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Faculty and researchers

Daniel Grossman, MD, ANSIRH Director. 510-986-8941.
Dan Grossman focuses his research on both clinical and social science studies aimed at improving access to contraception and safe abortion in the United States, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as evaluating the impact of integrating reproductive health and HIV services. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed ...read full bio
Diana Greene Foster, PhD, Director of Research. 510-986-8940.
Diana Greene Foster, PhD, is a demographer who uses quantitative models and analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of family planning policies and the effect of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives. Dr. Foster has worked on the evaluation of the California State family planning program, Family PACT. This work demonstrated the ...read full bio
Nancy Berglas, DrPH, Public Health Social Scientist. 510-986-8925.
Nancy Berglas, is a public health social scientist at ANSIRH. Her research interests center on issues of adolescent sexual health and rights, the evaluation of school-based sexuality education programs, access to sexual health services, and the use of evidence in the development of sexual health programs and policies. Dr. Berglas’ prior ...read full bio
M. Antonia Biggs, PhD, Social Psychologist Researcher. 510-986-8961.
M. Antonia Biggs, PhD, is a social psychologist researcher at ANSIRH. Dr. Biggs’ research is dedicated towards better understanding the barriers faced by economically disadvantaged populations in accessing reproductive health services so that policy can be designed to improve their social and health outcomes. Her specific research ...read full bio
Lori Freedman, PhD, Medical Sociologist. 510-986-8948.
Lori Freedman, PhD, is a sociologist and a Greenwall Faculty Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. She conducts research with Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF. Dr. Freedman investigates the ways in which reproductive health care ...read full bio
Carole Joffe, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 510-986-8938.
Carole Joffe is a professor at ANSIRH and a professor of sociology emerita at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the social dimensions of reproductive health, with a particular interest in abortion provision. Her most recent book, co-edited with Jennifer Reich, is Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary ...read full bio
Katrina Kimport, PhD, Assistant Professor. 510-986-8947.
Katrina Kimport is a qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on gender, sexuality, and social movements. Dr. Kimport's research engages two central themes: understanding women’s personal and social experience of abortion; and investigating the cultural negotiation of controversial social issues related to sexuality—specifically, ...read full bio
Aisha Mays, MD, Clinical Researcher. 510-986-8945.
Aisha Mays, MD, is a Family Physician and Clinical Researcher. Dr. Aisha Mays is a Clinical Researcher at ANSIRH. Her research interests include optimizing adolescent contraceptive care in school based health centers, improving access to comprehensive reproductive health care for adolescents and young women in community health centers, ...read full bio
Monica McLemore, RN, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor. 415-200-6097.
At the University of California, San Francisco, Monica McLemore is an assistant professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department, an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. She was recently named Associate Director for Community ...read full bio
Lauren Ralph, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist. 510-986-8933.
Lauren Ralph is an Epidemiologist at ANSIRH. Broadly, her research is dedicated to better understanding the drivers and consequences of unintended pregnancy among women worldwide, with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults. Her current work includes research on the longitudinal effects of being denied an abortion on women’s ...read full bio
Sarah Roberts, DrPH, Assistant Professor. 510-986-8962.
Sarah CM Roberts, DrPH, is public health social scientist at ANSIRH. Her research interests include policies that affect women’s reproductive lives including both state-level abortion restrictions and Child Protective Services reporting policies for pregnant women who use alcohol and drugs. Dr. Roberts’ current research focuses on the ...read full bio
Corinne Rocca, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist. 415-476-6973.
Corinne Rocca is an Epidemiologist at UCSF's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Her research interests include prevention of unintended pregnancy, adolescent sexual behavior, contraceptive use, pregnancy intentions, and latent variable measurement. Dr. Rocca's research has focused on the measurement and significance of ...read full bio
Gretchen Sisson, PhD, Sociologist. 510-986-8951.
Gretchen Sisson is a qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on social constructions of parenthood, specifically examining teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, and adoption and birth motherhood. Her current research with ANSIRH focuses on representations of abortion and ...read full bio
Diana Taylor, RN, MS, PhD, Professor Emerita. 510-986-8950.
Diana Taylor is a nurse practitioner, educator and researcher, and is Professor Emerita at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. She has served as Director of UCSF’s Women’s Health NP Program, as well as the co-Director of the UCSF Center for Collaborative Primary Care to advance interprofessional ...read full bio
Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor. 510-986-8946.
Dr. Upadhyay’s work encompasses two overarching themes: the effects of women's empowerment and gender equity on reproductive health and improving access to contraception and abortion care for vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on understanding and documenting the impact of state-level abortion restrictions on women’s ...read full bio

Research and administrative staff

Patricia Anderson, MPH, Administrative Director. 510-986-8929.
Pat Anderson serves as ANSIRH’s Administrative Director.  She was also Director of ANSIRH’s Health Workforce Pilot Project (HWPP) and Primary Care Initiative (PCI) projects and has a background in workforce issues in abortion care. She has spent most of her career in various positions within the field of reproductive health and rights. ...read full bio
Finley Baba, MPH, Research Analyst. 510-986-8973.
Finley Baba is a research analyst for ANSIRH’s upcoming ADAPT study and will be recruiting and collecting data in different states in the Southwest. Though originally from Seattle, she recently moved to the Bay area from New Orleans and spent the fall and winter of 2015 interning for the TEACH training program. Finley is passionate about ...read full bio
Rana E. Barar, MPH, Project Director. 510-986-8937.
Rana E. Barar, is Project Director for several studies, including the Turnaway Study. She also serves as Operations Director for the ADAPT Study. Prior to joining ANSIRH, Rana managed the Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project and served as Interim Director at Answer, a leading national organization dedicated to providing and promoting ...read full bio
Molly Battistelli, MPH, Project Director. 510-986-8966.
Molly Battistelli directs several projects that aim to advance reproductive justice and access to health care for all women. Her work emphasizes a public health/health services approach to understanding the complex forces that affect the policy landscape for reproductive health care in the United States. Ms. Battistelli’s current focus ...read full bio
Elise Belusa, MSc, Research Manager. 510-986-8969.
Elise Belusa is a Research Manager for multiple studies at ANSIRH. She brings a background in both domestic and international reproductive health research and service, including work with HIV positive women in the northwest, adolescents in the South and Midwest, homeless women in the northeast, and women of Kenya and Senegal. Prior to ...read full bio
Michele Benjamin, MBA, BS, Financial Analyst. 415-476-2634.
Michele Benjamin is a post award analyst for the Bixby Group and ANSIRH, in addition to the Women’s Health Clinical Research Center, in OB/GYN.  She has a business and finance background and has worked in a multitude of environments.  After graduation from UC Berkeley, she became a trader working on the floor of Montgomery Securities, an ...read full bio
Anna Bernstein, Project Coordinator. 510-986-8979.
Anna Bernstein is Project Coordinator for the Evaluation of Abortion Restrictions project. Anna received her BA from Tufts University in International Relations, with a concentration in Global Health. Prior to joining ANSIRH, she worked with the San Francisco Department of Public Health—Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health section, ...read full bio
Melissa Brown, Project Coordinator. 510-986-8931.
Melissa Brown is a Project Coordinator at ANSIRH with the Abortion Facilities Standards Initiative (AFSI). Prior to joining UCSF, she developed and implemented hospital based health education programs, and managed a School Based Health Center (SBHC) operated by La Clínica de La Raza. While working at La Clínica, Ms. Brown served as ...read full bio
Alice Cartwright, MPH, Project Director. 510-986-8927.
Alice Cartwright is a Project Director for the Evaluation of Abortion Restrictions Project. Prior to joining ANSIRH, Ms. Cartwright worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where she led the family planning program in Tanzania, focused on increasing women’s access to long-acting and reversible contraception (LARC) through ...read full bio
Sara Daniel, MPH, Project Manager. 510-986-8982.
Sara Daniel, is a Project Manager for the Abortion Facility Standards Initiative. Prior to joining ANSIRH, she worked at UCSF's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies on projects evaluating access to contraceptive and family planning care as well as practice and policy ...read full bio
Heather Gould, MPH, Project Director. 510-986-8936.
Heather Gould currently serves as the Research Director for the ADAPT and Turnaway Studies. Ms. Gould has been involved with the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health since it was founded and has worked on many center research and policy projects over the years. She has extensive experience designing and implementing qualitative ...read full bio
Jason Harless, Communications Associate. 510-986-8963.
Jason Harless works with ANSIRH’s Communications Working Group to guide external communications through traditional and social media. He works with researchers to create media plans and messaging for new publications, partner outreach, web presence, video blogs and other opportunities that require translation of ANSIRH’s unique research ...read full bio
Siobhan Hayes, MPH, Award Analyst. 415-476-2634.
Siobhan Hayes currently serves as a Post-Award Analyst in the Business Unit for the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Siobhan began her career at UCSF in 2000 as a program assistant working with Tracy Weitz and Felicia Stewart, and left in 2002 for graduate school. Since her return to UCSF in 2005, she has worked in the ...read full bio
Nicole Johns, MPH, Research Analyst. 510-986-8928.
Nicole Johns is a Research Analyst for the Evaluation of Abortion Restrictions project at ANSIRH, examining the impacts of legal restrictions on abortion access and care within the United States. She brings a background in global and domestic quantitative health research, previously working in hospital and academic settings on studies ...read full bio
Bonnie Scott Jones, JD, Senior Policy Advisor. 917-596-1640.
Bonnie Scott Jones, is an attorney specializing in reproductive health services access. Her work focuses on the regulation of reproductive health facilities and providers, particularly in the area of abortion care. Prior to joining ANSIRH, Ms. Jones spent two decades in reproductive rights litigation, policy and compliance, first with ...read full bio
Shelly Kaller, MPH, Project Director. 510-986-8945.
Shelly Kaller has been a Senior Research Associate at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health since 2005, conducting research and evaluation for adolescent health programs. She currently directs the Contraceptive Care in Community Health Settings study at ANSIRH, which assesses challenges of integrating contraceptive services in ...read full bio
Rebecca Kriz, RN, MS, Project Director. 510-986-8935.
Rebecca Kriz is a Project Director for the Evaluation of Abortion Restrictions project. She leverages her clinical background as a registered nurse in her work to improve both access to reproductive health services and patient outcomes. She is particularly interested in social determinants that create disparities in access to services ...read full bio
Sara Magnusson, Project Manager. 510-986-8930.
Sara Magnusson is a Project Manager for multiple studies at ANSIRH. Currently she is working to expand access to reproductive healthcare in primary care settings, as well as seeking to understand how religiously affiliated institutions are affecting patient care. A fervent advocate and activist in the reproductive health, rights and ...read full bio
Aura Orozco-Fuentes, Office Manager. 510-986-8923.
Aura Orozco-Fuentes began her employment with the University of California in 1992. She currently serves as the Office Manager for ANSIRH. Prior to joining ANSIRH, Ms. Orozco-Fuentes worked at the Center for the Health Professions with the School of Dentistry as a Program Coordinator for the Pew Programs in the Biomedical Sciences where ...read full bio
Jasmine Powell, Program Coordinator. 510-986-8922.
Jasmine Powell is ANSIRH’s Program Coordinator, supporting the successful operation of the entire office as well as providing assistance on multiple research projects. Ms. Powell began her UCSF career in early 2013 working for the Orthopedic Trauma Institute, supporting orthopedic trauma surgeons at UCSF and San Francisco General ...read full bio
Sarah Raifman, Project Manager, Global Turnaway Study. 510-986-8974.
Sarah Raifman is a Project Manager for ANSIRH's Global Turnaway Study. The study aims to understand the impact of being denied legal abortion services for women in Nepal, Tunisia, Colombia, South Africa, and Bangladesh. Prior to joining ANSIRH, she contributed to epidemiologic studies on the measurement of informal sector abortion in ...read full bio
Brenly Rowland, Interviewer. 510-986-8990.
Brenly Rowland is an interviewer for the Turnaway, Abortion Restrictions and IUD Removal Options studies. Prior to joining ANSIRH she worked as a sex educator and sales associate at Good Vibrations. She has worked as an advocate, counselor and organizer, focusing especially on issues of reproductive justice and abortion access. ...read full bio
Alison Swiatlo, MPH, Research Coordinator. 504-493-0007.
Alison Swiatlo is a Research Coordinator for the Restrictions Project in Louisiana. In the summer of 2013, Alison was an intern at ANSIRH working on the Global Turnaway Study. She returned to ANSIRH via Louisiana in July 2014 to work on the SWATCH study for the Restrictions Project. Growing up in Mississippi and working in Louisiana, ...read full bio

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