My program of research is focused on understanding the factors that influence the health, wellbeing and livelihood of low-income and women of color who I am fortunate enough to serve clinically at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. 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.
Honors and Awards
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
The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States.
Comparison of risk and protective factors for preterm birth in rural, suburban, and urban Fresno County, California
Using Index of Concentration at the Extremes as Indicators of Structural Racism to Evaluate the Association with Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality-California, 2011-2012.
Health care experiences of pregnant, birthing and postnatal women of color at risk for preterm birth.
A Novel Method for Involving Women of Color at High Risk for Preterm Birth in Research Priority Setting.
Making the case for innovative reentry employment programs: previously incarcerated women as birth doulas - a case study.
Retrospective Evaluation of the Procedural Sedation Practices of Expert Nurses During Abortion Care.
Illness Narratives of African Americans Living With Coronary Heart Disease: A Critical Interactionist Analysis.
Letter to the Editor, re: article "Factors influencing women's satisfaction with surgical abortion" by Tilles, Denny, Cansino and Creinin.
Evaluation of the East Bay Community Birth Support Project, a Community-Based Program to Decrease Recidivism in Previously Incarcerated Women.
Radical or routine? Nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and physician assistants as abortion providers.
Trans-health in practice simple ways to be welcoming supporting and caring with the non binary community
A comparison of the cyclic variation in serum levels of CA125 across the menstrual cycle using two commercial assays.