Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Megan Kavanaugh, Senior Research Scientist

Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, joined the Guttmacher Institute in 2008 as a Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Abortion and Reproductive Health. She became a Senior Research Scientist in January 2010. Dr. Kavanaugh’s research portfolio has focused on unintended pregnancy, contraceptive use and abortion-related issues. Her most recent research includes studies of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), postabortion contraceptive counseling and provision, emergency contraception, pregnancy intentions and community-level stigma toward abortion and motherhood among HIV-positive women. In 2006, Dr. Kavanaugh was awarded the Gary Stewart Scholarship for Research in Public Health from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. She earned DrPH and MPH degrees, with specializations in behavioral and community health, at the Graduate School of Public Health and a master’s certificate in women’s studies, all from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a BS in bioengineering from Cornell University. Dr. Kavanaugh is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, the Population Association of America and the Society of Family Planning.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent publications include:

Kavanaugh ML, Jerman J and Finer LB, Changes in use of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods among United States women, 2009-2012, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2015, 126(5):917-927.

Bearak JM et al., Changes in out-of-pocket costs for hormonal IUDs after implementation of the Affordable Care Act: an analysis of insurance benefit inquiries, Contraception, 2015,

Bessett D et al., Does state-level context matter for individuals' knowledge about abortion, legality and health? Challenging the ‘red states v. blue states’ hypothesis, Culture, Health & Sexuality, 2015, 17(6):733-746.

Moore AM et al., Bucking social norms: Examining anomalous fertility aspirations in the face of HIV in Lusaka, Zambia, Social Science and Medicine, 2014, 119:88-97.

Kavanaugh ML and Anderson RM, Contraception and Beyond: The Health Benefits of Services Provided at Family Planning Centers, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2013.

Kavanaugh ML et al., Connecting knowledge about abortion and sexual and reproductive health to belief about abortion restrictions: findings from an online survey, Women's Health Issues, 2013, 23(4): e239-e247.

Sonfield A et al., The Social and Economic Benefits of Women’s Ability to Determine Whether and When to Have Children, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2013.

Kavanaugh ML et al., Long-acting reversible contraception for adolescents and young adults: patient and provider perspectives, Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 2013, 26(2): 86-95.

Kavanaugh ML et al., Meeting the contraceptive needs of teens and young adults: youth-friendly and long-acting reversible contraceptive services in U.S. family planning facilities, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2012, 52(3): 284-292.

Kavanaugh ML et al., Community attitudes towards childbearing and abortion among HIV-positive women in Nigeria and Zambia, Culture, Health & Sexuality, 2013, 15(2): 160-174.

Finer LB, Jerman J and Kavanaugh ML, Changes in use of long-acting contraceptive methods in the United States, 2007–2009, Fertility and Sterility, 2012, 98(4): 893-897.

Kavanaugh ML, Lindberg LD and Frost JJ, Factors influencing partners' involvement in women's contraceptive services, Contraception, 2012, 85(1):83-90.

Kavanaugh ML et al., Characteristics of women in the United States who use long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2011, 117(6):1349-1357.

Jones RK and Kavanaugh ML, Changes in abortion rates between 2000 and 2008 and lifetime incidence of abortion, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2011, 117(6):1358-1366.

Norris A et al., Abortion stigma: a reconceptualization of constituents, causes, and consequences, Women's Health Issues, 2011, 21(3):S49-S54.

Kavanaugh ML, Jones RK and Finer LB, Perceived and insurance-related barriers to the provision of contraceptive services in U.S. abortion care settings, Women's Health Issues, 2011, 21(3):S26-S31.

Kavanaugh ML, Carlin EE and Jones RK, Patients’ attitudes and experiences related to receiving contraception during abortion care, Contraception, 2011, 84(6):585-593.

Kavanaugh ML, Williams SL and Schwarz EB, Emergency contraception use and counseling after changes in United States prescription status, Fertility and Sterility, 2011, 98(8):2578-2581.

Kavanaugh ML, Jones RK and Finer LB, How commonly do U.S. abortion clinics offer contraceptive services?, Contraception, 2010, 82(4):331-336.

Kavanaugh ML and Schwarz EB, Prospective assessment of pregnancy intentions using a single vs. multi-item measure, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2009, 41(4):238–243.

Schwarz EB et al., Interest in intrauterine contraception among seekers of emergency contraception and pregnancy testing, Obstetrics & Gynecology , 2009,113(4):833–839.

Kavanaugh ML, Saladino RA and Gold MA, Emergency contraception services for adolescents: a national survey of children’s hospital emergency department directors, Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 2009, 22(2):111–119.

Kavanaugh ML and Schwarz EB, Counseling about and use of emergency contraception in the United States, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health , 2008, 40(2):81–86.


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