Lawrence Finer joined the Guttmacher Institute in 1998 and served as Director of Domestic Research from 2006 to 2016. As Vice President for Domestic Research, he is responsible for broad oversight of Guttmacher’s research portfolio of projects focused on U.S. sexual and reproductive health. He shares with Susheela Singh responsibility for top-level oversight of strategic planning, project development and management activities in the Research division, and both serve on the Institute’s management team. Dr. Finer’s most widely cited work tracks changes over time in the U.S. unintended pregnancy rate. He has also done work in each of Guttmacher’s primary focus areas, including adolescent reproductive health (primarily on the timing of sexual initiation), abortion (for example, on women’s reasons for obtaining abortions and on abortion provider characteristics), and the delivery of family planning services in the United States. In addition, Dr. Finer is the Director of the National Institutes of Health–funded Guttmacher Center for Population Research Innovation and Dissemination.
Dr. Finer is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a member of the Board of Directors of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and the editorial boards of the journals Demography and Contraception. He has also served on the board of the Society of Family Planning. He came to Guttmacher after working as a social science analyst in the Population Dynamics Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He received an AB in psychology from Harvard and a PhD in population dynamics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.