Monica Mclemore, PhD, MPH, RN

Assistant Professor


My program of research is focused on understanding the factors that contribute to inequities in women’s reproductive health and justice. The goals of my research are three fold: 1) to improve patient outcomes, 2) to improve access to care, and 3) to improve patients’ experiences of their care. Reproductive Justice (RJ) is an intersectional framework that posits individuals have a right to abortion, a right to parent, a right to parent the children they have, and a right to disassociate sex from reproduction (Ross & Sollinger, 2017). This framework is the roadmap that guides all of my research, which can be categorized into four content areas area, namely, interrogating the context and content of care, evaluating providers of care, determining baselines of quality care, and generating evidence to inform policies that impact care.


Honors and Awards

Person of the Year, Abortion Care Network, 2018
Agent - Provocateur of the Year Award, The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health, 2017
Amazing Women in Reproductive Health, Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, 2017
Margretta Madden Styles Award, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, 2017
PTBi - RAP grant, University of California, San Francisco, 2016-2018
Hellman Family Awards for Early Career Faculty, Hellman Family Fellows Fund, 2015-2017
Speaking Race to Power Fellow, CoreAlign, 2015-2016
School of Nursing Intramural Research Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2015-2016
Excellence in Teaching Award, American College of Nurse Midwifery, 2015
Research Grant, Anonymous Funder, 2015
Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, 2015
CTSI - RAP grant, University of California, San Francisco, 2014-2015
Leadership Hall of Fame Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, Alpha Eta Chapter, 2014
Innovations in Reentry Grantee, Alameda County Public Health Department, 2013-2015
Research Grant, Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society in Nursing, 2013-2014
Dean's Initiative, University of California San Francisco, 2013-2014
CTSI - RAP grant, University of California, San Francisco, 2013-2014
Research Grant, Anonymous Funder, 2013


McLemore MR, Altman MR, Cooper N, Williams S, Rand L, Franck L. Health care experiences of pregnant, birthing and postnatal women of color at risk for preterm birth. Soc Sci Med. 2018 03; 201:127-135.
Franck LS, McLemore MR, Cooper N, De Castro B, Gordon AY, Williams S, Williams S, Rand L. A Novel Method for Involving Women of Color at High Risk for Preterm Birth in Research Priority Setting. J Vis Exp. 2018 Jan 12; (131).
Sarp Aksel MD Montefiore Medical Center, Lauren Broussard MSW, MPH DrPH(c) Columbia University, Meghan Eagen-Torkko PhD, CNM University of Washington, Bothell, Cynthia Greenlee PhD Independent scholar, Grace Howard PhD University of Southern Indiana, Frances E. Likis DrPH, NP, CNM Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health and Vanderbilt University, Monica McLemore PhD, MPH, RN University of California, San Francisco, Ghazaleh Moayedi, DO University of Hawai?i, Ashish Premkumar MD Northwestern University, Jessica Roach MPH(c) Independent scholar, Mona Shattell PhD, RN, FAAN Rush University and Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, Jenna Shaw-Battista PhD, CNM University of California, Davis, Diane Tober PhD University of California, San Francisco and Michelle Wright PhD, RN Emory University. . The Structure Of Scientific Devolutions: An Open Letter From Concerned Scholars. 2017.
Roberts, S, Premkumar, A, McLemore M. The CDC’s Language Ban Is More Than an Attack on Words—It’s an Attack on Basic Public Health Values. Rewire. 2017.
Roach, J, Wingard, DL, McLemore, M.. Ohio Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice. 2017.
Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu (University of California at San Francisco); Dr. Sarp Aksel (Montefiore Medical Center, New York); Dr. Jessica Draughon Moret (Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California at Davis); Dr. Meghan Eagen-Torkko (University of Washington at Bothell); Yonah EtShalom, clinician and public health advocate (MSN, FNP); Dr. Monica R. McLemore (University of California at San Francisco); Dr. Ashish Premkumar (Northwestern University); Jessica Roach (MPH and public health advocate); Dr. Mona Shattell (Rush University); and Dr. Stephanie Tillman (University of Illinois at Chicago).. Who is the ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ Protecting?. Rewire. 2017.
Asiodu, I., Baltzell, K., Chen, A., Eagen-Torkko, M., Fuentes, L., Ghedi-Ehrlich, E., Greenlee, C., McLemore, M., Shattell, M., & Taylor, D.. Why Graham-Cassidy is a disaster for reproductive health and an assault on reproductive justice. 2017.
McLemore MR, Warner Hand Z. Making the case for innovative reentry employment programs: previously incarcerated women as birth doulas - a case study. Int J Prison Health. 2017 Sep 11; 13(3-4):219-227.
Taylor, D. Olshansky, EF, Johnson Mallard, V, Woods, NF, McLemore, MR, Shattell, M. (2017 July 23). . How Repealing the Affordable Care Act Threatens Women, Families, and Health. 2017.
McLemore MR, Aztlan EA. Retrospective Evaluation of the Procedural Sedation Practices of Expert Nurses During Abortion Care. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Sep - Oct; 46(5):755-763.
Baltzell K, McLemore M, Shattell M, Rankin S. Impacts on Global Health from Nursing Research. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Apr; 96(4):765-766.
McLemore MR, Levi AJ. Expanding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Through Nursing Education. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Sep - Oct; 46(5):e149-e156.
Burton CW, McLemore MR, Perry L, Carrick J, Shattell M. Social Media Awareness and Implications in Nursing Leadership. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2016 Nov; 17(4):187-197.
Aztlan-James EA, McLemore M, Taylor D. Multiple Unintended Pregnancies in U.S. Women: A Systematic Review. Womens Health Issues. 2017 Jul - Aug; 27(4):407-413.
Dubbin L, McLemore M, Shim JK. Illness Narratives of African Americans Living With Coronary Heart Disease: A Critical Interactionist Analysis. Qual Health Res. 2017 Mar; 27(4):497-508.
McLemore MR, Desai S, James EA, Taylor D. Letter to the Editor, re: article "Factors influencing women's satisfaction with surgical abortion" by Tilles, Denny, Cansino and Creinin. Contraception. 2016 Apr; 93(4):372.
Taylor, D, McLemore M, Burton C, Hagan, T, Shattell, M.. Nurses Oppose Political Interference in Reproductive Health Care. Huffington Post Tech. 2016.
McLemore, M., Baltzell, K., Burton, C., Shattell, M., Taylor, D.. 'Mid-Level and Primary Care 'Providers': Nomenclature that Stings. Huffington Post Tech. 2016.
Perry, L., Carrick, J., McLemore, M., Burton, C., Apold, S., & Shattell, M. . How to infuse social media into a conference of tech-naive attendees. Huffington Post. 2015.
Taylor, D., McLemore, M., Burton, C., Olshansky, E., Berg, J., Levi, A., Woods, N., & Shattell, M. . Missouri shreds academic freedom. Huffington Post Tech. 2015.
Stanley D, Sata N, Oparah JC, McLemore MR. Evaluation of the East Bay Community Birth Support Project, a Community-Based Program to Decrease Recidivism in Previously Incarcerated Women. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec; 44(6):743-50.
Shattell, M., McLemore, M.R., Burton, C. . Scientists Should Contribute to, Not Shun, Social Media. Huffington Post Tech. 2015.
Freedman L, Battistelli MF, Gerdts C, McLemore M. Radical or routine? Nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and physician assistants as abortion providers. Reprod Health Matters. 2015 May; 23(45):90-2.
McLemore, M., Burton, C., & Shattell, M.. What’s sexual orientation got to do with it? LGBTQI reproductive health. Lavender Health. 2015.
Burton, C., McLemore, M., & Shattell, M. . Trans-health in practice simple ways to be welcoming supporting and caring with the non binary community. Lavender Health. 2015.
Shattell, M., McLemore, M., & Burton, C.. Twitter basics: Five simple steps to get you started. Huffington Post Tech. 2015.
McLemore, M., Burton, C., & Shattell, M. . What are the five best practices for tweeting from conferences. Huffington Post Tech. 2015.
Burton, C., McLemore, M., Shattell, M. Why Nurses Need Twitter. Huffington Post Tech. 2015.
McLemore MR, Kools S, Levi AJ. Calculus formation: nurses' decision-making in abortion-related care. Res Nurs Health. 2015 Jun; 38(3):222-31.
McLemore MR, Levi A, James EA. Recruitment and retention strategies for expert nurses in abortion care provision. Contraception. 2015 Jun; 91(6):474-9.
McLemore MR, Miaskowski C, Lee K, Chen LM, Aouizerat BE. Differences in the Molecular Species of CA125 Across the Phases of the Menstrual Cycle. Biol Res Nurs. 2016 Jan; 18(1):23-30.
McLemore MR, Desai S, Freedman L, James EA, Taylor D. Women know best--findings from a thematic analysis of 5,214 surveys of abortion care experience. Womens Health Issues. 2014 Nov-Dec; 24(6):594-9.
McLemore M, Levi A. Nurses and care of women seeking abortions, 1971 to 2011. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2011 Nov-Dec; 40(6):672-7.
McLemore MR, Aouizerat BE, Lee KA, Chen LM, Cooper B, Tozzi M, Miaskowski C. A comparison of the cyclic variation in serum levels of CA125 across the menstrual cycle using two commercial assays. Biol Res Nurs. 2012 Jul; 14(3):250-6.
McLemore MR, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE, Chen LM, Dodd MJ. Epidemiological and genetic factors associated with ovarian cancer. Cancer Nurs. 2009 Jul-Aug; 32(4):281-8; quiz 289-90.
McLemore MR, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE, Chen LM, Dodd M. Rules of tumor cell development and their application to biomarkers for ovarian cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2008 May; 35(3):403-9.
McLemore MR. Gardasil: Introducing the new human papillomavirus vaccine. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2006 Oct; 10(5):559-60.
McLemore MR. Workplace aggression: beginning a dialogue. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2006 Aug; 10(4):455-6.
McLemore MR. The role of the data safety monitoring board: why was the Avastin phase III clinical trial stopped? Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2006 Apr; 10(2):153-4.
McLemore MR, Aouizerat B. Introducing the MUC16 gene: implications for prevention and early detection in epithelial ovarian cancer. Biol Res Nurs. 2005 Apr; 6(4):262-7.
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