Monica Mclemore, PhD, MPH, RN

Associate Professor
Campus Phone
Address Postal

2 Koret Way, Rm 431H
UCSF Box 0606
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

At the University of California, San Francisco, Monica McLemore is a tenured associate professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department, an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. She retired from clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse after a 28-year clinical nursing career. Her program of research is focused on understanding reproductive health and justice. She has 49 peer reviewed articles, OpEds and commentaries and her research has been cited in the Huffington Post, Lavender Health, two amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, and a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report. Her work has appeared in publications such as Dame Magazine, Politico, ProPublica/NPR and she made a voice appearance in Terrance Nance’s HBO series Random Acts of Flyness. Her work was published in the 2019 Future of Medicine edition of Scientific American as a data visualization project entitled How To Fix Maternal Mortality: The First Step is to stop blaming women. She is an elected member of the governing council for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) section of the American Public Health Association and is incoming chair-elect of the SRH section. She is the recipient of numerous awards and was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October, 2019.

Her program of research is focused on understanding the factors that influence the health, wellbeing and livelihood of low-income and people of color. Using the intersectional human rights middle range theory called reproductive Justice (RJ), enables me to design rigorous studies that answer novel and complex research questions because RJ is simultaneously a theory, practice and a strategy that is grounded in four principles. Simply put, RJ posits that every person has the right to decide if and when to become pregnant and to determine the conditions under which they will birth. Next, every person has the right to decide they will not become pregnant or have a baby and options for preventing or ending pregnancy are accessible and available. Third, individuals have the right parent children they already have with dignity and has the necessary social supports in safe environments and health communities without fear of violence from individuals or the government. Finally, individuals have the right to disassociate sex from reproduction and that health sexuality and pleasure are essential components to whole and full human life.
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2019
Excellence in Leadership, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, 2019
Thomas N. Burnbridge Public Service Award, UCSF Office of the Chancellor, 2019
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
BSN, 1993 - Nursing, The College of New Jersey
CA-125 Antigen
Abortion, Induced
Abortion, Legal