Faculty and researchers
Diana Greene Foster, PhD,
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Interim Director, ANSIRH.
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 effectiveness of the program in reducing the incidence of unintended pregnancy. Dr. Foster created a new methodology for estimating pregnancies averted based on a Markov model and a microsimulation to identify the cost-effectiveness of advance provision of emergency contraception. She is currently leading a nationwide longitudinal prospective study of the health and well-being of women who seek abortion including both women who do and do not receive the abortion. Dr. Foster received her undergraduate degree in Political Economy of Natural Resources from UC Berkeley, her MA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, and her PhD in Demography and Public Policy from Princeton University.
Nancy Berglas, DrPH,
Public health social scientist.
Nancy Berglas, DrPH, 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 research has included the conceptualization, measurement and evaluation of new frameworks for sexuality education that integrate issues of sexuality, gender equality and human rights. Her current work with ANSIRH focuses on the use of research evidence in the development of abortion facility standards and the effects of state-level abortion restrictions on women’s lives. Dr. Berglas received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, her MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her DrPH from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
M. Antonia Biggs, PhD,
M. Antonia Biggs serves as a senior researcher at ANSIRH, as part of her work for the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. 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 interests include program evaluation, Latina adolescent childbearing, delivery of long-acting contraceptive services, and the psychological well-being of women having abortions. Currently, Dr. Biggs is directing a survey of family planning providers’ delivery of long-acting contraception in California, participating in the evaluation of the Colorado and Iowa Initiatives to reduce unintended pregnancy by increasing access to long-acting contraception, and working on a nationwide longitudinal prospective study of the health and well-being of women who seek abortion. Dr. Biggs holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston University.
Lori Freedman, PhD,
For the past decade, Lori Freedman, PhD has researched the ways in which reproductive health care is shaped by our social structure and medical culture. Her recent book, Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care, is based upon 40 in-depth physician interviews and examines how abortion politics affect medical practice, focusing on the challenges to integrating abortion into physician practice. Unexpected findings from the interviews led her to research and write about the intersection of religion and health care, especially in the case of Catholic-owned hospitals. This research experience has spawned her interest in how physician employers use conscience clauses in medical practice at individual and institutional levels. Dr. Freedman’s interest in reproductive health care research was born at San Francisco General Hospital (1998) when she worked as a research assistant for several contraception-related studies. Dr. Freedman is currently embarking on a two new studies: The first focused on the bedside bioethics of religiously affiliated health care institutions and their employees and a second focused on the experiences of newly abortion trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants. Dr. Freedman received her BA at the University of Oregon and her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Davis.
Caitlin Gerdts, PhD, MHS,
Caitlin Gerdts is an Epidemiologist at ANSIRH. Her research focuses on the measurement of morbidity and mortality due to unsafe abortion in the developing world. Dr. Gerdts is particularly interested in using quantitative bias analysis techniques to identify and correct for bias in studies that seek to measure the health sequellea of unsafe abortion. Dr. Gerdts is currently collaborating with researchers at ANSIRH to design and implement a “Global Turnaway Study.” The study, building on the framework of the U.S. Turnaway Study, aims to assess how being denied an abortion affects women's physical, mental and social health in countries with varying laws and cultural norms relating to abortion. Dr. Gerdts received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University; an MHS in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Carole Joffe, PhD,
Professor emeritus of sociology at UC Davis; professor of obstetrics and gynecology at ANSIRH.
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. In January 2010, Dr. Joffe’s book, Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us, was published by Beacon Press. Besides writing for an academic audience, she also writes frequently for the general public on the topics of reproductive health and reproductive politics. In 2006, Dr. Joffe was awarded the Public Service Award by the Academic Senate of the University of California, Davis. Some recent publications are “Abortion and Medicine: A Sociopolitical History,” in M. Paul, ed., The Management of Abnormal and Unintended Pregnancy and “The Religious Right and the Reshaping of Sexual Policy: An Examination of Reproductive Rights and Sexuality Education,” in Sexual Research and Social Policy, Winter 2007 (with Diane di Mauro). She is the author of Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion Before and after Roe v. Wade (Beacon Press) and The Regulation of Sexuality: Experiences of Family Planning Workers (Temple University Press 1986). Dr. Joffe received her BA from Brandeis University and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Katrina Kimport, PhD,
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, abortion and same-sex marriage. She is currently undertaking a comparison of the abortion rights movement and the gay & lesbian movement to understand, from a social movements perspective, how and when their trajectories have overlapped and diverged over the past 40 years. Dr. Kimport's work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is the author of Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the United States (Rutgers University Press) and co-author, with Dr. Jennifer Earl, of Digitally Enabled Social Change (MIT Press). Dr. Kimport received her BA from Yale University and her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Aisha Mays, MD,
Aisha Mays is a family physician and 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, and identifying the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of commercially sexually exploited youth. Her current research project aims to increase adolescents’ and young adults' access to long-acting reversible contraceptive methods in community health centers through comprehensive staff and provider trainings. Dr. Mays entered the world of research through her clinical practice at the Native American Health Center, where she began to have questions about the clinical care and outcomes of her adolescent patients. She believes in equitable reproductive health care access for all women regardless of age or socioeconomic status. Dr. Mays is clinical faculty in the UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, teaching faculty in the UC Berkeley/ UCSF Joint Medical program, a member of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals Clinical Advisory Committee, and faculty in Physicians for Reproductive Health Adolescent and Reproductive Sexual Health Education Program. Dr. Mays received her BS in Biology from Clark Atlanta University and MD from Case Western Reserve University.
Monica McLemore, RN, MPH, PhD,
Monica McLemore is a clinician-scientist at ANSIRH. Her research interests include unintended pregnancy prevention, the efficacy and safety of nurse administered procedural sedation, tumor markers of ovarian cancer and their behavior across the menstrual cycle, the nursing role in abortion care provision and pilot testing of a doula training program as a job vocational program for previously incarcerated women. Her current work reflects her training as a public health nurse, trained in qualitative, quantitative, and molecular methods. Nursing is a dynamic and hybrid field that meets patients and their families where they are; including the context and environment where experiences of illness and or wellness occur. As a clinician scientist, she takes an ecological approach to her work meaning women are not compartmentalized beings easily reduced to individual studies of arbitrary time points associated with their biology, Dr. McLemore's own diverse clinical experiences inform and are closely aligned with her research interest and the unifying thread is this: to produce evidence to assist nurses to meet women wherever they are, specifically, by designing patient-centered studies that enhance the knowledge base of nurses who work in gynecology, sexual and reproductive health across the lifespan. Dr. McLemore has a BS in Nursing from The College of New Jersey, an MPH from San Francisco State University, and a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.
Lauren Ralph, PhD, MPH,
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 socioeconomic status, including educational aspirations and outcomes; barriers to abortion care and the role that abortion restrictions have on women’s experience seeking abortion care; innovative strategies to stimulate demand for contraception and broaden women’s contraceptive options; and exploration into how the methodological challenges inherent to studying sexual health influence our interpretation of research findings. She is also actively engaged in the ongoing debate on whether use of hormonal contraceptive methods increase women’s risk of HIV acquisition, having recently authored a meta-analysis summarizing the observational evidence conducted to date. Across all areas of research, she draws on a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to answer research questions that can directly inform policy. Dr. Ralph received her BS from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and MPH and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sarah Roberts, DrPH,
Public Health Social Scientist.
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 impact of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women’s alcohol and drug use, evaluating state-level abortion restrictions and state-level policies targeting alcohol use during pregnancy, and developing a genuine public health approach to abortion facility standards. Dr. Roberts’ work has been published in Social Science & Medicine, Women’s Health Issues, Maternal and Child Health Journal, and Alcohol and Alcoholism. Dr. Roberts received her undergraduate degree in history from Columbia University, her MPH and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and her DrPH from the University of California, Berkeley.
Corinne Rocca, PhD, MPH,
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 pregnancy intentions, including what influences young women's attitudes towards pregnancy and the role of intentions and ambivalence in shaping contraceptive behavior. She is particularly interested in using quantitative psychometric techniques, such as Item Response Theory, to improve measurement of latent variables, including attitudes and social norms. Her current work includes creating a valid measure of childbearing attitudes for use among diverse populations of adolescents and young women; using data from a nationally representative sample of unmarried young people to examine the roles of pregnancy ambivalence and fatalism on use of effective contraception; and examining barriers to safe abortion in Nepal.
Gretchen Sisson, PhD,
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 reproductive decision-making in popular culture, including film and television. Dr. Sisson’s past work on reframing models of teen pregnancy prevention has been published in the Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy. She received her BA from Amherst College and her PhD from Boston College.
Diana Taylor, RN, MS, PhD,
Director of Research and Evaluation, Primary Care Initiative.
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 collaboration and innovation related to primary care education, practice and research. Dr. Taylor has been a leader in policy-shaping activities for multiple professional groups on regional, national level and international levels. She has participated in the development of innovative women’s health care delivery models, interdisciplinary education programs, practice standards, and evidence-based practice guidelines. She has served on national boards and committees of the Health Professions Division of the US Public Health Service, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Nurses Association, the National Organization of NP Faculties, the Association of Women’s Health Nurses, as well as state and local nursing practice and education committees. Dr. Taylor has more than 100 scientific articles, books and publications in the area of women’s health. Some recent publications include “When politics trumps evidence: Legislative or regulatory exclusion of abortion from advanced practice clinician scope of practice” published with Barbara Safriet and Tracy Weitz in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health (2009; 54: 4-7) and Providing Abortion Care: A professional toolkit for nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants (UCSF ANSIRH, 2009). Currently, Dr. Taylor is also an active board member of the Reproductive Options Education Consortium in Nursing (Abortion Access Project); a board member of Clinicians for Choice (NAF); and Board chair (as well as a practicing clinician) of the San Francisco Women’s Community Clinic. Dr. Taylor received her BSN from the University of Oregon, her MS from UCSF and PhD from the University of Washington.
Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH,
Assistant Professor and Public Health Social Scientist.
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 lives. In particular, she focuses on restrictions related to medication abortion and ultrasound requirements. She is also studying the safety of abortion using Medi-Cal data from California State’s Medicaid program. Dr. Upadhyay’s research interests also focus on measures of women’s empowerment and assessing its influence on contraceptive use, abortion decisions, and fertility. Dr. Upadhyay has developed and validated the Reproductive Autonomy Scale to quantitatively measure the power to decide about and control matters related to contraceptive use, pregnancy, and childbearing, which researchers can incorporate into interview assessments in a variety of evaluations and research contexts. She recently received a National Institutes of Health Career Development Award to study gender-based power among young people and its effect on contraceptive use. She is co-author of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, a Johns Hopkins/WHO/USAID publication providing evidence-based guidance on the provision of contraceptive methods. Dr. Upadhyay has a BA in Communications and International Studies from American University, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia School of Public Health, and a PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Patricia Anderson, MPH,
Administrative and HWPP Director.
Pat Anderson works both as ANSIRH’s Administrative Director and as Director of the Health Workforce Pilot Project (HWPP). She has spent most of her career in various positions within the field of reproductive health and rights. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Society of Family Planning and before that as the Program Manager for the California Program on Access to Care with the University of California, Office of the President. She was the founding director of Medical Students for Choice and served as Membership Director and Interim Executive Director at the National Abortion Federation, while spearheading a special initiative on the shortage of abortion providers. Ms. Anderson received her BA and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rana E. Barar, MPH,
Project Director, Turnaway Study.
Rana E. Barar, MPH, is Project Director for the Turnaway 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 comprehensive sexuality education based at Rutgers University. In that capacity, Rana oversaw publication of Answer's teen publications - Sex, Etc. magazine and Sexetc.org. Rana began her public health career working in several health and human rights projects at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and received her MPH in population and family health in 2006. She was Senior Program Officer for the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program, charged with overall administrative management of the AMDD Program, including strategic planning and launching AMDD's new look and Web site. She has a strong background in international relations as well, which has been enhanced by her substantial experience in Europe, Russia and Africa.
Molly Battistelli, MPH,
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 is on expanding access to reproductive health care in primary care settings, understanding and promoting the role of nurses in abortion care, and advancing an evidence-based approach to health policy and service delivery. She is presently examining the impact of California’s enactment of AB154 (which legalized the provision of aspiration abortion by advanced practice nurses and physician assistants in California) on primary care and reproductive health care clinics and models of care delivery. Ms. Battistelli has over a decade of experience in applied public health research, having previously worked at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Center for Health Policy, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and as a consultant to the RAND Corporation. She received her BA from Connecticut College and her MPH from UCLA.
Elise Belusa, MSc,
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 joining ANSIRH, Ms. Belusa worked with health education at the Women's Options Center at UCSF, program management at TEACH Training, and research assistance with Ibis Reproductive Health. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota and completed her Masters of Science in Reproductive & Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Michele Benjamin, MBA, BS,
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 investment banking firm with strong Bay Area roots now owned by Bank of America. After several years of high stress and very early hours, she was compelled to move to Kauai for a more wholesome lifestyle. She managed several small businesses and worked in a variety of settings. After twenty years, she has returned to the Bay Area and is delighted to be working with ANSIRH, and the Bixby Group.
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, coordinating clinics and other projects within the Child Health and Disability Prevention program. She has experience with health education and community organizing, most recently with Partners in Health’s initiative to advance health as a human right. Anna is passionate about reproductive health and health policy and is excited to be part of the Restrictions team, evaluating the effects of state-level restrictions on women’s lives.
Sara Daniel, MPH,
Sara Daniel, MPH, 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 implications of confidentiality protections for adolescents and young adults seeking sensitive services. She has extensive experience in study design, project management and evaluation. She brings passion and years of experience in working with vulnerable populations, including survivors of torture and sexual violence. She received her BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago and MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.
Research Analyst, Turnaway Study.
Ivette Gomez is an Interviewer for the Turnaway Study. Prior to joining ANSIRH, she worked as an interviewer for the U.S. Census Bureau, where she worked with immigrant communities. Although new to working in women's reproductive health field, in college Ms. Gomez focused on critical issues in women’s health and women’s history. She is very excited to be joining the ANSIRH team and looks forward to learning more about the field. Ms. Gomez received her BA from Stanford University in Anthropological Sciences.
Heather Gould, MPH,
Research Manager, Turnaway Study.
Heather Gould currently serves as the research manager for the Turnaway Study. 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 and quantitative research studies, managing reproductive health programs, and writing grants. Ms. Gould has worked in several reproductive health clinics as a manager or health specialist, including New Generation Health Center, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, and the Marin County Women’s Health Services. In addition, she has served as a consultant to several organizations, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America-International (PPFA-I), the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), and Population Services International (PSI). Her particular areas of interest include access to abortion and family planning, quality of reproductive health care, social determinants of health, and policies that support reproductive justice more broadly. Ms. Gould received her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.
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. He’s been working for UCSF in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Research Sciences since 2009. In addition to project management, he has guided communications on other research projects within the university. Prior to coming to UCSF, he spent five years working at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He did his undergraduate work at Indiana University in Biological Anthropology.
Siobhan Hayes, MPH,
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 Business Unit in various capacities, including intranet database development, pre- and post-award support, and grant management. Ms. Hayes now supports ANSIRH with proposal development, award setup, grant reporting, and purchase order and subcontract execution. Siobhan received her MPH in Community Health Sciences in the Reproductive Health tract from UCLA in 2004. Outside of her work at UCSF, Ms. Hayes also works as a fair trade auditor and teaches capoeira to adults and children in Berkeley.
Nicole Johns, MPH,
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 regarding health metrics, health outcomes, healthcare costs, patient satisfaction, and economic and health disparities. She holds an MPH in Global Health from the University of Washington and a BA in Sociology from Dartmouth College. Ms. Johns believes strongly in creating and conveying rigorous evidence for policy and practice and is passionate about making reproductive health information and services available and accessible.
Bonnie Scott Jones, JD,
Senior policy advisor.
Bonnie Scott Jones, JD, 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 the Center for Reproductive Rights, and then as in-house counsel for a consortium of abortion providers. She is currently collaborating with researchers at ANSIRH on a project to explore the public health and evidence base for abortion facility standards. Ms. Jones’ work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the Journal of the American Women’s Medical Association. She received her undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College, and her JD from Yale Law School.
Shelly Kaller, MPH,
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 “LARC in Primary Care Settings” study at ANSIRH, which aims to increase access to long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods among adolescents and young adults through provider training. Ms. Kaller’s experience includes volunteer health education for the Women’s Community Clinic, data management and analysis for a randomized clinical trial on oral contraceptive initiation and discontinuation, data collection for a “mystery shopper” study on Emergency Contraception provision in family practice clinics, and curriculum development and coordination of student research teams to investigate health topics in their communities. In addition, Ms. Kaller has conducted program evaluations on teen pregnancy prevention programs, school-based health center services, and HIV/STD prevention education in California public schools. Ms. Kaller received her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, with an emphasis on population and family health.
Rebecca Kriz, RN, MS,
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 and the effects of government intervention on women’s autonomy. Prior to joining ANSIRH, Ms. Kriz worked at the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis and UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, where she managed projects related to abortion and medical school education domestically and in Vietnam, access to reproductive health services, and community engagement. She also consulted for Covered California (California’s health benefit exchange) in the development of their initial outreach campaign. Ms. Kriz received her BA in Economic Theory from The American University and attended the MEPN program at the University of California, San Francisco where she became an RN and received an MS in Nursing with a focus in Health Policy.
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 justice community, Ms. Magnusson flourishes working to advance health access and improve reproductive justice for all people. Prior to joining ANSIRH, she worked on the program team for CoreAlign, an organization focused on building a network of leaders to work innovatively to change policies, culture and conditions to support all people’s sexual and reproductive decisions. She also worked with TEACH, a training program working to expand reproductive health access through primary care. Outside of work, Ms. Magnusson is an active volunteer at the Women’s Community Clinic and organizes reproductive justice book clubs. She received a BA from the University of Washington in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and plans to further her education in Maternal and Child Health in the near future.
Debbie Nguyen is the project coordinator for ANSIRH's Turnaway and IUD Removal Options studies. She graduated from Mills College, earning her BA in Anthropology & Sociology with an emphasis in public health, and has a strong background in reproductive health and justice, as well as HIV /STD prevention and treatment. Prior to joining ANSIRH, Ms. Nguyen was a research associate for the PrEP Demonstration Project at San Francisco City Clinic, working with clinical staff to reduce rates of HIV transmission among MSM populations in the Bay Area. She has also worked with Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific as a reproductive health specialist. Outside of work, she conducts outreach at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center in partnership with the Women’s Community Clinic. As a trainer for San Francisco Sex Information, she facilitates biannual human sexuality courses for professionals seeking sex educator certification.
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 she provided administrative and grant management support to over 120 grantees established at various academic institutions in the continental United States, in addition to organizing the group’s annual scientific conference. Ms. Orozco-Fuentes also worked for the Medical Center’s Department of General Internal Medicine at Mt. Zion and Parnassus as a Supervisor and Program Coordinator for the residency program. Ms. Orozco-Fuentes received a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communication with an emphasis in Design from San Francisco State University.
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 Hospital. Working closely with patients, Ms. Powell was recognized for her selfless desire to help those in need and for her overall customer service skills. A San Francisco native, Ms. Powell has volunteered with several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area that are working to educate the less fortunate, with a heavy emphasis on the unserved youth. Since receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2013, she has been on a quest to find her true passion in helping others. When given the opportunity to work for ANSIRH, she was thrilled to know that she would be working alongside people with common goals, while being introduced to many new avenues to assist those in need.
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. Throughout college she was a lead organizer of the Abortion Speakout at the annual Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference. She has worked as a patient advocate at a clinic in her home state of Montana, and as an intern for Our Bodies, Ourselves in Massachusetts. In her free time, she volunteers as an abortion doula with the Bay Area Doula Project, providing support to people through their abortions. Ms. Rowland received her BA in Medical Anthropology and Women’s Health from Hampshire College.
Alison Swiatlo, MPH,
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, Alison’s interests include abortion access and reproductive health and justice in the U.S. South and other socially conservative atmospheres. Ms. Swiatlo received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Boston College and her Masters in Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health.