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 (not-2-late.com) 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.