Aparna Sundaram joined the Guttmacher Institute in 2008 as a Senior Research Scientist. She received her PhD in sociology, specializing in demography, from the University of Maryland, where she was also a Hewlett Fellow in demography. Since joining Guttmacher, Dr. Sundaram has worked on estimating the costs and benefits of expanding contraceptive use in Uganda, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. She and her colleagues at the Institute have also analyzed primary data to examine the economic costs of unsafe abortions to households and the health system in Uganda. Dr. Sundaram has also researched disparities in access to safe abortion services in Ghana and examined the knowledge, attitudes and practices of abortion service providers. She is currently working on estimating abortion incidence in India and Nepal, and is estimating contraceptive failure rates in the United States, using data from the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth.