Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Laura Lindberg, Principal Research Scientist

Laura Duberstein Lindberg joined the Guttmacher Institute in February 2004 as a Principal Research Scientist. Prior to that Dr. Lindberg worked at Abt Associates in Bethesda, MD, and at the Urban Institute's Population Studies Center in Washington, DC. Her main areas of interest include reproductive health needs and behaviors of young men, and adolescent sexual behavior more generally. Additionally, Dr. Lindberg has been involved in numerous projects addressing the determinants and consequences of unintended pregnancy, among both men and women. Dr. Lindberg’s recent research has included analysis of men’s childbearing intentions, unintended pregnancy risk among young adults, as well as continued research on sex education. Dr. Lindberg received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Sociology Department, having specialized in demography. She also had a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, including recent publications in the Journal of Adolescent Health, American Journal of Public Health, Perspectives on Reproductive and Sexual Health, Public Health Reports, and the American Journal of Men’s Health.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent publications include:

Jones RK et al., Using longitudinal data to understand changes in consistent contraceptive use, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2015, 47(3):131-139.

Kost K and Lindberg LD, Pregnancy intentions, maternal behaviors, and infant health: investigating relationships with new measures and propensity score analysis, Demography, 2015, 52(1):83-111. [printer-friendly version]

Lindberg LD et al., Pregnancy intentions and maternal and child health: an analysis of longitudinal data in Oklahoma, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2014, 19(5):1087-1096.

Jones RK, Lindberg LD and Higgins JA, Pull and pray or extra protection? Contraceptive strategies involving withdrawal among US adult women, Contraception, 2014, 90(4): 416-421.

Lindberg LD and Kost K, Exploring U.S. men’s birth intentions, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2014, 18(3): 625-633.

Gemmill A and Lindberg LD, Short Interpregnancy Intervals in the United States, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2013, 122(1): 64-71.

Donaldson AA et al., Receipt of sexual health information from parents, teachers, and healthcare providers by sexually experienced U.S. adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013, 53(2): 235-240.

Frost JJ and Lindberg LD, Reasons for using contraception: perspectives of U.S. women seeking care at specialized family planning clinics, 2013, Contraception, 87(4): 465-472.

Frost JJ, Lindberg LD and Finer LB, Young adults' contraceptive knowledge, norms and attitudes: associations with risk of unintended pregnancy, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2012, 44(2):107-116.

Zolna MR and Lindberg LD, Unintended Pregnancy: Incidence and Outcomes Among Young Adult Unmarried Women in the United States, 2001 and 2008, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2012.

Lindberg LD and Maddow-Zimet I, Consequences of sex education on teen and young adult sexual behaviors and outcomes, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2012, 51(4): 332-338 .

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

Lindberg LD, Unintended pregnancy among women in the US military, Contraception, 2011, 84(3):249-251.

Zolna MR, Lindberg LD and Frost JJ, Couple-Focused Services in Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics: Identifying the Need, 2009, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011.

Landry DJ et al., Review of the role of faith- and community-based organizations in providing comprehensive sexuality education, American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2011, 6(1):75-103.

Lindberg LD and Mark Orr, Neighborhood-level influences on young men's sexual and reproductive health behaviors, American Journal of Public Health, 2011, 101(2):271-274.

Marcell AV et al., Prevalence of STI/HIV counseling services received by teen males, 1995 to 2002, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2010, 46(6):553-559.

Marcell AV and Lindberg LD, Females do not fare much better than males: prevalence of heterosexually active young peoples sexual/reproductive health care receipt, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2010, 46(2) Supplement 1: S23-S24.

Santelli JS et al., Toward a multidimensional measure of pregnancy intentions: evidence from the United States, Studies in Family Planning, 2009, 40(2):87-100.

Santelli JS et al., Changing behavioral risk for pregnancy among high school students in the United States, 1991-2007, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2009, 44(7):25-32.

Lindberg LD, Jones R and Santelli JS, Non-coital sexual activities among adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2008, 43(3):231-238.

Santelli JS et al., Comparability of contraceptive prevalence estimates for women from the 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Public Health Reports, 2008, 123(2):147-154.

Lindberg LD, Sonfield A and Gemmill A, Reassessing adolescent male sexual and reproductive health in the United States: research and recommendations, American Journal of Men's Health, 2008, 2(1):40-56.

Lindberg LD and Singh S, Sexual behavior of single adult American women, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2008, 40(1):27-33.

Santelli JS et al., Explaining recent declines in adolescent pregnancy in the United States: the contribution of abstinence and improved contraceptive use, American Journal of Public Health, 2007, 97(1):150-156.

Lindberg LD, Talk Amongst Yourselves...And Others,, July 12, 2007.

Lindberg LD, Santelli JS and Singh S, Changes in formal sex education: 1995–2002, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(4):182-189.

Lindberg LD et al., Provision of contraceptive and related services by publicly funded family planning clinics, 2003, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(3):139-147.

Lindberg LD et al., The provision and funding of contraceptive services at publicly funded family planning agencies: 1995-2003, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(1):37-45.

Santelli JS et al., Can changes in sexual behaviors among high school students explain the decline in teen birth and pregnancy rates in the 1990s? Journal of Adolescent Health, 2004, 35:80-90.

Burstein NR et al., Guide to data sources on the determinants of marriage and cohabitation, 2003, Bethesda, Maryland: Abt Associates, Inc.

Fein DJ et al., The Determinants of marriage and cohabitation among disadvantaged Americans: research findings and needs, 2003, Bethesda, Maryland: Abt Associates Inc.

Fein DJ et al., Welfare reform and family formation: assessing the effects, 2002, Bethesda, Maryland: Abt Associates Inc.

The Urban Institute, Delivering the full message, Enhancing teen health and well-being, Policy Brief 1, 2002, The Urban Institute: Washington, D.C.

The Urban Institute, Getting doctors to focus on sexual health of young men, Enhancing teen health and well-being, Policy Brief 2, 2002, The Urban Institute: Washington, D.C.

Zweig JM, Phillips S, and Lindberg LD, Predicting adolescent profiles of risk: looking beyond demographics, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2002, 31(4):343-353.

Ku L et al., and Sonenstein FS, Risk behaviors, medical care, and Chlamydial infection among young men in the United States, American Journal of Public Health, 2002, 92(7):1140-1143.

Zweig JM, Lindberg LD, and McGinley KL, Adolescent health risk profiles: The co-occurrence of health risks among females and males, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2001, 30(6):707-728.

Lindberg LD, Ku L, and Sonenstein FL, Adolescents' reports of reproductive health education, 1988 and 1995, Family Planning Perspectives, 2000, 32(5):220 226.

Santelli J et al., Adolescent sexual behavior: estimates and trends from four nationally representative surveys, Family Planning Perspectives, 2000, 32(4):156 165,194.

Bradner C, Ku L, and Lindberg LD, Older, but not wiser: how do men get AIDS/STD information after high school, Family Planning Perspectives , 2000, 32(1):33-38.

Lindberg LD, Ku L, and Sonenstein F, Adolescent males' combined use of condoms with partners' use of female contraceptive methods, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 1999, 2(4).

Ku L et al., Understanding changes in teenage men's sexual activity: 1979 to 1995, Family Planning Perspectives, 1998, 30(6):256-263.


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