Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

James Trussell, Senior Fellow

James Trussell is Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Faculty Associate of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific publications, primarily in the areas of reproductive health and demographic methodology. His recent research has been focused in three areas: emergency contraception, contraceptive failure, and the cost-effectiveness of contraception. He has actively promoted making emergency contraception more widely available as an important step in helping women reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy; in addition to his research on this topic, he maintains an emergency contraception website ( and designed and launched a toll-free emergency contraception hotline (1-888-NOT-2-LATE).

Dr. Trussell received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Davidson College in 1971, a B.Phil. in economics from Oxford University in 1973, and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1975. He is a senior fellow at the Guttmacher Institute, a member of the National Medical Committee of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and a member of the board of directors of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Society of Family Planning. He is a deputy editor of Contraception.

Recent publications include:

Borrero S et al., Medicaid policy on sterilization—anachronistic or still relevant?, New England Journal of Medicine, 2014, 370(2):102–104.

Trussell J and Portman D, The creeping pearl: why has the rate of contraceptive failure increased in clinical trials of combined hormonal contraceptive pills?, Contraception, 2013, 88(5):604–610.

Cleland K et al., The efficacy of intrauterine devices for emergency contraception: a systematic review of 35 years of experience, Human Reproduction, 2012, 27(7):1994–2000.

Trussell J, Contraceptive efficacy, in: Hatcher RA et al., eds., Contraceptive Technology: Twentieth Revised Edition, New York: Ardent Media, 2011, pp. 779–863.

Cleland K et al., Family planning as a cost-saving preventive health service, New England Journal of Medicine, 2011, 364(18):e37.

Cleland K et al., Ectopic pregnancy and emergency contraceptive pills: a systematic review, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2010, 115(6):1263–1266.

Fjerstad M, Trussell J, Sivin I, Lichtenberg ES, and Cullins V, Rates of serious infection after changes in regimens for medical abortion, New England Journal of Medicine, 2009, 361(2):145–151.

Trussell J et al., Cost effectiveness of contraceptives in the United States, Contraception, 2009, 79(1):5–14.

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.

Trussell J, Guthrie KA and Schwarz EB, Much ado about little: obesity, combined hormonal contraceptive use and venous thrombosis, Contraception, 2008, 77(3):143–146.

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

Hatcher RA et al., eds., Contraceptive Technology: Nineteenth Revised Edition, New York: Ardent Media, 2007.

Raymond EG, Trussell J and Polis CB, Population effect of increased access to emergency contraceptive pills: a systematic review, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2007, 109(1):181–188.

Davidoff F and Trussell J, Plan B and the politics of doubt, JAMA, 2006, 296(14): 1775-1778.

Trussell J and Wynn L, The morning after on the internet: usage of and questions to the Emergency Contraception Website, Contraception, 2005, 72(1):5-13.

Hatcher R et al., Contraceptive Technology: Eighteenth Revised Edition, New York, Ardent Media, 2004.

Trussell J, Contraceptive failure in the United States, Contraception, 2004, 70(2):89-96.

Trussell J et al., The role of emergency contraception, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2004, 190(4):30-38.

Trussell J et al., Estimating the effectiveness of emergency contraceptive pills, Contraception, 2003, 67(4):259-265

Trussell J et al., Extending the time limit for starting the Yuzpe Regimen of emergency contraception to 120 hours, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2003, 101(6):1168-1171.

Trussell J et al., Sterilization failure, sterilization reversal, and pregnancy after sterilization reversal in Quebec, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2003, 101(4):677-684.

Trussell J et al., Clinical breast and pelvic examination requirements for hormonal contraception: current practice vs evidence, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001, 285(17):2232-2239.


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