Dr. Singh directs and oversees the implementation and management of Guttmacher's research projects and activities. She has been at the Institute since 1985. She earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977 and worked until 1984 at the World Fertility Survey. During her career as a social scientist, she has written and co-authored numerous journal articles, monographs and other publications regarding a wide variety of sexual and reproductive health issues affecting the U.S. and other developed and developing countries.
Her current areas of international research include the costs and benefits of providing sexual and reproductive health services, documentation of abortion and unplanned pregnancy and their consequences and adolescent sexual and reproductive behavior and need for information and services. More broadly, her work addresses the sexual and reproductive behaviors and goals of women and men, their need for related services and information, and gaps in meeting these needs with a focus on developing countries. Dr. Singh’s recent published work includes reports on the costs and benefits of contraceptive services and maternal and newborn health care in the developing world and on abortion in Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh; Journal articles on trends in contraceptive use in the developing world, unintended pregnancy worldwide, the incidence of abortion worldwide and in a number of countries including Bangladesh, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Colombia and Mexico, and on the costs of abortion in Rwanda and Uganda; a guide to the use of research evidence to advance adolescents' reproductive health and rights; monographs on unintended pregnancy and abortion in Colombia, Mexico and Rwanda, abortion worldwide, the costs and benefits of providing sexual and reproductive health services, and adolescent sexual health in Sub-Saharan Africa; co-edited special issues of journals (on the consequences of unsafe abortion (International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics) and on adolescents sexual reproductive health (The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science), and a volume on methodologies for estimating the incidence of abortion.
Domestically, Dr. Singh currently provides oversight for projects which examine abortion, contraceptive use and effectiveness, access to family planning services, teen pregnancy and childbearing and the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent men. Her recent published work on domestic issues includes articles on contraceptive failure rates, discontinuation of contraceptive use, the sexual behavior of single adult women in the U.S., factors affecting contraceptive use in the United States, and the contribution of changes in contraception and sexual behavior to trends in adolescent pregnancy in the U.S. In addition, she participates in activities of many professional organizations in the field, including the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization.
Read more about Dr. Singh in this May 2013 profile by The Lancet.