Dr. Lauren Ralph is an Epidemiologist whose research focuses on young people’s access to abortion and experiences making decisions around pregnancy. Her research has examined the impact of policies mandating parental involvement on young people’s experience accessing abortion, how being denied an abortion impacts maternal health outcomes and educational trajectories, and on levels of decision certainty and among people seeking abortion. She is currently engaged in research to better understand trends in prevalence of and experiences with self-managed abortion in the U.S., young people’s experiences with medication abortion, and on improved measurement of the causal impacts of unintended childbearing on young people’s educational trajectories. Across all areas of research, Dr. Ralph draws on a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to answer research questions that can directly inform policy. Dr. Ralph holds a BS from the University of California, Santa Barbara, MPH and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a former Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) scholar.
July 14, 2023
Ralph LJ, Hasselbacher L. Adolescents and Abortion Restrictions: Disproportionate Burdens and Critical Warnings. Journal of Adolescent Health. July 2023; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2023.05.002.
May 26, 2023
Kaller S, Upadhyay UD, Ralph LJ, Schroeder R, Biggs MA. Awareness of medication abortion among a nationally representative U.S. sample, 2021-2022. Contraception. May 2023; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2023.110078.
April 17, 2023
Ralph LJ, Biggs MA, Ehrenreich K, Grossman D. Accuracy of Self-assessment of Gestational Duration Among Adolescents Seeking Abortion Using Information in Addition to Date of Last Menstrual Period. JAMA Pediatrics. April 2023; https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2023.0483.
April 10, 2023
Adler A, Biggs MA, Kaller S, Schroeder R, Ralph LJ. Changes in the Frequency and Type of Barriers to Reproductive Health Care Between 2017 and 2021. Jama Network Open. April 2023; https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.7461.
January 19, 2023
Kaller S, Ralph LJ, Wingo E, Biggs MA. Abortion terminology preferences: a cross-sectional survey of people accessing abortion care. BMC Women's Health. January 2023; https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-022-02152-8.