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Jessica D. Gipson

Fred H. Bixby Chair in Population and Reproductive Health
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Director, Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health
Faculty Affiliate, California Center for Population Research


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Community Health SciencesFull Time
Contact Information

Room 46-071A CHS

Areas of Interest: 

Global sexual and reproductive health; maternal health; fertility preferences; male and female contraceptive methods; unintended pregnancy; abortion; HIV/AIDS; influence of gender and socio-cultural context on couple communication, reproductive decision-making and outcomes; mixed-method research.

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
MPH, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
BS, Anthropology, University of California - Los Angeles
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
DrPH Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

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: 

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.

Bornstein M*, Gipson JD, Bleck R*, Sridhar A, Berger A*. (2019) Perceptions of pregnancy and contraceptive use: An in-depth study of women in Los Angeles methadone clinics. Women’s Health Issues. Mar - Apr;29(2):176-181. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2018.10.004.

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.

Wiles M*, Agustin S, Narasimhan S*, Gipson JD. (2018) Reproductive consequences of unwanted sexual debut among young adult women from Metro Cebu, Philippines. Health Care for Women International. Apr 18:1-18. DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2018.1464574.

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)

Gipson JD, Upchurch DM. (2017) Do the status and empowerment of mothers predict their daughters’ reproductive outcomes? BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. 17(Suppl 2): 348. doi:  10.1186/s12884-017-1497-z

Massey PM, Boansi RK, Gipson JD, Adams RM*, Riess H*, Dieng T, Prelip ML, Glik DC. (2017) Examining HPV awareness and vaccine receptivity among Senegalese adolescents. Tropical Medicine and International Health.22(1): 113-121.

Gipson JD, Hicks AL. (2016) The delinking of sex and marriage: Pathways to fertility among young Filipino women. Journal of Biosocial Science. Jan 26:1-14.

Tsuyuki K, Gipson JD, Urada L, Barbosa R, Morisky D. (2016) Dual protection to address the global syndemic of HIV and unintended pregnancy in women: Factors associated with condom use and dual method use in Brazil. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2015-101175.

Preciado MA, Krull JL, Hicks AL, 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

Gipson JD, Gyaltsen K, Gyal L, Kyi T, Hicks AL, Pebley AR. (2015) Tibetan women's perspectives and satisfaction with delivery care in a rural birth center. International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 129(3):244-7.

Gyaltsen K, Gyal L, Gipson JD, Kyi T, and Pebley AR. (2014) Maternal health care in rural Tibetan areas: A three-level approach. Reproductive Health Matters 22(44): 164-173.

Cheng CH, Gipson JD, Perez TL, Cochran SD. (2014) Same-sex behavior and health indicators of sexually experienced Filipino young adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Nov 22.

Glik D, Massey PM, Gipson JD, Dieng T, Rideau A, and Prelip M. (2014) Health-related media use among youth audiences in Senegal. Health Promotion International Aug 11.

Eeckhaut MCW, Sweeney MM, and Gipson JD. (2014) Who is using long-acting reversible contraceptive methods? Findings from nine countries. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46(3): 149-155.

Upadhyay UD, Gipson JD, Withers M, Lewis S, Ciaraldi EJ, Fraser A, Huchko MJ, and Prata N. (2014) Women's empowerment and fertility: A review of the literature. Social Science and Medicine 115: 111-120.

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

Gipson JD, Gultiano SA, Avila JL, and Hindin MJ. (2012) Old ideals and new realities: the changing context of young people's partnerships in Cebu, Philippines. Culture, Health & Sexuality; 14(6): 613-627. 

Gipson JD, Becker D, Mishtal JZ, and Norris AH. (2011) Conducting Collaborative Abortion Research In International Settings . Women's Health Issues; 21 (3, Suppl 1): S58-S62. 

Gipson JD, Hossain MB, and Koenig MA. (2011) Measurement, levels, and trends of unintended birth in Bangladesh, 1983-2000. Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition; 29(4): 400-405. 

Gipson JD and Santelli JS. (2011) Unplanned and assisted conception pregnancies. British Medical Journal; 343(d4996). 

Gipson JD, Hirz AE, and Avila J. (2011) Perceptions and Practices of Illegal Abortion among Young Adults in a Metropolitan Area of Philippines: A Qualitative Study. Studies in Family Planning; 42(4): 261-272. 

Gipson JD, Muntifering CJ, Chauwa FK, Taulo F, Tsui AO, and Hindin MJ. (2010) Assessing the Importance of Gender Roles in Couples’ Home-Based Sexual Health Services in Malawi. African Journal of Reproductive Health; 14(4): 63-73. 

Gipson JD and Hindin MJ. (2009) The effect of husbands' and wives' fertility preferences on the likelihood of a subsequent pregnancy, Bangladesh 1998-2003. Population Studies; 63(2): 135-146. 

Gipson JD and 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; 98(10): 1-6. 

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

Gipson JD and Hindin MJ. (2007) 'Marriage means having children and forming your family, so what is the need of discussion?' Communication and negotiation of childbearing preferences among Bangladeshi couples. Culture, Health, and Sexuality; 9(2): 185-198.