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Family Planning Research

The clinical and public health faculty in the Division of Family Planning are responsible for the direct supervision and teaching of resident physicians and medical students in the clinical setting. UC Irvine is a site for the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Abortion and Family Planning. All clinical faculty are fellowship trained in family planning and board certified in obstetrics and gynecology by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Our faculty participate in lectures, grand rounds presentations, journal clubs and national presentations. Division members belong to the UC Irvine Speakers Bureau, national family planning work groups, and lectures to local, regional, and national audiences.

We aim to produce high-quality research that ensures women receive evidence-based family planning care and have intended and healthy pregnancies. The family planning studies and quality improvement activities work under the premise that research done in an interdisciplinary manner yields more insightful, useful information. As such, the faculty have developed multiple, broad-reaching collaborations.

For further information contact:

Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, PhD, MPH
Director, Family Planning Research Program

2017 studies

Exploring the Relationship Between Family Violence and Reproductive Life Planning Among Women Dependent on Opioids.
Partners: UCI Initiative to End Family Violence, Orange County Needle Exchange Program and UC Irvine Department of Emergency Medicine

This exploratory study aims to describe the interrelationships between relationship violence, unplanned pregnancy, and substance use these issues among at-risk women attending a needle exchange program.

Symposium on Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive Coercion and Family Planning, June 2, 2017.
Principal Investigator: Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, PhD, MPH
Partners: UCI Initiative to End Family Violence and Orange County Women’s Health Project

This symposium aimed to identify local gaps and resources, develop collaborative projects and strengthen inter-agency linkages to address family planning needs among women experiencing intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion.

Improving Care for Women Facing the End of a Desired Pregnancy: Nurses’ Perceptions and Care of Women on a Labor & Delivery Unit.

Partners: UC Irvine School of Nursing, UC Irvine Department of Sociology. The undergraduate student team won the Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) Symposium Poster Award in May 2017.

California OB-GYN resident use of mobile apps.   
Burns R, Simon-Freeman R. A Survey of Mobile App Use Among California Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents. Obstetrics & Gynecology: May 2017. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000514947.40973.52

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UCI - Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino counties studies.
Principal Investigator: Jennefer Russo, MD, MPH

  • Post-abortion LARC discontinuation
  • Ectopic Pregnancy Study: How Location of Care Affects Length of Time to Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Evaluation of a comprehensive intervention to increase IUC and implant insertions

Collaborations and network membership

  • University of California Family Planning Collaborative
    • Contraception for women with complex medical conditions
    • Abortion complications
  • UC Irvine School of Law Reproductive Justice Initiative
  • UC Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment. Collaboration with Signature Program on Campus Sexual Assault
  • Society of Family Planning Abortion Clinical Trial Network
  • UC Irvine Masters of Public Health internship site