NICHD Health Equity Seminar Series: Moving Toward Reproductive Health Equity: Implications of Unintended Pregnancy

Building 31, Room 2A32
NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland
June 11, 2014

Speaker Biosketches

Kathryn Kost, Ph.D., is a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute. As a social demographer, Dr. Kost’s research has addressed a range of topics crucial for understanding reproductive behaviors and trends in the United States, including unintended pregnancy and contraceptive failure rates. Dr. Kost is currently Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded study to advance understanding of the consequences for births from unintended pregnancies, by using new methods for analysis of national-level data, exploring other measures of pregnancy desire, and expanding the investigation to men’s childbearing intentions. She also leads the Guttmacher Institute’s domestic surveillance work producing statistics on unintended pregnancy for all 50 states and on teen pregnancy at the national and state levels.

Tina Raine-Bennett, M.D., M.P.H., is a senior research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Division of Research (DOR). She is a Board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist with special interest in adolescent risk behaviors and reproductive health. Dr. Raine-Bennett’s research has focused on elucidating factors that influence contraceptive choice and continuation. In her position as Research Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at KPNC, she focuses on expanding research on women's health within the DOR and translating women’s health research into clinical practice within the Ob/Gyn departments in Northern California.  Dr. Raine-Bennett is also currently a volunteer clinical faculty member at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she was formerly a professor and the Medical Director of the New Generation Health Center, a UCSF affiliate site that seeks to help teens and young women avoid unintended pregnancy. 

Jeffrey F. Peipert, M.D., Ph.D., is Robert J. Terry Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Research at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Peipert has established himself as a leader in the fields of contraception and infectious diseases in women’s health. Dr. Peipert is the Principal Investigator of the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, one of the largest contraceptive cohort studies ever conducted in the United States. CHOICE provided no-cost contraception to a cohort of 9,256 women in the St. Louis region and demonstrated how long-active reversible contraception can reduce unintended pregnancies. He is the current president of the Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served on numerous national and international grant review panels, including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He has just been appointed to the position of deputy editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D., is chief of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and associate professor in Pediatrics with tenure at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Trained in medical anthropology as well as internal medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Miller’s research has examined the nexus of adolescent and women’s health with gender-based violence, focusing on underserved youth populations including pregnant and parenting teens, foster, homeless, and gang-affiliated youth. Her current community-partnered research examines the impact of gender-based violence on young women’s reproductive health, including among Native American women. Dr. Miller teaches courses in community health and advocacy as well as knowledge translation (i.e., moving research into policy and practice). She has participated in numerous legislative hearings related to protecting adolescent confidentiality, adolescent reproductive health, and relationship abuse. 

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