Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH is a public health Social Scientist trained in epidemiology and demography. She is also currently Director of Research of the University of California Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise in Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment. Dr. Upadhyay has expertise in abortion safety, abortion access in the U.S., medication abortion, and state-level abortion restrictions. Her current research focuses on the safety, efficacy, and acceptability of telehealth for abortion care and the telehealth for reproductive health equity. Previously she was a writer at the Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins University where she co-authored Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, a Johns Hopkins/WHO/USAID publication. Subsequently, she was a Research Scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene, Division of Epidemiology. She has developed and validated two measures: the Reproductive Autonomy Scale and the Sexual and Reproductive Empowerment Scale for Adolescents and Young Adults, both of which researchers can use to quantitatively measure individual-level power in matters related to contraceptive use, pregnancy, and abortion. She earned a BA in Public Communication and International Studies from American University, her MPH from Columbia University, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
January 3, 2023
Nguyen MH, Cartwright AF, Upadhyay UD. Fear of procedure and pain in individuals considering abortion: A qualitative study. Patient Education and Counseling. January 2023; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2022.107611.
November 22, 2022
Upadhyay UD, Foster DG, Gould H, Biggs MA. Intimate relationships after receiving versus being denied an abortion: A 5-year prospective study in the United States. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. November 2022; https://doi.org/10.1363/psrh.12216.
November 1, 2022
Rader B, Sehgal NKR, Reis BY, Brownstein JS, Hswen Y. Estimated Travel Time and Spatial Access to Abortion Facilities in the US Before and After the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Decision. JAMA. November 2022; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2022.20424.
November 1, 2022
Seymour JW, Milechin D, Upadhyay UD, Wise L, Rudolph A. Improving our estimates: Assessing misclassification of abortion accessibility in the United States. Annals of Epidemiology. November 2022; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2022.10.012.
October 28, 2022
Norris A. #WeCount Report. Society of Family Planning. October 2022; DOI: 10.46621/UKAI6324.
August 15, 2022
Upadhyay UD. Barriers Push People into Seeking Abortion Care Later in Pregnancy. American Journal of Public Health. August 2022; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.306992.