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Jennifer S. Barber

Research Professor, Population Studies Center.

Associate Director, Population Studies Center.

Co-Director, Postdoctoral Program, Population Studies Center.

Director of Graduate Training, Population Studies Center.

Coordinator, Social Demography, Population Studies Center.

Research Professor, Survey Research Center.

Associate Chair, Sociology.

Professor, Sociology.

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Barber's research is conducted at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy. She recently completed an NICHD-funded intensive longitudinal project, the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life study, that collected weekly data on 1,000 18- and 19-year-old women for 2.5 years, along with semi-structured interview data, observational data, and administrative data. The RDSL study identifies the types of attitudes, relationship characteristics, and contraceptive practices that affect early and/or unintended pregnancy. Barber also recently completed a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting – in this case a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit and a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeastern Michigan.

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Journal Articles

Kusunoki, Yasamin, Jennifer S. Barber, Elizabeth Ela, and A. Bucek. Forthcoming. "Race and other sociodemographic differences in sex and contraceptive use among young women." Demography.

Barber, Jennifer S., Heather Gatny, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Paul Schulz. 2016. "Effects of intensive longitudinal data collection on pregnancy and contraceptive use." International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 19(2): 205-222. PMCID: PMC4714797. DOI. Abstract.

Fakih, S., P. Batra, Heather Gatny, Yasamin Kusunoki, Jennifer S. Barber, and K. Farris. 2015. "Young women's perceptions and experiences with contraception supply in community pharmacies." Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 55(3): 255-264. PMCID: PMC4578300. DOI. Abstract.

Barber, Jennifer S., Jennifer Eckerman Yarger, and Heather Gatny. 2015. "Black-White Differences in Attitudes Related to Pregnancy Among Young Women." Demography, 52(3): 751-786. PMCID: PMC4576914. DOI. Abstract.

Chang, Tammy, Matthew Davis, Yasamin Kusunoki, Elizabeth Ela, Kelli Stidham Hall, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2015. "Sexual Behavior and Contraceptive Use among 18- to 19-Year-Old Adolescent Women by Weight Status: A Longitudinal Analysis." Journal of Pediatrics, 167(3): :586-592. PMCID: PMC4559226. DOI. Abstract.

Hall, Kelli Stidham, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2015. "Social discrimination, stress, and risk of unintended pregnancy among young women." Journal of Adolescent Health, 56(3): 330-337. PMCID: PMC4339533. DOI. Abstract.

Gatny, Heather, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2014. "Pregnancy scares and subsequent unintended pregnancy." Demographic Research, 31(40): 1229-1242. PMCID: PMC4306576. DOI. Abstract.

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Anne Clark, Elizabeth Ela, Elly Field, Airan Liu, Abigail Weitzman.