Anny Tazio Fenton
Ph.D. Date: May 2019
Dissertation Title: Sex and the Pediatrician's Office: Using the HPV Vaccine to Explore How Sexuality Shapes Healthcare Experiences and Medical Decision Making
Dissertation Committee: Jason Beckfield (Chair), Alexandra A. Killewald, and Tey Meadow
Research/Teaching Interests: Medical Sociology, Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Families, Inequality, Science & Technology Studies, Culture, Healthcare, Social Policy, Mixed Methods
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation, Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Anny Fenton's research lies at the intersection of medical sociology, sexuality studies, racial and ethnic studies, and patient-provider interactions. Her goal is to understand how stigmatized identities and patient-provider interactions shape healthcare decisions.
Anny uses a variety of methods in her research projects. Using audio-recordings of pediatric visits and ethnographic observations of and interviews with medical staff, her dissertation investigates how attitudes towards adolescent sexuality shape medical staff, parents, and adolescents' interactions and their understanding and adoption of a relatively new medical technology, the HPV vaccine. She leverages quantitative methods to examine whether different communication styles and patient-provider relationships contribute to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in healthcare quality.