Megan L. Kavanaugh
Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, joined the Guttmacher Institute in 2008 as a Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Abortion and Reproductive Health. She became a Senior Research Scientist in January 2010. Dr. Kavanaugh’s research portfolio has focused on unintended pregnancy, contraceptive use and abortion-related issues. Her most recent research includes studies of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), postabortion contraceptive counseling and provision, emergency contraception, pregnancy intentions and community-level stigma toward abortion and motherhood among HIV-positive women. In 2006, Dr. Kavanaugh was awarded the Gary Stewart Scholarship for Research in Public Health from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. She earned DrPH and MPH degrees, with specializations in behavioral and community health, at the Graduate School of Public Health and a master’s certificate in women’s studies, all from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a BS in bioengineering from Cornell University. Dr. Kavanaugh is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, the Population Association of America and the Society of Family Planning.