Dr. Circe J. Gray LeCompte (she/her/hers) has served as editor-in-chief/co-editor-in-chief of HPHR since 2015, and was part of the Journal‘s founding board, as Deputy Editor, in 2014. She also is co-CEO of The Boston Congress of Public Health, which publishes HPHR. In addition to these leadership roles, she also serves as Chief Technology Officer and heads BCPH Studio. She is Executive Producer of Great Health Debates and co-Producer of The Humor Scientist with Matt Kazam. She also is the creator of the forthcoming Public Health History Mysteries.
Dr. Le Compte holds Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees from Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she majored in social and behavioral sciences theory/research methods, and racial and sexual/gender minority health. Her independent research inquiries have focused on the use of novel interventions, such as soap operas and PhotoVoice, to improve the health outcomes of medically-underserved populations. For her doctoral dissertation, she used both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how lived experience frames the conceptualization of health and sexual harm reduction practices of Black/African-American gay and bisexual men and transwomen.
Dr. Le Compte has several decades of communications experience, serving as Director of Communications for the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) from 2004-2011; as Senior Researcher at Impact Marketing + Communications from 2011-12; and as a senior contractor with HealthHIV from 2011-2023. In addition to her work with BCPH, she holds a postdoctoral fellowship with the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute and works as a senior director of Impact Marketing + Communications.