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Jennifer S. Barber

Research Professor, 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, Heather Gatny, and Robert Melendez. Forthcoming. "Physical Intimate Partner Violence and Contraceptive Behaviors Among Young Women." Journal of Women's Health. DOI. Abstract.

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. DOI. Abstract.

Barber, Jennifer S., Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Robert Melendez. 2017. "The Relationship Context of Young Pregnancies." Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, 35: 175-198.

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. DOI. Abstract.

Miller, W., Jennifer S. Barber, and Paul Schulz. 2017. "Do perceptions of their partners' childbearing desires affect young women's pregnancy risk? Further study of ambivalence." Population Studies, 71(1): 101-116. PMCID: PMC5315631. 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.

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