Abigail R.A. Aiken, Doctoral Student and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellow, University of Texas at AustinAbigail Aiken is a physician with an interest in demography and reproductive health. She received her doctorate from the University of Cambridge and her Master in Public Health from Harvard University. As a current doctoral student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Population Research Center, she is highly involved in the Postpartum Contraception Study, the estimation of the impact of the family planning cuts on unintended pregnancy and the family planning clinic survey.
Her previous work has similarly combined her medical background with a population health focus. She has worked on projects investigating pregnancy intentions and contraceptive use at the U.S.-Mexico border, examining the relationship between high fertility and later-life health, studying the association between breastfeeding and endometriosis risk, and assessing contraceptive use among HIV-patients and their partners at a major UK hospital.
Abigail has been at UT since 2010, and has served as a teaching assistant with the university’s undergraduate signature course on global inequalities and health. Outside school, she can usually be found training for her goal of running a half marathon in every state, watching football (Go Longhorns, Go Texans!), visiting her family in Northern Ireland or teaching her guinea pigs new tricks.