Dr. Ralph is an epidemiologist whose research examines the context in which women, and in particular adolescents, make decisions around pregnancy and childbirth, and the consequences of unintended childbearing on women’s health and well-being. Her current work includes research on the longitudinal effect of being denied a wanted abortion on women’s health and well-being; the effect of abortion restrictions, particularly parental involvement requirements, on young women’s experience seeking abortion care. As a current UCSF-Kaiser BIRCWH scholar, Dr. Ralph is expanding these areas of research to characterize adolescents’ capacity for autonomous decision-making around pregnancy and better understand the causal impact of unintended childbearing on women’s educational trajectories. Dr. Ralph is also engaged in research to understand the relationship between hormonal contraceptive use and women’s risk of HIV acquisition, measure women’s certainty about the decision to seek abortion care and other health decisions, evaluate innovative strategies to stimulate demand for contraception, and better understand and address the methodological challenges associated with studying complex, reproductive health behaviors. 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.
March 16, 2021
Raifman S, Biggs MA, Ralph LJ, Ehrenreich K, Grossman D. Exploring attitudes about the legality of self managed abortion in the US: Results from a nationally representative survey. Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy. March 2021; [Epub ahead of print].
March 10, 2021
Jovel IJ, Cartwright AF, Ralph LJ, Upadhyay UD. Abortion waiting periods and decision certainty among people searching online for abortion care. Obstetrics & Gynecology. March 2021; [Epub ahead of print].