Nova J. Bradford, MSW

Advocacy & Policy Associate, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)

Nova J. Bradford

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Advocacy & Policy Associate, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)


Nova J. Bradford, MSW works part-time as the Advocacy & Policy Associate for the Program in Human Sexuality and as a Research Assistant for the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health. She assists PHS faculty in various policy efforts on issues including access to gender-affirmative medical care, prevention and treatment for sexuality-transmitted infections, and disparities in sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Nova's research interests lie at the intersection of sexual health, gender, and healthcare systems. She conducts research on sexual and gender identity development, mental health trajectories, and sexual health across the lifespan, as well as applied research on the practice of psychotherapy and sex therapy, inter-professional teamwork, and healthcare delivery. In addition to her work at PHS/NCGSH, Nova works as a psychotherapist at JustUs Health.

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Research Summary/Interests

Victimization experiences of transgender adolescents and young adults in relation to identity development trajectories and mental and sexual health outcomes


Bradford, N.J., Dewitt, J., Decker, J., Berg, D.R., Spencer, K.G., & Ross, M.W. (online first). Sex education and transgender youth: “Trust means material by and for queer and trans people.” Sex Education, online ahead of print June 5, 2018. doi:10.1080/14681811.2018.1478808

Catalpa, J. M., McGuire, J. K., Fish, J. N., Bradford, N. J., Rider, G. N., & Berg, D. R. (under review). Predictive validity of the genderqueer identity scale (GQI): Differences between genderqueer and transgender individuals. [Special Issue]. International Journal of Transgenderism.

Bradford, N. J., Rider, G. N., Catalpa, J., Morrow, Q. J., Berg, D. R., Spencer, K. G., & McGuire, J. (online first). Creating gender: A thematic analysis of genderqueer narratives. [Special Issue]. International Journal of Transgenderism, online ahead of print May 25, 2018. doi:10.1080/15532739.2018.1474516