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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

Miller, W., Jennifer S. Barber, and Paul Schulz. Forthcoming. "Do perceptions of their partners' childbearing desires affect young women's pregnancy risk? Further study of ambivalence." Population Studies. NIHMSID: NIHMS831396. DOI.

Wu, J., Yasamin Kusunoki, Elizabeth Ela, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2016. "Patterns of Contraceptive Consistency among Young Adult Women in Southeastern Michigan: Longitudinal Findings Based on Journal Data." Women's Health Issues, 26(3): 305-312. PMCID: PMC5130410. DOI. Abstract.

Hayford, S., K. Guzzo, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2016. "Perceived Costs and Benefits of Early Childbearing: New Dimensions and Predictive Power." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 48(2): 83-91. PMCID: PMC4909541. DOI. Abstract.

Barber, Jennifer S., Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Paul Schulz. 2016. "Participation in an Intensive Longitudinal Study with Weekly Web Surveys Over 2.5 Years." Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(6): e105. PMCID: PMC4937177. DOI. Abstract.

Kusunoki, Yasamin, Jennifer S. Barber, Elizabeth Ela, and A. Bucek. 2016. "Black-White Differences in Sex and Contraceptive Use Among Young Women." Demography, 53(5): 1399-1428. PMCID: PMC5050155. DOI. Abstract.

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.

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Current PSC Trainees:

Abiodun Azeez, Anne Clark, Davis Daumler, Elizabeth Ela, Elly Field.