Ulrike Boehmer

Ulrike Boehmer, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Ulrike Boehmer is an Associate Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Boehmer received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Boston College and graduate degrees in Political Science and History from Technische Hochschule in Germany.

Dr. Boehmer’s research interests are in the areas of health disparities, women’s health, LGBT health, and cancer prevention and control. For the past several years, she received funding from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and other funding agencies to investigate differences in quality of life, cancer prevalence, cancer mortality, and health-related decision-making, while examining disparities due to sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. One primary research area focuses on overcoming the absence of sexual orientation data in the context of population surveillance by applying novel methodologies. Her ongoing research program focuses on expanding the available data on health disparities in sexual minorities and working towards intervention to reduce the disease burden.

Dr. Boehmer is recognized as a leader in LGBT health, especially in the context of cancer. Recently she edited a book entitled, Cancer and the LGBT Community: Unique perspectives from Risk to Survivorship, which is the first book ever written on cancer in LGBT communities. Since 2014, she has been appointed as a voting member to the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women for a 2-year term.

Other Positions

  • Member, BU-BMC Cancer Center - Boston University


  • Boston College, PhD Field of Study: Sociology
  • Boston College, MA Field of Study: Sociology



  • Published on 6/14/2024

    Burnett C, Boehmer U, Jesdale BM. Perceptions of patient-provider communications with healthcare providers among sexual and gender minority individuals in the United States. Patient Educ Couns. 2024 Jun 14; 127:108347. PMID: 38968873.

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  • Published on 5/11/2024

    Huang AK, Hoatson T, Chakraborty P, McKetta S, Soled KRS, Reynolds CA, Boehmer U, Miranda AR, Streed CG, Maingi S, Haneuse S, Young JG, Kang JH, Austin SB, Eliassen AH, Charlton BM. Disparities in cancer incidence by sexual orientation. Cancer. 2024 May 11. PMID: 38733613.

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  • Published on 3/19/2024

    Arthur EK, Ridgway-Limle EA, Krok-Schoen JL, Boehmer U, Battle-Fisher M, Lee CN. Scoping review of experiences of sexual minority women treated for breast cancer. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2024 Mar 19; 1-24. PMID: 38501984.

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  • Published on 10/9/2023

    Boehmer U, Chang S, Sanchez NF, Jesdale BM, Schabath MB. Cancer survivors' health behaviors and outcomes: a population-based study of sexual and gender minorities. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2023 Oct 09; 115(10):1164-1170. PMID: 37421397.

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  • Published on 2/25/2023

    Clark MA, Behl-Chadha B, Winter M, Ozonoff A, Boehmer U. Recruitment of sexual minority and heterosexual colorectal cancer survivors through US cancer registries. J Cancer Surviv. 2024 Jun; 18(3):983-995. PMID: 36840834.

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  • Published on 11/18/2022

    Kano M, Tamí-Maury I, Pratt-Chapman ML, Chang S, Kosich M, Quinn GP, Poteat T, Kanetsky PA, Elk R, Boehmer U, Sanchez J, Kamen C, Sanchez NF. Piloting the Sexual and Gender Minority Cancer Curricular Advances for Research and Education (SGM Cancer CARE) Workshop: Research Training in the Service of SGM Cancer Health Equity. J Cancer Educ. 2023 Jun; 38(3):1066-1076. PMID: 36399283.

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  • Published on 9/8/2022

    Boehmer U, Clark MA, Winter M, Berklein F, Ozonoff A. Sexual minority-specific experiences of colorectal cancer survivors. Health Psychol. 2022 Nov; 41(11):884-892. PMID: 36074595.

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  • Published on 10/26/2021

    Boehmer U, Ozonoff A, Winter M, Berklein F, Potter J, Ceballos RM, Clark MA. Anxiety and depression in colorectal cancer survivors: Are there differences by sexual orientation? Psychooncology. 2022 03; 31(3):521-531. PMID: 34672050.

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  • Published on 9/9/2021

    Boehmer U, Jesdale BM, Streed CG, Agénor M. Intersectionality and cancer survivorship: Sexual orientation and racial/ethnic differences in physical and mental health outcomes among female and male cancer survivors. Cancer. 2022 01 15; 128(2):284-291. PMID: 34499367.

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  • Published on 7/8/2021

    Boehmer U, Ozonoff A, Winter M, Berklein F, Potter J, Hartshorn KL, Ward KC, Ceballos RM, Clark MA. Health-related quality of life among colorectal cancer survivors of diverse sexual orientations. Cancer. 2021 10 15; 127(20):3847-3855. PMID: 34237147.

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