Jennifer S. Barber
Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
Research Professor, Survey Research Center.
Associate Chair, Sociology.
Ph.D., Sociology, Pennsylvania State University
Research Interests: 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.
Barber, Jennifer S., Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Jamie Budnick. Forthcoming. "The Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence and the Risk of Pregnancy during the Transition to Adulthood." American Sociological Review.
Moseson, Heidi, Christine Dehlendorf, Caitlin Gerdts, Eric Vittinghoff, Robert A. Hiatt, and Jennifer S. Barber. Forthcoming. "No one to turn to: low social support and the incidence of undesired pregnancy in the United States." Contraception.
Miller, Warren B., Jennifer S. Barber, and Heather Gatny. Forthcoming. "Mediation Models of Pregnancy Desires and Unplanned Pregnancy in Young, Unmarried Women." Journal of Biosocial Science.
Weitzman, Abigail, Jennifer S. Barber, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Paula England. 2017. "Desire for and to Avoid Pregnancy During the Transition to Adulthood." Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(4): 1060-1075.
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