Jessica Gipson

Dr. Gipson's work focuses on reproductive health, mostly in lower-income settings. Her research incorporates both qualitative and quantitative research methods to investigate reproductive health and reproductive decision-making among women and couples. Broad research interests include: understanding the formation, negotiation, and realization of individual and couple-level fertility preferences; measuring correlates and consequences of disconnects between reproductive preferences and sexual and reproductive health outcomes; examining the influence of gender, gender norms, and socio-cultural context on couple communication, reproductive decision-making and reproductive outcomes.


  • PhD, Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • MPH, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
  • BS, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Areas of Interest

  • Abortion
  • Global sexual and reproductive health
  • Maternal health
  • Fertility preferences
  • Male and female contraceptive methods
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Influence of gender and socio-cultural context on couple communication, reproductive decision-making and outcomes
  • Mixed-methods research design and methods
  • Qualitative research

Selected Courses

  • CHS 211A: Health Program Planning
  • CHS M228: Introduction to Mixed Methods Research
  • CHS 247: Population Change and Public Policy
  • CHS 431: Foundations of Reproductive Health

Selected Publications

White K, Ordenes M, Turok D, Gipson JD, Borrero S. "(2022) Vasectomy knowledge and interest among US men who do not intend to have (more) children" American Journal of Men’s Health.

Bornstein M*, Huber-Krum S, Norris AH, Gipson JD. (2021) Infertility, perceived certainty of pregnancy, and contraceptive use in Malawi. Studies in Family Planning June; 52(2): 143-163.

Gipson JD, Bornstein M*, Berger A*, Rocca CH. (2021) Desire to avoid pregnancy and contraceptive use among female methadone patients in Los Angeles. Contraception May;103(5):322-327. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2021.01.019.

Gipson JD, Bornstein MJ*, Hindin MJ. (2020) Infertility: A Continually Neglected Component of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2020;98: 505-506.

Gipson, JD, Uysal J*, Narasimhan S*, Gultiano S. (2020) Using Systematic Anomalous Case Analysis to Examine Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes in the Philippines. Studies in Family Planning. 51(2): 139-159.

Shimamoto K*, Gipson JD. (2019) Investigating pathways linking women's status and empowerment to skilled attendance at birth in Tanzania: A structural equation modeling approach. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0212038.

Foster DG, Biggs MA, Raifman S, Gipson JD, Kimport K, Rocca CH. (2018) Comparison of Health, Development, Maternal Bonding, and Poverty Among Children Born After Denial of Abortion vs After Pregnancies Subsequent to an Abortion. JAMA Pediatrics. Published online September 04, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1785.

Hirz AE*, Avila JL, Gipson JD. (2017) The role of men in induced abortion decision-making in an urban area of the Philippines. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 138(3):267-271. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.12211 (IJGO Editor Top Pick)

Preciado MA*, Krull JL, Hicks AL, and Gipson JD.  (2016) Using a Dyadic Logistic Multilevel Model to Analyze Couple Data. Contraception. 2016 Feb; 93(2): 113-8. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2015.09.001

Gyaltsen K, Gyal L, Gipson JD, Kyi T, Pebley AR. (2014) Reducing high maternal mortality rates in western China: a novel approach. Reproductive Health Matters 22(44):164–173. doi: 10.1016/S0968-8080(14)44802-X.

Upadhyay UD, Gipson JD, Withers M, Lewis S, Ciaraldi EJ*, Fraser A, Huchko MJ, Prata N. (2014) Women’s empowerment and fertility: A review of the literature. Social Science & Medicine 115(2014): 111-120.  doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.014.

Gipson JD, Hicks AL, Gultiano SA. (2014) Gendered differences in the predictors of sexual initiation among young adults in Cebu, Philippines. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(5):599-605.

Gipson JD, Hirz A*, Avila J. (2011). Perceptions and practices of illegal abortion among urban young adults in the Philippines: a qualitative study. Studies in Family Planning, 42(4):261-272. PMID: 22292245.

Gipson JD, Hindin MJ (2008). Having another child would be a life or death situation for her”: Understanding pregnancy termination among couples in rural Bangladesh. American Journal of Public Health, October 98(10): 1827-32.
doi:10.2105/AJPH.2007.129262. Epub 2008 Aug 13.

Gipson JD, Koenig MA, Hindin MJ (2008). The effects of unintended pregnancy on infant, child, and parental health: A review of the literature. Studies in Family Planning, March 39(1): 18-38. PMID: 18540521