Diana Greene Foster, PhD, is Director of Research at ANSIRH and an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF. A demographer who uses quantitative models and analyses to assess the effectiveness of family planning policies and the effect of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives, Dr. Foster was involved in evaluating the California State family planning program, Family PACT. This work demonstrated the effectiveness of the program in reducing the incidence of unintended pregnancy.
Dr. Foster created a new methodology for estimating pregnancies averted based on a Markov model and a microsimulation to identify the cost-effectiveness of advance provision of emergency contraception. She is currently leading a nationwide longitudinal prospective study of the health and well-being of women who seek abortion including both women who do and do not receive the abortion.
Dr. Foster received her undergraduate degree in Political Economy of Natural Resources from UC Berkeley, her MA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, and her PhD in Demography and Public Policy from Princeton University.
To contact Dr. Foster: Email her or call 510-986-8940.
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Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health—ANSIRH—works to ensure that reproductive health care and policy are grounded in evidence. ANSIRH’s multi-disciplinary team includes clinicians, researchers and scholars in the fields of sociology, demography, anthropology, medicine, nursing, public health, and law. ANSIRH is a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Read more on ANSIRH’s website.