Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH
Dr. Upadhyay’s 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 for vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on understanding and documenting the impact of state-level abortion restrictions on women’s lives. Currently, her studies focus on restrictions related to medication abortion, ultrasound requirements, and provider admitting privileges. She also studies the safety of abortion using large state-level datasets. Dr. Upadhyay’s research interests also focus on measures of women’s empowerment and assessing its influence on contraceptive use, abortion decisions, and fertility. Dr. Upadhyay 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. She has a National Institutes of Health K01 Award to study gender-based power among young men and women and its effect on contraceptive use. She is co-author of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, a Johns Hopkins/WHO/USAID publication providing evidence-based guidance on the provision of contraceptive methods. 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.