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My research interests include childbearing intentions, behaviors, and consequences of various reproductive experiences for individuals and couples. I am interested in reproductive experiences and barriers such as infertility and pregnancy loss; attitudes about parenthood and pregnancy plans; and mental health and relationship consequences. For example, I have examined how the experience of stillbirth impacts women’s mental health and divorce risk. I am also interested in work and family issues, including how parents navigate work and family demands. Though much of my work to date has focused on adults, I am currently studying reproductive and contraceptive attitudes and behaviors among teens as well.
For more information about my background, please visit my profile at OSU.
My research focuses on the interrelationships between social structures, cognitive processes and behavior in relation to human fertility. In my dissertation, I examine the predictors and consequences of ambivalent pregnancy intentions for first births using cross-survey multiple imputation methods to simultaneously analyze three nationally representative datasets as one complete data source (NSFG, NSFB and Add Health). Currently, I am also involved in research projects in two other fertility related areas: infertility help seeking and sexual satisfaction.