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TxPEP Researchers


Joseph E. PotterJoseph E. Potter is the Principal Investigator of this study.  He coordinates all project components, and is highly involved in the family planning clinic surveys, the Postpartum Contraception Study, and the estimation of the demographic and economic impact of Texas' state funding cuts in women’s reproductive health services.  His research interests fall within the demographic study of fertility and contraception.

Daniel GrossmanDaniel Grossman is a Co-Investigator on the Texas Policy Evaluation Project and is involved with several aspects of the project.  These include coordinating the portion of the study focused on abortion and providing input on the Postpartum Contraception Study.  His current research at Ibis includes both clinical and social science studies aimed at improving access to contraception and safe abortion.

Kristine HopkinsKristine Hopkins is a Co-Investigator of this study.  She coordinates the survey of community college students, the two-site Postpartum Contraception Study, and the focus group study of women. She is also involved in the multi-site Postpartum Contraception study, and family planning clinic study, particularly with conducting in-depth interviews with family planning providers.

Kari WhiteKari White is a Co-Investigator on the study and is involved in coordinating the family planning clinic surveys and provider interviews.  Kari also manages the research components of assessing women’s experiences getting contraception and the impact of state funding cuts on unintended pregnancy rates.

Graduate Research Associates

Celia HuberCelia Hubert is a graduate student in Sociology and a trainee at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.   Celia Hubert has experience in policy evaluation, designing and implementing survey research, and the implementation of public policy.  In her graduate studies at The University of Texas, she is interested in the possible effects of unintended pregnancies on women’s health and well-being.

Amanda J. StevensonAmanda J. Stevenson is a graduate student researcher and trainee at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She is investigating how state and institutional policies regarding contraception and reproductive health construct and mediate the relationships between fertility, reproductive health, and socioeconomic outcomes across the lifecourse.

Affiliated Researchers

Abigail R.A. AikenAbigail R.A. Aiken is a physician and population scientist at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She investigates the measurement and meaning of unintended pregnancy, its relationship to contraceptive preferences and use, and its impacts on women, men, and families. She is involved in the Postpartum Contraception Study, the Family Planning Clinic Survey, and the Post-Abortion Contraception Study. 

Vinita Goyal Bio coming soon.

Junda Woo is a physician with an interest in reproductive health. She is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and is involved in the abortion clinic and family planning clinic surveys.


Sarah BaumSarah Baum holds a Master of Public Health degree in Reproductive Health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. She coordinates the abortion components of the project.  These include surveys for women seeking abortion services and interviews with clinics, providers and abortion funds. At Ibis Reproductive Health, she currently manages research projects to expand access to safe abortion and reproductive care.

Chloe DillawayChloe Dillaway is the Associate Project Manager of the statewide Postpartum Contraception study. She will assist with research instrument preparation and testing for the multi-site study, train and supervise interviewers and assist with IRB applications. From April 2012 through February 2014, she was a bilingual research participant interviewer for the two-site Postpartum Contraception Study.

Laura DixonLaura Dixon is the Media Liaison and Research Dissemination Manager at TxPEP. She holds a master's degree in Film Studies from Emory University and a bachelor's degree from Ohio University. She completing her PhD in Media Studies at UT Austin's Department of Radio-Television-Film with a Women's and Gender Studies certificate in May 2015, and is on leave until Fall 2015.

Liza FuentesLiza Fuentes is a Senior Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health. Her research has focused on the effects of immigration and health policies on Latina and immigrant reproductive health, clinician training in reproductive health, and abortion access. Liza is doctoral candidate at the CUNY School of Public Health and has a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

Sharon LebenkoffSharon Lebenkoff is a Research Assistant at Ibis Reproductive Health in Oakland, California.  She assists with data collection, management, and analysis for the abortion components of TxPEP, including surveys for women seeking abortion services and interviews with clinics, providers and abortion funds.  At Ibis Reproductive Health, she is currently working on a range of research projects in the US and Latin America, including a study on the impact of service delivery on abortion stigma.

Lina PalomaresLina Palomares is the Project Manager for the statewide Postpartum Contraception Study. Lina holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the The University of Texas at Austin and bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Accounting from UCLA and California State University, Los Angeles, respectively.

Jennifer Potter-Miller is the Media Liaison and Research Dissemination Manager at TxPEP. She has worked as a community organizer in Austin, Minneapolis, and Brazil, and was a program coordinator at the UT Austin Brazil Center and Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. She holds a bachelor's degree from Macalester College.

Site Investigators

Ted Held, University of Texas-Southwestern Residency Program-Austin and CommUnityCare Austin


Abbey Berenson, University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
Fran Hagerty, Women's Health and Family Planning Association of Texas
Amy Hagstrom-Miller, Whole Woman's Health
Janet Realini, Healthy Futures of Texas
Peggy Smith, Baylor College of Medicine
Sarah Wheat, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

Former GRAs and Staff

Jon Amastae, University of Texas-El Paso

Bryant photoChelsea Bryant was an Undergraduate Research Assistant at TxPEP, and graduated in May 2015 with a B.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She assisted with the administrative components of the Postpartum Contraception Study as well as the study of community college students.

Monica Chadha received a PhD in journalism at The University of Texas at Austin in May 2014. Monica oversaw the content for the website as well as other press-related content for the Texas Policy Evaluation Project from 2012 to 2013. 

Carmen Diaz de Leon, University of Texas-El Paso 

Marjorie Hartwell, UT-Austin, Summer 2013

Photo of Emily Emily Hendrick received a PhD in health education from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2015. Her research interests include understanding and reducing maternal, child, and adolescent health disparities by investigating the social determinants of women’s health behaviors and health across the life course and translating research findings to public health initiatives.

Lisa Landry is a registered nurse with an interest in reproductive rights and social justice.  She completed her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at University of Texas School of Public Health in May 2014.  She assisted with the family planning clinic in-depth interviews and management of the family planning clinic survey data during summer 2013.

Fu-An LinFu-An Lin was the TxPEP Project Manager for the study of community college students. She also coordinated data collection for other research studies at the Population Research Center; recent projects have focused on STEM pathways at the K-12 and college levels. Although new to the field of reproductive health, Fu-An has extensive experience with survey research, as well as working with institutional partners to increase response rates.

Fran Linkin completed her Master of Public Health degree in May 2013 from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University where she focused on reproductive and family health. During summer 2012, she collaborated with community organizations throughout the state of Texas to coordinate focus groups with low income women about their experiences accessing family planning services.

Natasha Mevs-Korff worked as a bilingual research participant interviewer for the two-site Postpartum Contraception Study.  Along with her co-interviewer, Chloe Dillaway, Natasha recruited 400 participants at St. David’s Hospital; she conducted follow-up interviews with each participant for 24 months following delivery. Natasha also assisted in developing research instruments and managing the PPC data.

Katie RayKatie Ray worked with TxPEP September 2012-December 2014, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.a. in government and journalism in May 2015. She assisted with administrative and organizational aspects of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, and her duties included researching legislative records relating to reproductive health.

Roque photoMaria Roque graduated in May 2015 with a B.A. in journalism and a Bridging Disciplines Program certificate in Social Inequality, Health, and Policy. As an undergraduate research assistant at TxPEP Maria worked on a SAS project that studied how parity and marital status affect women’s socioeconomic status. She was also a bilingual research participant interviewer for the Austin Postpartum Contraception Study.

Michelle Truong, UT-Austin, Summer 2013

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