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Merrily LeBlanc

Sociology PhD Student

Merrily (she/her) is a second-year Sociology Ph.D. student in the Sociology and Anthropology department. She completed her BA in Sociology & Psychology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York. Following graduation, Merrily worked directly with patients and clients in clinical and mental health spaces. Most recently, she served as the senior research assistant at Fenway Health on a study that aims to analyze multiple forms of discrimination in population health. She also worked in the SHARE Lab (Sexual Health and Reproductive Experiences) at Brown University as a research assistant for a qualitative study that explores the consideration of LGBTQ+ and racial equity in the development and implementation of cervical cancer screening guidelines using in-depth interviews with healthcare equity leaders. Her current work focuses on the influence of stigma and transgender and gender-diverse health. Merrily is interested in centering the experiences of sexual and gender minorities while integrating cross-disciplinary theoretical frameworks in understanding healthcare delivery and utilization, investigating the impact of bias and discrimination on health outcomes, and improving healthcare experiences for multiply marginalized identities.

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Areas of Research/Interest: gender, sexuality, health & illness, and health equity

Faculty Advisor: Phil Brown

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