Rachyl Pines, PhD
Rachyl is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation studying patient education for transplantation. Rachyl earned her PhD in Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For the last five years, Rachyl has been researching healthcare communication and relationships. Rachyl’s MA degree focused on young adolescents’ identity negotiation as they translate for their parents as it is associated with the quality of their parent-child relationship. Her PhD focus is improving communication between health professionals and aggressive patients in healthcare settings. In general, Rachyl is passionate about improving care for those who traditionally have experienced health disparities. Her research has been published in journals such as Health Communication, Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology. Rachyl has presented her research findings at conferences in more than 7 countries. In addition to her research work, Rachyl is an adjunct professor in Communication at Santa Barbara City College where she has taught classes like interpersonal communication, family communication, public speaking, and small group communication. .
Madina Agénor, ScD, MPHDr. Madina Agénor is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. She holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Women, Gender, and Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Sociomedical Sciences from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Educational Program in Cancer Prevention, she completed postdoctoral training in social epidemiology, cancer prevention, and LGBTQ health.
In her scholarship, Dr. Agénor uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate and address health inequities, especially social inequalities in sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention by gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and/or socioeconomic position (SEP). Her current research examines how sexual orientation and gender identity, in relation to race/ethnicity and SEP, influence access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention services, including Pap tests, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing. Her past research has investigated how sexual orientation and race/ethnicity simultaneously influence cervical cancer screening among women, sexual orientation disparities in HPV vaccination among women and girls, and cervical cancer prevention among transmasculine individuals (with The Fenway Institute). In addition, to research Dr. Agénor developed and teaches courses on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in the U.S. and globally.