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.
Kusunoki, Yasamin, and Jennifer S. Barber. Forthcoming. "Intimate relationship dynamics and Women's expected control over sex and contraception." Contraception.
Barber, Jennifer S., Warren Miller, Yasamin Kusunoki, Sarah R. Hayford, and Karen Benjamin Guzzo. 2019. "Intimate Relationship Dynamics and Changing Desire for Pregnancy Among Young Women." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 51(3): 143-152.
Clark, Anne, Yasamin Kusunoki, and Jennifer S. Barber. 2019. "How Does Residential Mobility Affect Sex and Contraceptive Use during Women's Transition to Adulthood?" (Under Review)
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.
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