Gretchen Sisson, PhD is a qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on social constructions of parenthood, specifically examining abortion and pregnancy decision-making, teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, and adoption and birth/first motherhood. She is the lead investigator for ANSIRH's Abortion Onscreen program, which examines the representation of abortion on American film and television, and the impact of such portrayals. Dr. Sisson also studies adoption within the context of the reproductive health and justice movements and is working on a book about contemporary first motherhood. She serves on the Boards of Directors for WDN Action (a sister organization of the Women Donors Network) and Emerge America. She received her BA from Amherst College and her PhD from Boston College.
August 18, 2021
Sisson G. Estimating the annual domestic adoption rate and lifetime incidence of infant relinquishment in the United States. Contraception. August 2021; S0010-7824(21)00352-8. [Epub ahead of print].
December 7, 2020
Herold S, Sisson G, Renee Bracey Sherman. “I can’t believe your mixed ass wasn’t on the pill!”: race and abortion on American scripted television, 2008-2019. Feminist Media Studies. December 2020; DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2020.1856908.
September 6, 2020
Herold S, Sisson G. Abortion on American television: An update on recent portrayals, 2015-2019. Contraception. September 2020; 102(6):421-423.
April 1, 2020
Sisson G, Joffe C. Abortion Providers on Politically Engaging Patients. Women's Health Issues. April 2020; 30(2):106-112.
July 22, 2019
Herold S, Sisson G. Hangers, Potions, and Pills: Abortion Procedures on American Television, 2008 to 2018. Women's Health Issues. July 2019; 29(6):499-505.