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2017 Scholars

Allegra R. Gordon, ScD MPH

Allegra Gordon

 

Social epidemiologist and a postdoctoral research fellow in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gordon is a social epidemiologist and a postdoctoral research fellow in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her research interests relate to the mental and physical health impacts of discrimination and the effects of gender norms on the health of young people across sexual orientations and gender identities. Her dissertation research included quantitative studies examining the links between gender expression and health status in a national cohort of U.S. adolescents and a qualitative study of body image and eating disorders risk among young adult transgender women in Boston. She recently received an F32 postdoctoral award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to investigate changes in the social and policy environment as predictors of substance use and health-related quality of life among U.S. sexual minorities. In addition, she is currently conducting a formative research study on positive body image interventions for LGBTQ young people. Dr. Gordon holds a BA in Education from Swarthmore College, an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in Sexuality and Health from Columbia University, and a doctorate in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Health from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.