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Current Series

Fall 2019


Tuesday, September 24     
Sarah Cowan, PhD & Kiara Douds
Assistant Professor of Sociology, New York University
PhD Candidate in Sociology, New York University

"A Universal Basic Income Increases Birth Rates for Some with Minimal Overall Impact on Newborn Health"



Wednesday, October 23      
Marni Sommer, DrPH, MSN, RN
Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health   

"Addressing Menstruation Globally: Where We Have Been and Where Do We Need to Go?"             



Tuesday, November 12        
Amanda Klasing, JD, MA                         
Acting Co-Director, Women’s Rights Human Rights Watch

Presentation title forthcoming



Wednesday, November 20   
Joseph Cimpian, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics and Education Policy, New York University

"Large-Scale Estimates of LGBQ–Heterosexual Disparities in the Presence of Potentially Mischievous Responders: A Pre-Registered Replication and Comparison of Methods"


Past Series

Spring 2019


Friday, February 8
Jenna Nobles, PhD & Amar Hamoudi, PhD
Professor of Sociology and Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Senior Vice President and Senior Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase

“Learning about early pregnancy loss from mobile device data: challenges and opportunities”



Thursday, April 25
Lynn Roberts, PhD
Assistant Professor and Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations

“My Journey from Research Subject to Scholar Activist and Why It Should Matter to Sexual & Reproductive Health Researchers”


Fall 2018


October 10       

Yana Rodgers, PhD
Professor, Women's & Gender Studies, Rutgers University

“The Global Gag Rule and Women’s Reproductive Health: Rhetoric versus Reality”



November 7  
Rachel Peragallo Urrutia, MD, MSCR and Chelsea Polis, PhD
Assistant Professor, General Obstetrics and Gynecology, UNC at Chapel Hill
Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

“Systematic review on effectiveness of fertility awareness based methods of pregnancy prevention?”



November 28 
Kate Coleman-Minahan, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Colorado

“Adolescents, Abortion, and Attorneys: Judicial Bypass in Texas”



December 5  
Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
Director, Center for International Social Science Research (CISSR)

“Data Collection As Disruption: Insights from a Longitudinal Study of Young Adulthood”


Fall 2017


September 20
Onikepe Owolabi, MBChB, MSc, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

“Developing New Signal Functions to Assess the Capacity of Health Facilities to Clinically Manage Sexual Violence Survivors in Central Province, Zambia”


October 11      
Stan Becker, PhD
Professor, Population Family, and Reproductive Health; and International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

“Couples and  Reproductive Health: what interventions make sense”


November 15 
Mieke Eeckhaut, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware

“Recent trends and patterns in the use of long-acting contraception the United States”


December 13
Athena Tapales, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

“A Primer: The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Immigrants in the United States”

Spring 2017

January 11
Lori Frohwirth, BA, Jenna Jerman, MPH, Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH (Guttmacher Institute)

“Decision weighing, barriers and information deserts: Findings from three analyses of qualitative data from women traveling for abortion care”



February 8          
John Casterline, PhD (Director, Institute for Population Research Ohio State University)
Sarah Garver, MA (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University)

“Do Family Planning Programs Influence Fertility Desires? Evidence from 26 Sub-Saharan African Countries”



March 8              
Nick Sufrinko, BA (Reproductive Health Special Projects & Communications Manager, Maternal & Family Health Services)

“Line My Eyes and Call Me Pretty: Messing Around with Gender Roles (and Theory!) in Young Men’s Health Campaigns and Programs”



April 12              
Ndola Prata, MD, MSc (Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning, Professor in Residence, Maternal and Child Health, Director, Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability, University of California, Global Health Institute)

“Increasing access to family planning services in Rwanda: Opportunities and challenges with FP service integration”



May 10               
Corinne Rocca, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco)

“The ADAPT Study: a longitudinal investigation of pregnancy decision-making, care-seeking, and the effect of unintended pregnancy on women's lives”


Fall 2016

September 14  
Phillip Cohen, PhD (Professor of Sociology, Maryland Population Research Center)

“Racial Health Disparities and Delaying Births as Anti-poverty Policy”


October 19
Veronica Ades, MD, MPH (Director of Global Women’s Health, Director, EMPOWER Clinic for Survivors of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, NYU School of Medicine)

“Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interview Method to Determine Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence In Latina Women”


November 9    
Vladimíra Kantorová, Jin Rou New, Ann Biddlecom, Leontine Alkema (Kantorová: Population Division, United Nations; New: Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, National University of Singapore; Biddlecom: Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute; Alkema: Department of Biostatistics, University of Massachusetts)

“Using uncertainty about family planning trends to set ambitious yet feasible benchmarks for progress”


December 14  
Katherine M. Tumlinson (Postdoctoral scholar, Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill)

“More than a snapshot: Measuring contraceptive behavior over time”

Spring 2016

January 13
Anna Mackay (Deputy Director, Marie Stopes International)

“Strategies to Reach 12 Million New FP Users By 2020: An Update on Results, Impact and Programming from Marie Stopes International”



February 10
Holly Atkinson (Program Director for Human Rights, Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai)

“Humanitarian Emergencies and Adolescent Girls: At Risk, Resilient and Under Engaged”



April 13  
Diana R. Romero and Meredith Manze (Associate Professor and Assistant Professor at Hunter College, CUNY School of Public Health)

“Family Formation and its Measurement: Re-conceptualizing the ‘Pregnancy Intentions’ Framework”


May 12
Kathryn Stewart (Program Manager, Initiative for MPTs)
Chelsea Polis (Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute)
Heather Boonstra (Director of Public Policy, Guttmacher Institute)

“MPTs 101: What are Multipurpose Prevention Technologies?”


Fall 2015  

September 9
Rachel Tulchin (Deputy Director, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, Clinton Foundation)

“No Ceilings: A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality”


October 14
Amy Bleakley (Senior Research Scientist, Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania)

“Teen Media Use and Exposure to Risky Content: Implications for Behavior”


November 11
Kate Strully (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, State University of New York-Albany)

“Social Contexts, Sexual Networks, and Racial-Ethnic Disparities in STDs in the United States”


December 9
Megan Kavanaugh (Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute)

“Not Just Partners: Qualitative Findings on Fathers’ Childbearing Intentions”

Spring 2015


February 11
Abigail Aiken (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University) 

“A Blessing I Can’t Afford: Factors Underlying the Paradox of Happiness about Unintended Pregnancy”


March 11
Lynn Phillips (Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst) 

“Between the Lines: The Complexities of Willingness, Consent, and Coercion in Girls and Women’s Stories of Sexuality and Victimization”


April 15
Kathryn Kost, Laura Lindberg, Megan Kavanaugh, & Isaac Maddow-Zimet (Research Staff, Guttmacher Institute)

“Summing it Up: Five Years of NICHD-funded Work on the Consequences of Unintended Childbearing”


May 13
Rachel Jones & Jenna Jerman (Research Staff, Guttmacher Institute)

“Preliminary Findings from the 2014 National Abortion Patient Survey”


June 10
Gilda Sedgh & Rubina Hussain  (Research Staff, Guttmacher Institute)

“Women’s Reasons for Not Using Contraception in Developing Countries”

Fall 2014

September 10
Elizabeth Sully (Ph.D. Candidate in Demography and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Office of Population Research and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs)

“Marital Partnership Selection and HIV Concordance in a Generalized Epidemic Setting”


October 15
Ann Biddlecom, Vladimíra Kantorová and Hanta Rafalimanana (Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations)

“Monitoring trends in family planning worldwide”


October 24
Jenny Higgins (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Affiliate, Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Guttmacher Institute Board member)

“LARC promotion’s potentials and pitfalls: A historical and qualitative perspective.”


November 12
Jean Christophe Fotso (Associate Director Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, Concern Worldwide, U.S.)

“Harnessing the Potential of mHealth to Remove Barriers to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Care: Lessons from an Intervention in Rural Malawi”


December 10
Mark L. Hatzenbuehler (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University)

“Structural Stigma and the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations”

Spring 2014

January 7
Kathryn Edin (Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University)

“Fatherhood in inner city families”


January 15
Ted Joyce (Professor of Economics, Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City
University of New York; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research)

“Unintended pregnancy as a cause or manifestation of adverse circumstances: Where’s the evidence?”


February 12
Julien Teitler (Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology, Columbia University)

“Does life in the U.S. take a toll on health? Duration of residence and birthweight among six decades of immigrants”


March 12
John Wilmoth (Director, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social
Affairs, United Nations)

“United Nations Population Division: What we do”


April 9
Mia Zolna & Lawrence Finer (Research Staff, Guttmacher Institute)

“Equivalence testing: What is it and how can we use it to measure changes in unintended pregnancy?”


May 14

Rachel Jones & Laura Lindberg (Research Staff, Guttmacher Institute)

“Using longitudinal data to understand inconsistent contraceptive use: Lessons learned
from the Guttmacher Institute’s 2012–2014 Continuity and Change in Contraceptive Use


June 11
Ann Biddlecom & Vladimira Kantorová (Fertility and Family Planning Section, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations)

“Monitoring trends in family planning and the role of population growth”