Medical abortion using online telemedicine and self-administered medication can be highly effective with low rates of adverse events according to new research from Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Population Association of America (PAA) is the leading professional association for scholars, demographers, sociologists, economists, public health professionals, and others in population research and education. Several faculty fellows from the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Center for Health and Social Policy are presenting their most recent research at this year’s PAA Annual Meeting in Chicago:
- Dr. Abigail Aikens will be leading discussions on “Race, Ethnic and Social Class Differences in Reproductive Health and Fertility” (4/27/17, 1:00pm) and Fertility Intentions: Causes and Consequences” (4/28/17, 8:30am) and supporting discussions on “Abortion in the Global North” (4/28/17, 10:15am) and the “Impact of Reproductive Health Policy in the United States” (4/28/17, 1:00pm).
- Dr. Jacqueline Angel will be leading a discussion on the “Dynamics of Disability in the Developing World” (4/27/17, 1:00pm) and presenting during a poster session on “Household Extension and Life Expectancy: Estimates of Duration of Dependency” (4/29/17, 9:00am).
- Dr. Cynthia Osborne will be presenting during a poster session on “The Dynamics of Childcare Instability” (4/28/17, 2:45pm) and leading discussions on “Families and Economic Circumstances” (4/29/17, 9:00am) and “Fatherhood in Complex Families” (4/29/17, 12:30pm).
Each year, the LBJ School of Public Affairs recognizes its distinguished scholars and the contributions to their fields through their published works at Innovation Bound.
CHASP is honored to have several affiliated faculty whose work is being celebrated at this year’s event on February 8, 2017:
Requests for abortion in Latin America related to concern about Zika virus exposure, by Abigail Aiken
Published in The New England Journal of Medicine
LBJ Professor Abigail Aiken examined abortion requests in 19 Latin American countries, finding requests for abortions increased significantly in countries that issued warnings to pregnant women about complications associated with Zika virus infection. View the press release.
Lookin’ for beds in all the wrong places: Outpatient competency restoration as a promising approach to modern challenges, byLynda E. Frost
Published in Psychology, Public Policy and Law
In response to consistently increasing numbers of individuals found incompetent to stand trial, many states have identified alternatives to inpatient restoration. LBJ Professor Lynda Frost captures national data on community-based or “outpatient” competency restoration programs, finding these programs to be promising in terms of high restoration rates, low program failure rates and substantial cost savings.
Home visiting programs: Four evidence-based lessons for policymakers, by Cynthia Osborne
Published in Behavioral Science & Policy
Home visiting programs aim to help low-income parents enhance their parenting skills and improve a host of early health and developmental outcomes for young children. Dr. Cynthia Osborne, LBJ School Professor and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy, is conducting an ongoing program implementation evaluation to provide policymakers with a greater understanding of how home visiting programs are associated with better outcomes for families, and will provide valuable information to other states that are interested in implementing a similar program.
CHASP faculty fellow and LBJ School associate professor Dr. Abigail Aiken has accepted a joint appointment to the nine-member Central Health Board of Managers. This all-volunteer board is composed of four appointees from the Austin City Council, four appointees from the Travis County Commissioners Court and one joint appointee. Aiken was approved by the Travis County Commissioners Court on December 6 and by the Austin City Council on December 15.
In an interview for the position late last month, Aiken said, “I feel really strongly that as a professor of public affairs, if you have those skills and you can share them with people in the community, you should do that, and that’s why I would really welcome the opportunity.” Aiken’s background is extensive and interdisciplinary with experience in clinical medicine, public health, demography, and public affairs.
Originally from Ireland, Aiken earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, her medical doctorate from the University of Cambridge, her master’s in public health from Harvard University and her doctorate in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin. She also worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Office of Population Research and a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University.
Aiken’s research interests are focused on reproductive health and span several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical science, demography, public health, and public policy. Her work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others.
Learn more about Aiken’s joint appointment to the Central Health Board of Managers.
- Community Impact: Abigail Aiken confirmed Thursday to Central Health board
Abigail Aiken is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. During the Fall 2014 semester, she was also a lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In Fall 2016, she will join the LBJ School as Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and new CHASP faculty associate.
Aiken’s research focuses on reproductive health and spans several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical sciences, public policy, demography, public health. Her current projects include: examining women’s experiences obtaining safe abortion in contexts where legislative barriers prevent access through the healthcare system; evaluating programs and policies designed to increase access to contraception in the postpartum and post-abortion setting; and investigating the determinants and impacts of unintended pregnancies through a health equity and reproductive justice framework.
Aiken’s work has recently been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Contraception, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others. Her research has also been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Society of Family Planning.
Most recently her paper, Factors Influencing the Likelihood of Instrumental Delivery Success, was cited by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Practice Bulletin 154 and named one of the top 5 articles in labor and delivery in 2014 by Obstetrics & Gynecology.
In March 2016, Aiken will serve as a social science expert on abortion on the amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the case Whole Women’s Health versus Cole.