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., Elizabeth Ela, Heather Gatny, Yasamin Kusunoki, Souhiela Fakih, Peter Rakesh Batra, and Karen Farris. Forthcoming. "Contraceptive Desert? Black-White Differences in Characteristics of Nearby Pharmacies." Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
Weitzman, Abigail, Jennifer S. Barber, and Yasamin Kusunoki. Forthcoming. "Sexual Concurrency and Contraceptive Use Among Young Adult Women." Demography.
Guzzo, Karen Benjamin, Sarah R. Hayford, Vanessa Wanner Lang, Hsueh-Sheng Wu, Jennifer S. Barber, and Yasamin Kusunoki. 2019. "Dimensions of Reproductive Attitudes and Knowledge Related to Unintended Childbearing Among U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults." Demography, 56(1): 201-228.
Gatny, Heather, Yasmin Kusunoki, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2018. "Pregnancy scares and change in contraceptive use." Contraception, 98(4): 260-265.
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