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Jessica D. Gipson

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences


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; family planning; 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; gaining a more holistic understanding of 'unintended pregnancy', as well as the disconnect between reproductive preferences and behavior and potential social and health repercussions; capturing 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 247: Population Change and Public Policy
CHS 200: Global Health Problems
CHS 431: Foundations of Reproductive Health
Selected Publications: 

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.

Hindin MJ, Tuncalp O, Gerdts C, Gipson JD,  Say L. (2016) Monitoring adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Bulletin of World Health Organization. 2016; 94:159. doi: http// 

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

Gyaltsen K, Gipson JD, Gyal L, Kyi T, Hicks AL, Pebley AR. (2015) Maternal health care seeking by rural Tibetan women: Characteristics of women delivering at a newly-constructed birth center in western China. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. 15:225. DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0634-9

Shimamoto K and Gipson JD. (2015) The relationship of women's status and empowerment with skilled birth attendant use in Senegal and Tanzania. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. 15:154. DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0591-3

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.

Gipson JD and Hindin MJ. (2014) Intergenerational relationships between women's fertility, aspirations for their children's education, and college completion in the Philippines. Journal of Biosocial Science. July 1-20.

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.

Ong H, Gipson JD, Yan F, Yang C, Mao M, Chang YJ, Seto E, Wang MC. (2013) The implications of rapid economic growth for health-related behaviors and chronic metabolic diseases: An exploratory study in post-earthquake West China. Journal of Global Health Perspectives; April 19, 1-12.

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.