Current Research Programs

Reproductive Decision Making for Individuals with Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Mehret Birru Talabi's research focuses on optimizing reproductive health management and health care for women with rheumatic diseases.

Patient-Centered Family Planning Care

Dr. Sonya Borrero focuses on understanding influences on contraceptive and pregnancy decision-making in marginalized populations to support reproductive autonomy. 

HIV and Domestic Violence Prevention in the Carceral System

Dr. Emily Dauria is developing and testing a peer-led navigation intervention for women involved in the carceral system to reduce intersectional stigma and improve access to PrEP for HIV-prevention. 

Innovations in Breastfeeding/Lactation Support

Dr. Jill Demirci investigates barriers to parents meeting their lactation goals and develops and tests mHealth and technology-based lactation support interventions. 

Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Access and Outcomes

Dr. Jacqueline Ellison’s research focuses on how policies and clinical interventions impact sexual and reproductive health care access and outcomes.

Syndemic Theory and Young Adults at High Risk for STIs

Dr. Ashley Hill utilizes multiple mixture modeling approaches (e.g., latent class analysis, latent transition analysis, structural equation modeling) and applies social determinants of health frameworks to reduce reproductive health disparities.

Health of People Who Use Substances in Pregnancy

Dr. Marian Jarlenski aims to understand the relationship between opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and pregnancy outcomes.

Sexual and Reproductive Health in People with Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. Traci Kazmerski develops interventions and tools to support reproductive health decision making around pregnancy, parenting, breastfeeding, and birth control for people with cystic fibrosis. 

Improved health services for STD/HIV/HCV prevention

Dr. Yasaswi Kislovskiy reduces stigma and mitigates health disparities by conducting community-based participatory research among communities combating high risk of STD/HIV/HCV acquisition.

Decision Making Around Risk and Health Outcomes in Maternal Health

Dr. Tamar Krishnamurti's research investigates vaccine and diagnostic risk communication, telemedicine, substance use, and clinical trial behavior.

Perinatal Health and Wellness

Dr. Michelle Levine is interested in developing, adapting, testing, and providing interventions to address the needs of individuals during the perinatal period. 

Improving Quality and Equity in Veteran’s Reproductive Health and Healthcare

Dr. Deirdre Quinn’s research explores individual-, family-, and system-level influences on Veterans’ sexual and reproductive health.

Pediatric Violence Prevention

Dr. Maya Ragavan's work focuses on using healing-centered engagement to support parent survivors of intimate partner violence in pediatric healthcare settings as well as engaging parents/caregivers in preventing dating violence.

Access to and Delivery of Affordable, Efficient, High-Quality Cancer Care

Dr. Lindsay Sabik's research focuses on how government policies affect healthcare access, utilization, and health outcomes among low-income and underserved populations.

Sexual Function During Menopause and Beyond

Dr. Holly Thomas seeks to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, patient-centered clinical research that will improve the sexual health and quality of life of women as they age. 

Women’s Health at Midlife

Dr. Rebecca Thurston aims to understand and enhance women’s health at midlife and beyond through research, didactics, and clinical activities.