Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH is a public health Social Scientist trained in epidemiology and demography. Her work encompasses two overarching themes: the effects of women's empowerment and gender equity on reproductive health and improving access to contraception and abortion care. Dr. Upadhyay has expertise in abortion safety, abortion access in the U.S., medication abortion, and state-level abortion restrictions such as physician admitting privileges laws and telemedicine bans for abortion. Looking forward, she is now planning research that aims to assess the safety of demedicalized models of medication abortion care, including telemedicine for abortion care and a missed period pill. Dr. Upadhyay is also Director of Research of the UCGHI Center of Expertise in Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment. She has developed and validated the Reproductive Autonomy Scale to quantitatively measure the power to decide about and control matters related to contraceptive use, pregnancy, and childbearing, which researchers can incorporate into interview assessments in a variety of evaluations and research contexts. Building on that work, she is now is in the process of developing a measure of sexual and reproductive empowerment for adolescents and young adults with support from a National Institutes of Health K01 Award. Dr. Upadhyay has a BA in Communications and International Studies from American University, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia School of Public Health, and a PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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].
February 6, 2021
Upadhyay UD, McCook AA, Bennett AH, Cartwright AF, Roberts SCM. State abortion policies and Medicaid coverage of abortion are associated with pregnancy outcomes among individuals seeking abortion recruited using Google Ads: A national cohort study. Social Science & Medicine. February 2021; [Epub ahead of print].
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 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. Contraception: X. November 2020; 2:100049.
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.