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I am a social and reproductive epidemiology trainee interested in reproductive health equity and autonomy. My work seeks to apply rigorous causal inference and demographic methods to understand structural constraints on contraceptive decision-making. I am particularly interested in developing and expanding person-centered measures of autonomy and coercion for family planning research. My dissertation focuses on the impacts of a postpartum intrauterine device intervention on autonomy in contraceptive uptake and discontinuation. Before beginning my doctoral studies, I received a BA in mathematics and sociology from Bowdoin College and worked as a research fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Global Health.

Research Interests

social epidemiology; family planning; health equity; reproductive health


Audrey E. Pettifor, Kat Tumlinson