Corinne Rocca is an epidemiologist whose work brings rigorous scientific evidence to the improvement of policies and clinical practice around contraception and abortion in the US and globally. Her research focuses on investigating how social and attitudinal factors contribute to pregnancy decision-making and reproductive well-being within the context of people’s relationships and lives. She employs advanced psychometric techniques, including item response modeling, to improve the measurement of latent social and attitudinal variables to better understand how they shape contraceptive and pregnancy decisions. For instance, her work is advancing how researchers conceptualize and measure pregnancy preferences and desires, allowing for ambivalence and uncertainty. Dr. Rocca is leading the ADAPT Study, a longitudinal study examining pregnancy decision-making and care seeking, and the consequences of less desired pregnancy for women’s well-being. Other areas of research include individuals’ emotions after undesired pregnancy and access to medication abortion in Nepal. She has an MPH from Columbia University and a PhD from UC Berkeley and is a former NICHD Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) scholar.
September 25, 2023
Hall J, Barrett G, Stephenson J, Rocca CH, Edelman NL. Predictive ability of the Desire to Avoid Pregnancy scale. Reproductive Health. September 2023; https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-023-01687-9.
May 22, 2023
Rao L, Rocca CH, Isabel Muñoz, MPH, Chambers BD, Devaskar S, Asiodu I, Stern L, Blum M, Comfort AB, Harper CC. "She should support me, she's my doctor:" Patient perceptions of agency in contraceptive decision-making in the clinical encounter in Northern California. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. May 2023; https://doi.org/10.1363/psrh.12226.
February 22, 2023
Newmann SJ, Jennifer Monroe Zakaras, Rocca CH, Gorrindo P, Ndunyu L, Gitome S, Mellissa Withers, Bukusi EA, Dworkin S. Transforming masculine norms to improve men's contraceptive acceptance: results from a pilot intervention with men in western Kenya. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. February 2023; https://doi.org/10.1080/26410397.2023.2170084.
February 17, 2023
Strong J, Coast E, Freeman E, Moore AM, Norris A, Owolabi O, Rocca CH. Pregnancy recognition trajectories: a needed framework. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. February 2023; https://doi.org/10.1080/26410397.2023.2167552.
January 30, 2023
Hall J, Barrett G, Stephenson J, Edelman NL, Rocca CH. Desire to Avoid Pregnancy scale: clinical considerations and comparison with other questions about pregnancy preferences. BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. January 2023; https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjsrh-2022-201750.
September 7, 2022
Rocca CH, Smith M, Hale N, Khoury A. Ranges of pregnancy preferences and contraceptive use: Results from a population-based survey in the southeast United States. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. September 2022; DOI: 10.1363/psrh.12205.