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We conduct clinical and social science research to improve the reproductive health of women and adolescents. Our research explores how biological, interpersonal, and structural factors affect family planning attitudes and behaviors.
Our research areas of interest include abortion, contraception decision-making, adolecent pregnancy and parenting, postpartum contraception, and more.
We conduct sponsor- and investigator-initiated clinical trials related to developing new contraceptive methods and evaluating existing ones.
Our faculty and research staff have authored a wide range of research reports and peer-reviewed articles.
A randomized, multi-center, open-label clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device.
A profile of 40 teens in their first postpartum year.
A qualitative study on how laws requiring parental notification for abortions on minors affect adolescents.
Use of the IUD Among Adolescent and Young Women, 2002-2010
A new publication by Section researchers in the Journal of Adolescent Health determined factors associated with IUD use among adolescent and young adult women, populations where IUD use remains low.
Improving Detection and Treatment of Cervical Cancer among Racial & Ethnic Minorities
Section researchers systematically reviewed the literature to determine which interventions improve the screening, diagnosis or treatment of cervical cancer for racial and/or ethnic minorities. The authors concluded that, among other things, patient navigation with telephone support or education may be effective at improving screening, diagnosis, and treatment.
Partner Roles in Adolescent Mothers' Contraceptive Use
Qualitative research from the Section highlights the varying roles played by male partners in the contraceptive decision-making of adolescent mothers. The study revealed that while most partners supported adolescents' contraceptive use, others discouraged use over concern about hormonal methods or a desire to have another baby in the near future.October 2012