Allegra Gordon, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, Columbia University
BS, Swarthmore College

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Allegra Gordon is a social epidemiologist who uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand the mental and physical health impacts of discrimination as well as the effects of gender norms and stereotypes on the health of young people across sexual orientations and gender identities. She earned her doctorate in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in Sexuality and Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in Education and Environmental Studies from Swarthmore College. Current projects examine: the relationship between gender expression and health behaviors among U.S. adolescents; the effects of online environments (particularly social media environments) on substance use and disordered eating behaviors among transgender and gender-diverse young adults; barriers to and facilitators of access to HIV prevention services and sexual health and wellbeing among transgender and gender-diverse young adults; and the harmful effects of weight stigma on the health of sexual and gender minority populations.

Social Media and Substance Use Risk and Resilience Among Gender Minority Emerging Adults
08/01/2021 - 07/31/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

CFAR: Multi-level determinants of PrEP awareness, attitudes, access, and experiences in a national survey of transgender and gender diverse U.S. young adults
04/01/2021 - 03/29/2023 (Subcontract PI)
The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID

Online environments and women’s health: Opportunities for supporting health among women across the life course
03/07/2022 - 03/04/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Allegra Gordon, ScD, MPH
Ernst & Young U.S. LLP

Understanding how youth experience weight stigma and the role of weight-focused intervention programs in U.S. schools
11/01/2019 - 10/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College NIH NCATS

Legal protection from weight discrimination: a potential macro-environmental lever to prevent eating disorders
11/01/2019 - 09/30/2020 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College NIH NCATS

Eating Disorders Prevention for Transgender Young Adults: An Intervention Mapping Approach
11/01/2019 - 08/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College NIH NCATS


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  1. Katz-Wise SL, Ranker LR, Gordon AR, Xuan Z, Nelson K. Sociodemographic Patterns in Retrospective Sexual Orientation Identity and Attraction Change in the Sexual Orientation Fluidity in Youth Study. J Adolesc Health. 2022 Dec 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36528519; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.10.015;
  2. Agénor M, Lett E, Ramanayake N, Zubizarreta D, Murchison GR, Eiduson R, Gordon AR. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Among Transgender Men and Nonbinary Assigned Female at Birth Young Adults in the United States: a National Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 Dec 05. PMID: 36469284; DOI: 10.1007/s40615-022-01467-4;
  3. Katz-Wise SL, Gordon AR, Sharp KJ, Johnson NP, Hart LM. Developing Parenting Guidelines to Support Transgender and Gender Diverse Children's Well-being. Pediatrics. 2022 Sep 01; 150(3). PMID: 36045300; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2021-055347;
  4. Plummer RS, Alter Z, Lee RM, Gordon AR, Cory H, Brion-Meisels G, Reiner J, Topping K, Kenney EL. "It's Not the Stereotypical 80s Movie Bullying": A Qualitative Study on the High School Environment, Body Image, and Weight Stigma. J Sch Health. 2022 Dec; 92(12):1165-1176. PMID: 35702896
  5. Goldhammer H, Grasso C, Katz-Wise SL, Thomson K, Gordon AR, Keuroghlian AS. Pediatric sexual orientation and gender identity data collection in the electronic health record. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2022 Jun 14; 29(7):1303-1309. PMID: 35396995; PMCID: PMC9196694; DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocac048;
  6. Kiekens WJ, Fish JN, Gordon AR, Russell ST. Everyday Discrimination and Alcohol use among Sexual Minority Adults in a U.S. National Probability Sample. Subst Use Misuse. 2022; 57(9):1383-1391. PMID: 35658825
  7. Lett E, Asabor EN, Tran N, Dowshen N, Aysola J, Gordon AR, Agénor M. Sexual Behaviors Associated with HIV Transmission Among Transgender and Gender Diverse Young Adults: The Intersectional Role of Racism and Transphobia. AIDS Behav. 2022 Nov; 26(11):3713-3725. PMID: 35661016
  8. Campbell CK, Hammack PL, Gordon AR, Lightfoot MA. "I Was Always Trying to Figure It Out… on My Own Terms": Structural Barriers, the Internet, and Sexual Identity Development among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer People of Different Generations. J Homosex. 2022 May 23; 1-23. PMID: 35605228; PMCID: PMC9681935; DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2022.2071136;
  9. Romano KA, Lipson SK, Beccia AL, Quatromoni PA, Gordon AR, Murgueitio J. Changes in the prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of eating disorder symptoms from 2013 to 2020 among a large national sample of U.S. young adults: A repeated cross-sectional study. Int J Eat Disord. 2022 Jun; 55(6):776-789.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35338504; PMCID: PMC9204707; DOI: 10.1002/eat.23709;
  10. Agénor M, Geffen SR, Zubizarreta D, Jones R, Giraldo S, McGuirk A, Caballero M, Gordon AR. Experiences of and resistance to multiple discrimination in health care settings among transmasculine people of color. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Mar 21; 22(1):369. PMID: 35307008; PMCID: PMC8935683; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-022-07729-5;
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