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. Sadia Haider’s program of research is focused on decreasing reproductive health disparities for postpartum women, adolescents, and other underserved populations through a multi-disciplinary approach.  Using a health services approach, Dr. Haider’s research aims to create novel ways in which to reach women to improve contraception provision with the goal of decreasing unintended pregnancies. Click here to learn more about Dr. Haider’s research efforts.

 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.

 Dr. Melissa Gilliam’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, Dr. Gilliam’s research aims to underpin policy and programs to advance the health of youth. Click here to view Ci3 research

Dr. Amber Truehart’s research focuses on the reproductive health of adolescent girls. She is conducting a pilot study evaluating the use of a decision aid  called the “tangible contraception tool” used during adolescent contraception counseling to explore patient and provider perspectives on the use of this decision aid for contraceptive decision-making.  She is developing and evaluating a contraceptive screening and referral tool for pediatric subspecialists who take care of medically complicated adolescent girls. Dr. Truehart is the site-PI for a multi-site retrospective study collecting data on the rate of recurrence (ipsilateral and contralateral) of benign ovarian neoplasms after surgery in the pediatric population.


Sadia Haider, MD, MPH

Chief of the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology The University of Chicago