Family Planning Research

Research within the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago is focused on the reproductive health of populations disproportionately affected by unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections: Latinas, African Americans, poor women, adolescents, and postpartum women. Using diverse methodologies, we examine reproductive well-being from multiple perspectives (e.g., biological, psychosocial, and ecological) to gain a comprehensive understanding of the context in which it occurs to create innovative and sustainable solutions. Our faculty are collaborators and lead investigators on numerous studies including clinical trials, community-based research and policy related projects using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Dr. Julie Chor’s current research is focused on developing a theory-based lay health worker (LHW) intervention to support uptake and continuous use of both contraception and reproductive health care and conducting research about individual’s experiences with pelvic examinations.  Specifically she is studying adolescent and young women’s experiences with the first pelvic examination. Her goal is to use this research as an opportunity to engage adolescent and adult women and empower them to address their reproductive health needs.

Ci3's research spans disciplines, employing a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of youth. Through testing interventions, studying social forces, and catalyzing behavior change, The program's research aims to underpin policy and programs to advance the health of youth. Click here to view Ci3 research