Arjee Restar

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Assistant Professor, Health Systems and Population Health


Postdoctoral Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 2021
PhD Behavioral Science, Social Sciences, Brown University, 2020
MPH Epidemiology, Columbia University, 2016
BS Biology, Philosophy, Pace University, 2013


Box 351619
Department of Epidemiology
Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, 865B


Arjee Restar (she/her) applies epidemiologic methods to behavioral, social, structural, and health services research and policy to address inequities in health outcomes and access, particularly as experienced by communities of transgender and nonbinary people in the US and Asia. She is expanding transgender health as a field by building research environments that produce high-quality evidence that speaks to the myriad of health priorities of transgender and nonbinary communities at-large, along with community stakeholders, scientists, scholars, and trainees who are also paving this field forward. This work includes advocating for institutional policies and practices that dismantle systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity.

Research Interests

Transgender and nonbinary health, health policy; social epidemiology; behavioral, social and structural determinants of health; substance use prevention and care; mental health promotion; HIV/STI prevention and care; behavioral economics; gender affirming care

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Combined Motivational Interviewing and Ecological Momentary Intervention to Reduce Hazardous Alcohol Use Among Sexual Minority Cisgender Men and Transgender Individuals: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial.
(2024 Apr 5)
JMIR Res Protoc 13(): e55166
Lauckner C, Takenaka BP, Sesenu F, Brown JS, Kirklewski SJ, Nicholson E, Haney K, Adatorwovor R, Boyd DT, Fallin-Bennett K, Restar AJ, Kershaw T

Health status of transgender people globally: A systematic review of research on disease burden and correlates.
PLoS One 19(3): e0299373
Scheim AI, Rich AJ, Zubizarreta D, Malik M, Baker KE, Restar AJ, van der Merwe LA, Wang J, Beebe B, Ridgeway K, Baral SD, Poteat T, Reisner SL

The Public Health Crisis State of Transgender Health Care and Policy.
(2024 Feb)
Am J Public Health 114(2): 161-163
Restar AJ, Layland EK, Davis B, Thompson H, Streed C

Drivers of Active Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Use among Transgender Women in Malaysia: A Cross-Sectional Study.
(2023 Nov 16)
Res Sq
JadKarim L, Galka J, Shrestha R, Mazzeo R, Restar A, Gautam K, Azwa I, Wickersham JA

First They Came for Us All: Responding to Anti-Transgender Structural Violence With Collective, Community-Engaged, and Intersectional Health Equity Research and Advocacy.
(2024 Feb)
Health Educ Behav 51(1): 5-9
Thompson HM, Wang TM, Talan AJ, Baker KE, Restar AJ

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