Gladyne Confident MD

Affiliate Trainee

Gladyne Confident (she/her) is an affiliate trainee at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a fellow in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP, and a trainee in the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Program at CHOP. Prior to starting her fellowship, Dr. Confident received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she served a multi-cultural and underserved population in the New Haven community.

Dr. Confident is passionate about exploring social determinants of health as well as health disparities. This passion for serving underserved populations and advocating for marginalized youth was birthed through her experiences growing up in Brooklyn, New York and continued throughout her medical career. Her primary research interests include exploring culture as a social determinant of health as well as finding ways to bridge health disparities through conversations with youth.

Dr. Confident’s research aims are to examine the experiences of transgender youth in discussing sexual and reproductive health and receiving sexual reproductive health care from their primary care provider through structured interviews with youth, as well as to identify barriers and facilitators to acquiring appropriate sexual and reproductive health care and education in this population. The hope is to use the data obtained to better understand what is needed by transgender youth in conversations with their providers, which can then inform larger-scale changes in the education of primary care providers and subsequently improve the health and education of trans youth.