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Brittany M. Charlton, ScD

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School
Phone: (617) 466-9262

Brittany M. Charlton, ScD

Harvard Medical School


  • Associate Professor, Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
  • Research Associate, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Co-Director, Harvard SOGIE Health Equity Research Collaborative, Harvard Medical School



  • Member, Center Scientific Council

Research Abstract

Dr. Charlton is known as a leading scholar documenting reproductive health and cancer disparities affecting sexual and gender minorities. The second focal area of her research is on contraception use and family planning among people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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  • Miranda AR, Perez-Brumer A, Charlton BM. Latino? Latinx? Latine? A Call for Inclusive Categories in Epidemiologic Research. Am J Epidemiol 2023. PubMed
  • Kempf AM, Burns ZT, Guss CE, Millington K, Pilcher S, Boyle PJ, Charlton BM, Haas-Kogan DA, Liu KX. Clinical outcomes and considerations of gender-affirming care for transgender and gender-diverse pediatric and young adult patients with cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2022. PubMed
  • Zubizarreta D, Beccia AL, Trinh MH, Reynolds CA, Reisner SL, Charlton BM. Human papillomavirus vaccination disparities among U.S. college students: An intersectional Multilevel Analysis of Individual Heterogeneity and Discriminatory Accuracy (MAIHDA). Soc Sci Med 2022; 301:114871. PubMed
  • Tabaac AR, Charlton BM, Tan ASL, Cobb CO, Sutter ME. Differences in Tobacco Product Use by Sexual Orientation and Violence Factors Among US Youth. J Pediatr 2021. PubMed
  • Agénor M, Pérez AE, Tabaac AR, Bond KT, Charlton BM, Bowen DJ, Austin SB. Sexual Orientation Identity Disparities in Mammography Among White, Black, and Latina U.S. Women. LGBT Health 2020. PubMed
  • Solazzo AL, Geller AC, Hay JL, Ziyadeh NJ, Charlton BM, Frazier AL, Austin SB. Indoor Ultraviolet Tanning Among U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults: Results From a Prospective Study of Early Onset and Persistence. J Adolesc Health 2020. PubMed
  • Solazzo AL, Agénor M, Austin SB, Chavarro JE, Charlton BM. Sexual Orientation Differences in Cervical Cancer Prevention among a Cohort of U.S. Women. Womens Health Issues 2020. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Farland LV, Boehmer U, Tamimi RM, Collins LC, VanKim NA, Bertone-Johnson ER, Potter J, Sarda V, Austin SB. Sexual orientation and benign breast disease in a cohort of U.S. women. Cancer Causes Control 2020. PubMed
  • Solazzo AL, Tabaac AR, Agénor M, Austin SB, Charlton BM. Sexual orientation inequalities during provider-patient interactions in provider encouragement of sexual and reproductive health care. Prev Med 2019; 126:105787. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Kahn JA, Sarda V, Katz-Wise SL, Spiegelman D, Missmer SA, Austin SB. Maternal Factors and Sexual Orientation-Related Disparities in Cervical Cancer Prevention. Womens Health Issues 2019. PubMed
  • Gordon AR, Krieger N, Okechukwu CA, Haneuse S, Samnaliev M, Charlton BM, Austin SB. Decrements in health-related quality of life associated with gender nonconformity among U.S. adolescents and young adults. Qual Life Res 2017. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Corliss HL, Spiegelman D, Williams K, Austin SB. Changes in Reported Sexual Orientation Following US States Recognition of Same-Sex Couples. Am J Public Health 2016; 106:2202-2204. PubMed
  • Agénor M, Peitzmeier SM, Gordon AR, Charlton BM, Haneuse S, Potter J, Austin SB. Sexual orientation identity disparities in human papillomavirus vaccination initiation and completion among young adult US women and men. Cancer Causes Control 2016; 27:1187-96. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Giovannucci E, Fuchs CS, Chan AT, Lee JE, Cao Y, Missmer SA, Rosner BA, Hankinson SE, Willett W, Wu K, Michels KB. A prospective study of oral contraceptive use and colorectal adenomas. Cancer Causes Control 2016; 27:749-57. PubMed
  • Rosario M, Li F, Wypij D, Roberts AL, Corliss HL, Charlton BM, Frazier AL, Austin SB. Disparities by Sexual Orientation in Frequent Engagement in Cancer-Related Risk Behaviors: A 12-Year Follow-Up. Am J Public Health 2016; 106:698-706. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Mølgaard-Nielsen D, Svanström H, Wohlfahrt J, Pasternak B, Melbye M. Maternal use of oral contraceptives and risk of birth defects in Denmark: prospective, nationwide cohort study. BMJ 2016; 352:h6712. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Wu K, Zhang X, Giovannucci EL, Fuchs CS, Missmer SA, Rosner B, Hankinson SE, Willett WC, Michels KB. Oral contraceptive use and colorectal cancer in the Nurses' Health Study I and II. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2015. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Corliss HL, Missmer SA, Frazier AL, Rosario M, Kahn JA, Austin SB. Influence of hormonal contraceptive use and health beliefs on sexual orientation disparities in Papanicolaou test use. Am J Public Health 2014; 104:319-25. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Rich-Edwards JW, Colditz GA, Missmer SA, Rosner BA, Hankinson SE, Speizer FE, Michels KB. Oral contraceptive use and mortality after 36 years of follow-up in the Nurses' Health Study: prospective cohort study. BMJ 2014; 349:g6356. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Corliss HL, Missmer SA, Rosario M, Spiegelman D, Austin SB. Sexual orientation differences in teen pregnancy and hormonal contraceptive use: an examination across 2 generations. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013; 209:204.e1-8. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Carwile JL, Michels KB, Feldman S. A cervical abnormality risk prediction model: can we use clinical information to predict which patients with ASCUS/LSIL Pap tests will develop CIN 2/3 or AIS? J Low Genit Tract Dis 2013. PubMed
  • Charlton BM, Corliss HL, Missmer SA, Frazier AL, Rosario M, Kahn JA, Austin SB. Reproductive health screening disparities and sexual orientation in a cohort study of U.S. adolescent and young adult females. J Adolesc Health 2011; 49:505-10. PubMed