Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

John Santelli, Senior Fellow

Dr. John Santelli is the Department Chair and Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, and is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Santelli is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist who joined the Guttmacher Institute in 2002 as a Senior Fellow. Prior to coming to New York, he was the Chief of the Applied Sciences Branch in the Division of Reproductive Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has conducted research on HIV/STD risk behaviors, programs to prevent STD/HIV/unintended pregnancy among adolescents and women, school-based health centers, clinical preventive services, and research ethics. He has been a national leader in insuring that adolescents are appropriately included in health research. Dr. Santelli received his MD from the Buffalo School of Medicine in 1982 and his MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1986. He is a member of the board of directors of the Society for Adolescent Medicine and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and AIDS Education and Prevention.

Recent Publications Include:

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.

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

Santelli JS et al., Explaining recent declines in adolescent pregnancy in the United States: the contributions of abstinence and improved contraceptive use, American Journal of Public Health, 2007; 97(1):1-7.

Santelli JS, Abstinence-only education: politics, science, and ethics, Social Research, 2006, 73 (3): 835- 858.

Santelli JS et al., An exploration of the dimensions of pregnancy intentions among women choosing to terminate pregnancy or to initiate prenatal care in New Orleans, Louisiana, American Journal of Public Health, 2006, 96(11): 2009–2015.

Lindberg LD et al., Changes in formal sex education: 1995 and 2002, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(4):182–189.

Santelli JS et al., Contraceptive Use and Pregnancy Risk Among U.S. High School Students, 1991-2003, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(2):106–111.

Anderson JE, Santelli JS and Morrow B, Trends in adolescent contraceptive use, unprotected and poorly protected sex, 1991–2003, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2006, 38(6): 734–739.

Santelli JS et al., Abstinence and abstinence-only education: a review of US policies and programs, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2006, 38(1):72-81.

Santelli JS et al., Can changes in sexual behaviors among high school students explain the decline in teen pregnancy rates in the 1990s?, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2004, 35(2):80-90.

Santelli JS et al., Initiation of sexual intercourse among middle school adolescents: the influence of psychosocial factors, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2004, 34(3):200-208.

Santelli JS et al., Guidelines for adolescent health research. A position paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2003, 33(5):396-409.

Santelli JS et al., Reproductive health in school-based health centers: findings from the 1998-99 census of school-based health centers, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2003, 32(6):443-451.

Burstein GR et al., Missed opportunities for sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, and pregnancy prevention services during adolescent health supervision visits, Pediatrics, 2003, 111(5):996-1001.

Santelli JS et al., The measurement and meaning of unintended pregnancy, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2003, 35(2):94-101.

Santelli JS et al., Reliability in adolescent reporting of clinician counseling, health care use, and health behaviors, Medical Care, 2002, 40(1):26-37.

Santelli JS et al., The association of sexual behaviors with socioeconomic status, family structure, and race/ethnicity among US adolescents, American Journal of Public Health, 2000, 90(10):1582-1588.


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