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Ethan Cicero

Consulting Associate in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing


Ethan Cicero, PhD, RN is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Dr. Cicero completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Biobehavioral Research Training in Symptom Science Program at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. He earned a PhD from the Duke University School of Nursing in 2018 and a BS in Nursing with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. Dr. Cicero’s research centers on the health and well-being of transgender and gender nonbinary communities, with a particular interest in methods used for transgender health.

Dr. Cicero’s program of research is focused on evaluating the interrelationship between social inequities and the effects of adverse and affirming social conditions on the health and well-being of transgender populations, with a particular interest in methods used for transgender health research. His scholarly work, supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has led to national and international attention with media outlets like CBS News, Huffington Post, and Hospitals & Health Networks; served as scientific evidence in multiple U.S. Supreme Court cases; and shaped the position statements of several professional nursing organizations. Dr. Cicero has influenced the incorporation of transgender health-related topics into the curriculum of multiple schools of nursing, and he has presented on the topic at international and national nursing and research conferences.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Consulting Associate in the School of Nursing · 2018 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2018 Ph.D.