (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University. She is interested in the structural barriers that contribute to disparities in health care across different groups. In particular, her dissertation project is focused on understanding cultural responsiveness among health care leaders. In the SHARE Lab, she serves as the quantitative data analyst for an online survey study examining the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health services use among transmasculine young adults of color.

Emily Unger, Graduate Research Assistant

Emily Unger (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 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.

Lab Alumni

Seblewongel Yigletu, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts BA ’20

Allison McGuirk, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts BA ’19

Jesse Najarro, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Tufts BA ’19