Sarah Roberts, DrPH, is an Associate Professor at ANSIRH, at the University of California, San Francisco. She studies the ways that policies and the health care system punish, rather than support, structurally vulnerable pregnant women, including pregnant women using alcohol and drugs and pregnant women considering abortion. Dr. Roberts' current research focuses on evaluating state-level restrictive abortion policies and state-level policies targeting alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, and developing an evidence-base to inform a genuine public health approach to abortion. Dr. Roberts is also leading a project to engage public health professionals working in health departments in reflecting on abortion-related work in health departments and opportunities to align this work with accepted public health frameworks. Dr. Roberts has published more than 70-peer reviewed manuscripts and has received grant funding from multiple private foundations as well as the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Roberts' work has been published in JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Journal, and Alcohol and Alcoholism. Dr. Roberts received her undergraduate degree in history from Columbia University, her MPH and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and her DrPH from the University of California, Berkeley.
January 4, 2021
White K Bhavik Kumar Goyal V Wallace RR Roberts SCM Grossman D. Changes in abortion in Texas following an executive order ban during the coronavirus pandemic. January 2021. JAMA Internal Medicine, 325(7):691-693.
December 1, 2020
Roberts SCM Schroeder R Joffe C. COVID-19 and independent abortion providers: Findings from a rapid-response survey. December 2020. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 52(4):217-225.
November 21, 2020
Upadhyay UD Schroeder R Roberts SCM. Adoption of no-test and telehealth medication abortion care among independent abortion providers in response to COVID-19. November 2020. Contraception: X, 2:100049.
August 5, 2020
Roberts SCM. Good intentions are not enough: truly supporting pregnant women with substance use disorders requires evaluating the impact of our policies and practices. August 2020. Women's Reproductive Health, 7:3,181-184.
July 1, 2020
Toquinto SM Berglas NF McLemore MR Delgado A Roberts SCM. Pregnant women's acceptability of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use screening and willingness to disclose use in prenatal care. July 2020. Women's Health Issues, 30(5):P345-352.
April 23, 2020
Roberts SCM Kimport K. A qualitative exploration of women's experiences discovering pregnancies in the emergency department. April 2020. Contraception: X, 2:100024.