Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
 

Susheela Singh, Vice President for Research

Dr. Singh directs and oversees the implementation and management of Guttmacher's research projects and activities. She has been at the Institute since 1985. She earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977 and worked until 1984 at the World Fertility Survey. During her career as a social scientist, she has written and co-authored numerous journal articles, monographs and other publications regarding a wide variety of sexual and reproductive health issues affecting the U.S. and other developed and developing countries.

Her current areas of international research include the costs and benefits of providing reproductive health services, the economic costs of unsafe abortion, unplanned pregnancy and abortion, prevention of HIV among youth in Sub Saharan Africa, adolescent sexual and reproductive behavior in Central America, and unmet need for contraception in developing countries. Dr. Singh’s recent published work includes monographs on adolescent risk behavior in Sub Saharan Africa, adolescent sexual health in Central America, the costs and benefits of providing sexual and reproductive health services, men’s sexual and reproductive health needs; and journal articles on adolescent sexual health in Sub-Saharan Africa, the need for sex education in developing countries, the incidence of induced abortion worldwide, as well as country-specific studies on abortion incidence in Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Uganda and Guatemala. Domestically, Dr. Singh currently guides projects which examine abortion, contraceptive use and effectiveness, access to family planning services, teen pregnancy and childbearing and the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent men.

Her recent published work on domestic issues includes articles on contraceptive failure rates, discontinuation of contraceptive use, the sexual behavior of single adult women in the US, factors affecting contraceptive use in the United States, and the contribution of changes in contraception and sexual behavior to trends in adolescent pregnancy in the US. In addition, she participates in activities of many professional organizations in the field, including the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization.

Read more about Dr. Singh in this May 2013 profile by The Lancet.

Recent Publications Include:

Vlassoff M et al., The health system cost of post-abortion care in Uganda, Health Policy and Planning, 2014, 29(1): 56-66.

Sundaram A et al., Documenting the individual- and household-level cost of unsafe abortion in Uganda, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2013, 39(4): 174-184.

Juárez F et al., Embarazo no planeado y aborto inducido en México: causas y consequencias, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2013.

Sathar Z et al., Postabortion Care in Pakistan, In Brief, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2013, No. 4.

Darroch JE and Singh S, Adding it Up: The Need for and Cost of Maternal and Newborn Care—Estimates for 2012, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2013.

Darroch JE and Singh S, Trends in contraceptive need and use in developing countries in 2003, 2008, and 2012: an analysis of national surveys, The Lancet, 2013, 381(9879): 1756-1762.

Anderson R, et al., Demystifying Data: A Guide to Using Evidence to Improve Young People’s Sexual Health and Rights, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2013.

Basinga P et al., Grossesse non désirée et avortement provoqué au Rwanda, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2012.

Basinga P et al., Unintended Pregnancy and Induced Abortion in Rwanda: Causes and Consequences, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2012.

Sundaram A et al., Factors associated with abortion-seeking and obtaining a safe abortion in Ghana, Studies in Family Planning, 2012, 43(4): 273-286.

Sedgh G et al., Legal abortion levels and trends by woman's age at termination, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2012, 38(3): 143-153.

Singh S et al., The incidence of menstrual regulation procedures and abortion in Bangladesh, 2010, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2012, 38(3): 122-132.

Vlassoff M et al., The health system cost of postabortion care in Ethiopia, International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 2012, 118(2): S127-S133.

Singh S, Monteiro MFG and Levin J, Trends in hospitalization for abortion-related complications in Brazil, 1992–2009: Why the decline in numbers and severity?, International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 2012, 118(2): S99-S106.

Prada E, Singh S and Villarreal, Health consequences of unsafe abortion in Colombia, 1989–2008, International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 2012, 118(2): S92-S98.

Juárez F and Singh S, Incidence of induced abortion by age and state, Mexico, 2009: new estimates using a modified methodology, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2012, 38(2):58-67.

Singh S and Darroch JE, Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits of Contraceptive Services, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2012.

Basinga P et al., Abortion incidence and postabortion care in Rwanda, Studies in Family Planning, 2012, 43(1):11-20.

Kost K, Finer LB and Singh S, Variation in state unintended pregnancy rates in the United States, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2012, 44(1):57-64.

Sedgh G et al., Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008, The Lancet, 2012, 379(9816):625-632.

Prada E, Biddlecom AE and Singh S, Induced abortion in Colombia: new estimates and change between 1989 and 2008, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2011, 37(3):114-124.

Prada E et al., Embarazo no deseado y aborto inducido en Colombia: causas y consecuencias, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011.

Shellenberg KM et al., Social stigma and disclosure about induced abortion: Results from an exploratory study, Global Public Health, 2011, 6(1):S111-S125.

Tsui AO et al., Managing unplanned pregnancies in five countries: Perspectives on contraception and abortion decisions, Global Public Health, 2011, 6(1):S1-S24.

Sedgh G, et al., Legal abortion worldwide in 2008: levels and recent trends, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2011, 37(2):84-94.

Moore AM, Singh S and Bankole A, Do women and men consider abortion as an alternative to contraception in the United States? An exploratory study, Global Public Health, 2011, 6(1):S25-S37.

Darroch JE and Singh S, Estimating Unintended Pregnancies Averted by Couple-Years of Protection (CYP), memo, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011.

Singh S, Sedgh G and Hussain R, Unintended Pregnancy: Worldwide levels, trends, and outcomes, Studies in Family Planning 2010; 41(4):241–250.

Juárez F et al., Barreras para la Maternidad Segura en México, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2010.

Juárez F et al., Las Necesidades de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva de las Adolescentes en México: Retos y Oportunidades, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2010.

Jones RK, Finer LB and Singh S, Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients, 2008, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2010.

Singh S et al., The estimated incidence of induced abortion in Ethiopia, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2010, 36(1):16–25.

Gebreselassie H et al., Caring for women with abortion complications in Ethiopia: national estimates and future implications, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2010, 36(1):6–15.

Singh S et al., Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2009.

Singh S et al., Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2009.

Singh S et al., Barriers to Safe Motherhood in India, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2009.

Moore AM et al., Adolescent Marriage and Childbearing in India: Current Situation and Recent Trends, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2009.

Vaughan B et al., Discontinuation and resumption of contraceptive use: results from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, Contraception, 2008, 78(4): 271-283.

Henshaw SK et al., Severity and cost of unsafe abortion complications treated in Nigerian hospitals, International Family Planning Perspectives, 2008, 34(1):40–50.

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

Biddlecom AE et al., Protecting the Next Generation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Learning from Adolescents to Prevent HIV and Unintended Pregnancy, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2007.

Gal-Régniez A et al., Protéger La Prochaine Génération au Burkina Faso: Nouvelle Evidence Sur Les Besoins de Santé Sexuelle et Reproductive des Adolescents, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2007.

Sedgh G et al., Induced abortion: rates and trends worldwide, Lancet, 2007, 370(9595):1338–1345.

Sedgh G et al., Legal abortion worldwide: Incidence and recent trends, International Family Planning Perspectives, 2007, 33(3):106-116.

Sedgh G et al., Unmet need for contraception in developing countries: Levels and reasons for not using a method, Occasional Report, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2007, No. 37.

Kost K et al., Estimates of contraceptive failure from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, Contraception, 2008, 77(1): 10-21.

Bankole A et al., Sexual Behavior, knowledge and information sources of very young adolescents in four Sub-Saharan African countries, African Journal of Reproductive Health, 2007, 11(3): 28-43.

Biddlecom A et al., Adolescents' views of and preferences for sexual and reproductive health services in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda, African Journal of Reproductive Health, 2007, 11(3): 99-100.

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.

Sathar Z, Singh S and Fikree FF, Estimating the incidence of abortion in Pakistan, Studies In Family Planning, 2007, 38(1):11-22.

Frost JJ, Singh S and Finer LB, Factors associated with contraceptive use and nonuse, United States, 2004, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2007, 39(2):90-99.

Frost JJ, Singh S and Finer LB, U.S. women's one-year contraceptive use patterns, 2004, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2007, 39(1):48-55.

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.

K Wellings et al., Sexual behaviour in context: a global perspective, The Lancet, 2006, 68(9548): 1706-1728.

Jones RK, Singh S and Finer LB, Repeat abortion in the United States, Occasional Report, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2006, No. 29.

Singh S, Prada E and Kestler E, Induced abortion and unintended pregnancy in Guatemala, International Family Planning Perspectives, 2006, 32(3):136-145.

Singh S et al., The incidence of induced abortion in Uganda, International Family Planning Perspectives, 2005, 31(4):183-191.

Finer LB et al., "Reasons U.S. women have abortions: quantitative and qualitative perspectives," Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2005, 37(3):110-118.

Jones RK, Darroch JE and Singh S, Religious differentials in the sexual and reproductive behaviors of young women in the U.S., Journal of Adolescent Health, 2005, 36(4):279-288.

Vlassoff M et. al., Costs and benefits of providing sexual and reproductive health services: A review, Occasional Report, New York: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2004, No. 11.

Bankole A, Singh S and Woog V, Risk and Protection: Youth and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, New York: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2004.

Singh S, Bankole A and Darroch JE, A, B and C in Uganda: The roles of abstinence, monogamy and condom use in HIV decline, Occasional Report, New York: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2003, No. 9.

Singh S et al., Adding it Up: The Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care, New York: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2003.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), In Their Own Right: Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Men Worldwide, AGI, New York: 2003.

Singh S, Henshaw SK and Berentsen K, Abortion: A worldwide overview, The Sociocultural and Political Aspects of Abortion: Global Perspectives, in Alaka M. Basu, Ed., Praeger Publishers: Westport, CT, 2003:15-48.

Landry DJ et al., Factors associated with the content of sex education in U.S. public secondary schools, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2003, 35(6); 261-269.

Ranjit N et al., Contraceptive failure in the first two years of use: Differences across socioeconomic subgroups, Family Planning Perspectives, 2001, 33(1):19-27.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), In Their Own Right: Addressing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of American Men, AGI, New York: 2002.

Darroch JE, Frost JJ and Singh S, Socioeconomic disadvantage and adolescent women’s sexual and reproductive behavior: The case of five developed countries, Family Planning Perspectives, 2001, 33(6): 251-258.

Darroch JE, Frost JJ and Singh S, Differences in teenage pregnancy rates among five developed countries: The roles of sexual activity and contraceptive use, Family Planning Perspectives, 2001, 33(6): 244-250 & 281,.

Singh S et al., Gender differences in the timing of first intercourse: data from 14 countries, International Family Planning Perspectives, 2000, 26(1): 21-28 and 43.

Singh S et al., Sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents in developed countries, Family Planning Perspectives, 2000, 32(1): 24-32 and 45.

Singh S, Bankole A and Haas T, Reasons why women have induced abortions: Evidence from 27 countries, International Family Planning Perspectives,1998, 24(3):117-127 & 152.








 

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