Section of Family Planning Faculty

Julie Chor, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research

Research Summary: Dr. Chor currently serves as the primary investigator on several studies that examine the impact of doulas (nonmedical labor coaches who offer emotional and informational support) on different aspects of pregnancy. In the past, she has studied reproductive health experiences of women with cardiovascular disease and other medical conditions
View a partial list of Dr. Chor's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database


Melissa Gilliam, MD MPH

Ellen H. Block Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics
Vice Provost, Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity

Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research

Research summary: Dr. Gilliams's research focuses on understanding how adolescents use contraception and make other health care decisions. In an effort to aid at-risk teens, Dr. Gilliam established the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3). Part of this program involves empowering teens to address social issues through games, narratives, and design. Dr. Gilliam and her research group also conduct clinical trials of new methods of contraception.
View a partial list of Dr. Gilliam’s publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database


Amy Whitaker, MD, MS

Clinical Associate

Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research

Research summary: Dr. Whitaker's research focuses on theory-based contraceptive counseling interventions, long-acting reversible contraception for adolescent and young adult women, expanding access to contraception, and
post-partum and post-abortion contraceptive options. She is currently the principal investigator of an NIH-funded K23 Career Development Award to study the use of motivational interviewing to increase contraceptive use in young women.
View a partial list of Dr. Whitaker's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database