The SHARE Lab conducts quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research projects pertaining to the structural and social determinants of sexual and reproductive health in relation to sexual orientation and heterosexism, race/ethnicity and racism, and gender identity and cissexism using an intersectional lens.

Studies focus on the role of health information, beliefs, and attitudes; bias, stigma, and discrimination in health care settings; patient-provider interactions, including communication; and health and social policies in shaping access to and utilization of cervical cancer screeninghuman papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and testing, and contraceptive care among lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, Black women, and transgender and gender diverse people.

Current Projects 

  • 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)
  • Multilevel social determinants of sexual health care 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 at Boston Children’s Hospital)

Past Projects 

  • Sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in contraceptive care among U.S. women
  • Scoping review of scientific literature on reproductive health among transgender people 
  • Sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer screening among U.S. women
  • Sexual orientation and racial/ethnic disparities in HIV testing among U.S. women and men (supported by Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University)
  • Reproductive health among transmasculine young adults (funded by Society of Family Planning)
  • Cervical cancer screening among transmasculine individuals (with Drs. Jennifer Potter and Sari Reisner)
  • STI risk and testing among Southern African American sexual minority women (with Dr. Christina Muzny)
  • Sexual orientation, racial/ethnic, and nativity disparities in HPV vaccination (funded in part by American Cancer Society)