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Avery Everhart

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Email: [email protected]

Dr. Avery R. Everhart is currently a postdoctoral research fellow co-appointed in the School of Information, and the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan working with Dr. Oliver Haimson & Dr. Kristi Gamarel as PIs. She recently graduated with a PhD in Population, Health & Place from the University of Southern California, a novel interdisciplinary program housed in the Spatial Sciences Institute and jointly administered by the Departments of Sociology, and Population & Public Health Sciences. Her dissertation, “Incomplete Data & Insufficient Methods: Lessons from Transgender Health Research” involved 1) the production and evaluation of a national, spatial database of Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy (GAHT) providers in the US, 2) an evaluation of existing data sources and population estimates of the size and demographics of transgender communities in the US and 3) a quantitative, geographic model measuring access to GAHT using Texas as a case study. The first aim has been published in Social Science & Medicine, aim 2 is in revise & resubmit with Spatial Demography, and aim 3 is out for review with Spatial & Spatiotemporal Epidemiology. She has presented on the dissertation work at the American Association of Geographers, Canadian Association of Geographers, and for invited talks at several universities including University of Texas at Austin, University of Connecticut, and Purdue University. Beyond her dissertation research she has further work published in Social Science & Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, and Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies. Dr. Everhart also co-founded the Center for Applied Transgender Studies, an independent non-profit dedicated to research the political, social and cultural conditions of transgender life, and the platinum open-access journal Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies which released its first double issue this year.

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Dissertation title

Incomplete Data & Insufficient Methods: Transgender Population Health Research in the US

Fields of interest

Geographic Information Systems
Medical Geography
Critical Data Studies
Transgender Studies
Health Informatics
Critical GIS
Public Health
Health & Human Rights
Science & Technology Studies


BA, University of North Carolina - Greensboro, 2014
MA, Queen's University, 2016
PhD, University of Southern California, 2022