My primary academic appointment is as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, with a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I am also an Affiliated Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health where I lead a national and global portfolio of transgender health research. Trained as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, my research focuses on:(1) health disparities and inequities in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) populations, with specialization in transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming health; (2) epidemiology of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including development and design of biobehavioral interventions in traditionally underserved populations; and (3) psychiatric epidemiology of mental health and substance use risks and resiliencies across adolescence and young adulthood. I use a participatory population perspective to work “with” not “on” communities in research and evaluation, education and training, and policy and advocacy efforts.
Bridging science and policy decision-making.