Dr. Katz-Wise uses mixed methods to investigate sexual orientation and gender identity development, sexual fluidity, health inequities related to sexual orientation and gender identity in adolescents and young adults, and psychosocial functioning in families with transgender youth. In addition to research, Dr. Katz-Wise is involved with advocacy efforts at BCH and HMS to improve the workplace climate and patient care for LGBTQ+ individuals.


Dr. Sabra L. Katz-Wise, PhD (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She also co-directs the Harvard SOGIE (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression) Health Equity Research Collaborative and she is a Senior Faculty Advisor for the BCH Office of Health Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Katz-Wise is on the Queer Leadership Council for the Boston Children’s Rainbow Alliance and a member of the BCH Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council, and she is also a Faculty Fellow in the HMS Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative.


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  1. Unintended and teen pregnancy experiences of trans masculine people living in the United States. Int J Transgend Health. 2021; 22(1-2):65-76. View abstract
  2. Why Are You Asking? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Assessment in Clinical Care. J Adolesc Health. 2021 Oct 07. View abstract
  3. Family Functioning as a Protective Factor for Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Gender Minority Adolescents. Arch Sex Behav. 2021 Sep 29. View abstract
  4. "We're Moving in the Right Direction. Still a Long Way to Go": Experiences and Perceptions of the Climate for LGBTQ+ Employees at a Pediatric Hospital. J Homosex. 2021 Jun 11; 1-19. View abstract
  5. Longitudinal effects of gender minority stressors on substance use and related risk and protective factors among gender minority adolescents. PLoS One. 2021; 16(6):e0250500. View abstract
  6. Clinical Outcomes Following Acute Residential Psychiatric Treatment in Transgender and Gender Diverse Adolescents. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jun 01; 4(6):e2113637. View abstract
  7. The 2016 United States presidential election's impact on families with transgender adolescents in New England. J Fam Psychol. 2021 May 27. View abstract
  8. Conceptualizing relationships among transgender and gender diverse youth and their caregivers. J Fam Psychol. 2021 Aug; 35(5):595-605. View abstract
  9. Applying systems thinking and human-centered design to development of intervention implementation strategies: An example from adolescent health research. J Public Health Res. 2020 Oct 14; 9(4):1746. View abstract
  10. "This Could Mean Death for My Child": Parent Perspectives on Laws Banning Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2021 06; 68(6):1082-1088. View abstract
  11. Sexual Health Information Sources, Needs, and Preferences of Young Adult Sexual Minority Cisgender Women and Non-Binary Individuals Assigned Female at Birth. Sex Res Social Policy. 2021 Sep; 18(3):775-787. View abstract
  12. Healthcare Clinician and Staff Perspectives on Facilitators and Barriers to Ideal Sexual Health Care to High-Risk Depressed Young Women: A Qualitative Study of Diverse Clinic Systems. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2020 Aug; 33(4):363-371. View abstract
  13. Transgender Adolescents' Experiences in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. J Adolesc Health. 2019 09; 65(3):344-349. View abstract
  14. Teen Pregnancy Experiences of Sexual Minority Women. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2019 Oct; 32(5):499-505. View abstract
  15. Maternal Factors and Sexual Orientation-Related Disparities in Cervical Cancer Prevention. Womens Health Issues. 2019 May - Jun; 29(3):238-244. View abstract
  16. Intimate Relationships and Sexual Behavior in Young Women withDepression. J Adolesc Health. 2018 10; 63(4):429-434. View abstract
  17. Perceived Discrimination, Coping Mechanisms, and Effects on Health in Bisexual and Other Non-Monosexual Adults. Arch Sex Behav. 2019 01; 48(1):159-174. View abstract
  18. Associations Between the Length of Time from Transgender Identity Recognition to Hormone Initiation and Smoking Among Transgender Youth and Young Adults. Transgend Health. 2018; 3(1):82-87. View abstract
  19. Teen Pregnancy Risk Factors Among Young Women of Diverse Sexual Orientations. Pediatrics. 2018 04; 141(4). View abstract
  20. Addressing the dearth of critical gender analysis in public health and medical pedagogy: an interdisciplinary seminar to generate student-created teaching examples. Crit Public Health. 2019; 29(1):18-26. View abstract
  21. Family Functioning and Mental Health of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth in the Trans Teen and Family Narratives Project. J Sex Res. 2018 May -Jun; 55(4-5):582-590. View abstract
  22. The Authors reply. J Adolesc Health. 2017 11; 61(5):663-664. View abstract
  23. Longitudinal Associations of Sexual Fluidity and Health in Transgender Men and Cisgender Women and Men. Psychol Sex Orientat Gend Divers. 2017; 4(4):460-471. View abstract
  24. Bisexual-Specific Minority Stressors, Psychological Distress, and Suicidality in Bisexual Individuals: the Mediating Role of Loneliness. Prev Sci. 2017 08; 18(6):716-725. View abstract
  25. Stigma and Health-Related Quality of Life in Sexual Minorities. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Oct; 53(4):559-566. View abstract
  26. Transactional Pathways of Transgender Identity Development in Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth and Caregivers from the Trans Youth Family Study. Int J Transgend. 2017; 18(3):243-263. View abstract
  27. Associations of Timing of Sexual Orientation Developmental Milestones and Other Sexual Minority Stressors with Internalizing Mental Health Symptoms Among Sexual Minority Young Adults. Arch Sex Behav. 2017 Jul; 46(5):1441-1452. View abstract
  28. Imagining the future: Perspectives among youth and caregivers in the trans youth family study. J Couns Psychol. 2017 Jan; 64(1):26-40. View abstract
  29. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth and Family Acceptance. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2016 12; 63(6):1011-1025. View abstract
  30. Associations of Bisexual-Specific Minority Stress and Health Among Cisgender and Transgender Adults with Bisexual Orientation. J Sex Res. 2017 09; 54(7):899-910. View abstract
  31. Disordered Weight Management Behaviors, Nonprescription Steroid Use, and Weight Perception in Transgender Youth. J Adolesc Health. 2017 01; 60(1):17-22. View abstract
  32. We're Here and We're Queer: Sexual Orientation and Sexual Fluidity Differences Between Bisexual and Queer Women. J Bisex. 2017; 17(1):125-139. View abstract
  33. Self-Reported Changes in Attractions and Social Determinants of Mental Health in Transgender Adults. Arch Sex Behav. 2017 Jul; 46(5):1425-1439. View abstract
  34. Social Epidemiology of Depression and Anxiety by Gender Identity. J Adolesc Health. 2016 08; 59(2):203-8. View abstract
  35. Endorsement and Timing of Sexual Orientation Developmental Milestones Among Sexual Minority Young Adults in the Growing Up Today Study. J Sex Res. 2017 02; 54(2):172-185. View abstract
  36. Sexual Minority Stressors, Internalizing Symptoms, and Unhealthy Eating Behaviors in Sexual Minority Youth. Ann Behav Med. 2015 Dec; 49(6):839-52. View abstract
  37. Transgender and gender nonconforming adolescent care: psychosocial and medical considerations. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2015 Aug; 27(4):421-6. View abstract
  38. Childhood abuse victimization, stress-related eating, and weight status in young women. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Oct; 25(10):760-6.e2. View abstract
  39. Differences in Sexual Orientation Diversity and Sexual Fluidity in Attractions Among Gender Minority Adults in Massachusetts. J Sex Res. 2016; 53(1):74-84. View abstract
  40. Same data, different perspectives: what is at stake? Response to Savin-Williams and Joyner (2014a). Arch Sex Behav. 2015 Jan; 44(1):15-9. View abstract
  41. Factors Associated with Sexual Orientation and Gender Disparities in Chronic Pain Among U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults. Prev Med Rep. 2015; 2:765-772. View abstract
  42. Sexual Fluidity and Related Attitudes and Beliefs Among Young Adults with a Same-Gender Orientation. Arch Sex Behav. 2015 Jul; 44(5):1459-70. View abstract
  43. Child maltreatment and blood pressure in young adulthood. Child Abuse Negl. 2014 Nov; 38(11):1747-54. View abstract
  44. The unjustified doubt of add health studies on the health disparities of non-heterosexual adolescents: comment on Savin-Williams and Joyner (2014). Arch Sex Behav. 2014 Aug; 43(6):1023-6. View abstract
  45. Sexual orientation disparities in BMI among U.S. adolescents and young adults in three race/ethnicity groups. J Obes. 2014; 2014:537242. View abstract
  46. Child abuse as a predictor of gendered sexual orientation disparities in body mass index trajectories among U.S. youth from the Growing Up Today Study. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jun; 54(6):730-8. View abstract
  47. Sexual fluidity in young adult women and men: Associations with sexual orientation and sexual identity development. Psychology and Sexuality. 2014. View abstract
  48. Sexuality and gender: The interplay. In Tolman D, Diamond L, editors. APA handbook of sexuality and psychology, Vol 1: Person-based approaches. 2014; 29-62. View abstract
  49. Individuation or Identification? Self-Objectification and the Mother-Adolescent Relationship. Psychol Women Q. 2013 Sep 01; 37(3). View abstract
  50. Transgender emotional and coping processes: Facilitative and avoidant coping throughout gender transitioning. The Counseling Psychologist. 2013; (41):601-647. View abstract
  51. Victimization experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals: a meta-analysis. J Sex Res. 2012; 49(2-3):142-67. View abstract
  52. Gender-role attitudes and behavior across the transition to parenthood. Dev Psychol. 2010 Jan; 46(1):18-28. View abstract