Diana Greene Foster, PhD, is a professor and demographer who uses quantitative models and analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of family planning policies and the effect of unwanted pregnancy on women’s lives. She leads the Turnaway Study, 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. She is collaborating with scientists on a Nepal Turnaway Study. 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 and the effect of dispensing a one year supply of contraception. 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. In 2017, Dr. Foster received the Robert A. Hatcher Family Planning Mentor Award by the Society of Family Planning; a transcript of her acceptance speech is available here. Dr. Foster received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, her MA and PhD in Demography and Public Policy from Princeton University.
February 12, 2021
Lin TK, Law R, Beaman J, Foster DG. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic security and pregnancy intentions among people at risk of pregnancy. Contraception. February 2021; 2021 Jun;103(6):380-385. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2021.02.001. Epub 2021 Feb 12.
December 18, 2020
Ralph LJ, Foster DG, Biggs MA, Samari G, Upadhyay UD, Gerdts C, Grossman D. Prevalence of self-managed abortion among women of reproductive age in the United States. JAMA. December 2020; 3(12):e2029245.
November 29, 2020
Rocca CH, Moseson H, Gould H, Foster DG, Kimport K. Emotions over five years after denial of abortion in the United States: Contextualizing the effects of abortion denial on women's health and lives. Social Science & Medicine. November 2020; 113567.
November 21, 2020
Jones RK, Foster DG, Biggs MA. Fertility intentions and recent births among US abortion patients. Contraception. November 2020; S0010782420304170.
July 17, 2020
Upadhyay UD, Danza PY, Neilands TB, Gipson JD, Brindis CD, Hindin M, Foster DG, Dworkin S. Development and validation of the sexual and reproductive empowerment scale for adolescents and young adults. Journal of Adolescent Health. July 2020; 68(1):86-94.