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

Online environments and women’s health: Opportunities for supporting health among women across the life course
03/07/2022 - 12/26/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Allegra Gordon, ScD, MPH
Ernst & Young U.S. LLP

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

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. Eisenstadt BE, Murchison GR, Soulliard ZA, Gordon AR. Body Image and High-Risk Weight and Shape Control Behaviors Among Transgender and Nonbinary Young Adults: The Role of Sexual Assault. LGBT Health. 2023 Jul 06. PMID: 37410994
  2. Gordon AR, Egan KA, Wang ML, Ziyadeh NJ, Kenney EL, Rosario M, Austin SB. Weight-based discrimination and disordered eating behaviors in a cohort of U.S. sexual minority young adults. Int J Eat Disord. 2023 Jun 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37345224
  3. Murchison GR, Aguayo-Romero RA, Lett E, Katz-Wise SL, Agénor M, Gordon AR. Transgender/nonbinary young adults' exposure to cissexism-related social stressors: Variation across gender groups. Soc Sci Med. 2023 Jul; 329:116013. PMID: 37315357
  4. Johns MM, Gordon AR, Andrzejewski J, Harper CR, Michaels S, Hansen C, Fordyce E, Dunville R. Differences in Health Care Experiences among Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth by Gender Identity and Race/Ethnicity. Prev Sci. 2023 Aug; 24(6):1128-1141. PMID: 37086334
  5. Katz-Wise SL, Perry NS, Nelson KM, Gordon AR, Ybarra ML. Sexual Fluidity in Identity and Behavior Among Cisgender Youth: Findings from the Longitudinal Growing up with Media Study. J Pediatr. 2023 Jun; 257:113355.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36822509; PMCID: PMC10293031; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.01.020;
  6. 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. 2023 Mar; 72(3):437-443.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36528519; PMCID: PMC10289118; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.10.015;
  7. 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;
  8. O'Flynn JL, Nowicki GP, Laveway K, Gordon AR, Rodgers RF. Toward inclusivity: A systematic review of the conceptualization of sexual minority status and associated eating disorder outcomes across two decades. Int J Eat Disord. 2023 Feb; 56(2):350-365. PMID: 36321787
  9. 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;
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC10137145; DOI: 10.1111/josh.13203;
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