Allegra R Gordon, ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


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 the social and policy environment on substance use and health-related quality of life among three generations of sexual minorities; the links between body image, intimate relationships, and sexual health among transgender and non-binary young adults; and experiences with weight stigma and eating disorders risk factors among sexual and gender minority populations.


  • Published on 12/1/2021

    Agénor M, Murchison GR, Najarro J, Grimshaw A, Cottrill AA, Janiak E, Gordon AR, Charlton BM. Mapping the scientific literature on reproductive health among transgender and gender diverse people: a scoping review. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2021 Dec; 29(1):1886395. PMID: 33625311.

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  • Published on 6/2/2021

    Gordon AR, Fish JN, Kiekens WJ, Lightfoot M, Frost DM, Russell ST. Cigarette Smoking and Minority Stress Across Age Cohorts in a National Sample of Sexual Minorities: Results From the Generations Study. Ann Behav Med. 2021 Jun 02; 55(6):530-542. PMID: 32970788.

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  • Published on 5/1/2021

    Hartman-Munick SM, Silverstein S, Guss CE, Lopez E, Calzo JP, Gordon AR. Eating disorder screening and treatment experiences in transgender and gender diverse young adults. Eat Behav. 2021 Apr; 41:101517. PMID: 33962139.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Duffy ME, Calzo JP, Lopez E, Silverstein S, Joiner TE, Gordon AR. Measurement and construct validity of the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire Short Form in a transgender and gender diverse community sample. Psychol Assess. 2021 May; 33(5):459-463. PMID: 33646808.

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  • Published on 11/25/2020

    Solazzo AL, Tabaac AR, Gordon AR, Rosario M, Austin SB, Charlton BM. The Prospective Association of Internalized Sexual Prejudice during Adolescence with Binge Drinking, Smoking, and Disordered Weight Control Behaviors in Adulthood. Journal of Bisexuality. 2020; 20(4):383-399.

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  • Published on 10/15/2020

    Gordon AR, Austin SB, Schultz J, Guss CE, Calzo JP, Wang ML. Gender Expression, Peer Victimization, and Disordered Weight-Control Behaviors Among U.S. High School Students. J Adolesc Health. 2021 Jun; 68(6):1148-1154. PMID: 33071166.

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  • Published on 10/7/2020

    Nelson KM, Gordon AR, John SA, Stout CD, Macapagal K. "Physical Sex Is Over for Now": Impact of COVID-19 on the Well-Being and Sexual Health of Adolescent Sexual Minority Males in the U.S. J Adolesc Health. 2020 12; 67(6):756-762. PMID: 33039273.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Hartman-Munick SM, Gordon AR, Guss C. Adolescent body image: influencing factors and the clinician's role. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2020 08; 32(4):455-460. PMID: 32487854.

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  • Published on 5/10/2020

    Guss CE, Eiduson R, Khan A, Dumont O, Forman SF, Gordon AR. "It'd Be Great to Have the Options There": A Mixed-Methods Study of Gender Identity Questions on Clinic Forms in a Primary Care Setting. J Adolesc Health. 2020 10; 67(4):590-596. PMID: 32402797.

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  • Published on 3/5/2020

    Katz-Wise SL, Gordon AR, Burke PJ, Jonestrask C, Shrier LA. Healthcare Clinician and Staff Perspectives on Facilitators and Barriers to Ideal Sexual Health Care to High-Risk Depressed Young Women: A Qualitative Study of Diverse Clinic Systems. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2020 Aug; 33(4):363-371. PMID: 32145377.

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