Jillian T. Henderson, Ph.D., M.P.H. is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is primarily interested in research aimed at improving women's access to reproductive health services and technologies, and addressing social inequalities in health. With mentoring from leading scholars in demography and reproductive health, and training in demography, advanced statistical methods, and qualitative research, she will examine young women's reproductive health care in the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Rates of unintended pregnancy and STI acquisition are most prevalent during the transition from adolescence to adulthood, as young women become sexually active, and tend to experience major shifts in living arrangements, occupation, and relationships. In the United States, these changes may disrupt already tenuous health care contacts or the necessity of reproductive health care may become more acute without a corresponding level of knowledge about how to navigate the health care system. The proposed study will investigate how young women use health care, differences in access among women with different resources and life circumstances, and the contributions of health care use to contraceptive use and other reproductive health outcomes. Specifically, the study will: 1) examine young women's health care access across the transition from adolescence to early adulthood;2) investigate the relationship of health care to reproductive health outcomes;3) examine the contribution of health care to sociodemographic and racial/ethnic disparities in reproductive health outcomes;and, 4) develop measures related to health care use during the transition from adolescence to early adulthood. Secondary analysis of data from the National Survey of Family growth and the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health will be conducted, and a qualitative study of young adult women will be undertaken.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training (K01)
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Hsu, Amy; Henderson, Jillian T; Harper, Cynthia C et al. (2016) Obstetrician-Gynecologist Practices and Beliefs Regarding External Genitalia Inspection and Speculum Examinations in Healthy Older Asymptomatic Women. J Am Geriatr Soc 64:293-8
Schneider, Allison; Henderson, Jillian T; Harper, Cynthia C et al. (2015) Obstetrician-gynecologists' beliefs about performing less cervical cancer screening: the pendulum swings. Am J Obstet Gynecol 213:744-5
Henderson, Jillian T; Yu, Jean M; Harper, Cynthia C et al. (2014) U.S. clinicians' perspectives on less frequent routine gynecologic examinations. Prev Med 62:49-53
Yu, Jean M; Henderson, Jillian T; Harper, Cynthia C et al. (2014) Obstetrician-gynecologists' beliefs on the importance of pelvic examinations in assessing hormonal contraception eligibility. Contraception 90:612-4
Henderson, Jillian T; Harper, Cynthia C; Gutin, Sarah et al. (2013) Routine bimanual pelvic examinations: practices and beliefs of US obstetrician-gynecologists. Am J Obstet Gynecol 208:109.e1-7
Henderson, Jillian T; Saraiya, Mona; Martinez, Gladys et al. (2013) Changes to cervical cancer prevention guidelines: effects on screening among U.S. women ages 15-29. Prev Med 56:25-9
Harper, Cynthia C; Henderson, Jillian T; Raine, Tina R et al. (2012) Evidence-based IUD practice: family physicians and obstetrician-gynecologists. Fam Med 44:637-45
Henderson, Jillian T; Raine, Tina; Schalet, Amy et al. (2011) ""I wouldn't be this firm if I didn't care"": preventive clinical counseling for reproductive health. Patient Educ Couns 82:254-9
Steinberg, Julia R; Becker, Davida; Henderson, Jillian T (2011) Does the outcome of a first pregnancy predict depression, suicidal ideation, or lower self-esteem? Data from the National Comorbidity Survey. Am J Orthopsychiatry 81:193-201
Warren, Jocelyn T; Harvey, S Marie; Henderson, Jillian T (2010) Do depression and low self-esteem follow abortion among adolescents? Evidence from a national study. Perspect Sex Reprod Health 42:230-5

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