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Leadership Team

Jennifer Barber

Jennifer Barber

Professor of Sociology and Research Professor, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Dr. Barber's research is conducted at the intersection of family sociology, demography, and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy. Barber also recently completed a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting - in this case a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit and a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeastern Michigan.

Heather Gatny

Heather Gatny

Senior Research Associate, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Heather Gatny is a Research Associate within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She received her master of science from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology in 2005. She specializes in both survey methodology and family demography, and currently serves as the RDSL project director. In addition to survey data collection methods, Gatny's research interests include teen pregnancy, health behaviors during pregnancy, and adding the collection of biospecimans to social surveys.

Yasamin Kusunoki

Yasamin Kusunoki

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Dr. Kusunoki's research focuses on understanding the sources of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in reproductive health behaviors and outcomes during emerging adulthood. She is particularly interested in the social contexts in which young people are embedded such as their families, romantic and sexual relationships, and neighborhoods. Current RDSL investigations include the role of relationship seriousness, instability, and violence on sexual and contraceptive behaviors and the subsequent risk of unintended pregnancy.

Post-docs

Abigail Weitzman

Abigail Weitzman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Abigail Weitzman is a sociologist with a particular interest in gendered family dynamics and the social psychology of demographic processes. She uses the RDSL to understand diversity in young women's sexual and fertility desires; how and why such desires evolve during the transition to adulthood; and their influence on young women's reproductive behaviors. Her work with the RDSL also explores how different types of sexual relationships emerge and progress among young adults. She completed her PhD at NYU before joining the RDSL group in 2015-2017 as a postdoctoral fellow.

Graduate Students

Kristin Bevilacqua

Kristin Bevilacqua

Graduate Student, School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Kristin Bevilacqua is a graduate student at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She has been working with the RDSL study since 2016. She received her bachelor's degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with majors in Global Studies and Spanish and a minor in Medical Anthropology. Her current research within RDSL focuses on intimate partner violence, discrimination, and contraception.

Jamie Budnick

Jamie Budnick

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan

Jamie Budnick has been a part of RDSL since 2008, first as a research assistant, later as a research technician and student supervisor, and currently as a doctoral candidate in sociology working with Jennifer Barber. She completed her BA in 2009, MA in sociology in 2013, and graduate certificates in LGBTQ Studies in 2014 and Science, Technology, & Society in 2016. Jamie's research focuses on sexuality, LGBTQ identity, and how demographers and other social scientists produce knowledge using surveys. With RDSL, Jamie has conducted in-depth interviews with respondents and co-authored papers on LGBTQ health, unintended pregnancy, and intimate partner violence.

Anne Clark

Anne Clark

Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
Predoctoral trainee, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Anne Clark is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and a predoctoral trainee at the Population Studies Center. She has been working with the RDSL study since 2013. Anne conducts research on the predictors, experiences, and consequences of housing instability among RDSL respondents. Her dissertation explores the social psychological microfoundations of intersectional patterns in demographic data.

Nell Compernolle

Nell Compernolle

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
Predoctoral trainee, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Nell Compernolle is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan and trainee at the Population Studies Center. She has been working with the RDSL study since 2011. Her research focuses on the associations between migration, social change, gender, and family-related behaviors, particularly marriage and fertility. Her work with the RDSL examines the effects of perceived norms on the risk of unintended pregnancy during the transition to adulthood.

Davis Daumler

Davis Daumler

Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
Predoctoral trainee, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Davis Daumler is a doctoral student in Sociology and a predoctoral trainee at the Population Studies Center. He has been working with the RDSL study since 2016. His research is in the areas of family sociology, social stratification, and social demography. Davis' current work focuses on the relationship between family dynamics and individuals' social and economic well-being. Davis joined the RDSL project in 2016, and he has been examining respondents' personality measures and relationship experiences. Before joining the research team, Davis received his M.A. in Sociology from McGill University

Elizabeth Ela

Elizabeth Ela

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
Predoctoral trainee, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Liz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and a predoctoral trainee at the Population Studies Center. She has been working with the RDSL study since 2011. Her research focuses on social determinants of contraceptive behavior, knowledge and beliefs about contraception, health numeracy, and reproductive health service use. Her dissertation uses RDSL data to examine relationships between young women's health numeracy, risk perception, and contraceptive use.

Elly FIeld

Elly Field

Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
Predoctoral trainee, Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

Elly Field is a PhD student in Sociology and predoctoral trainee at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She has been working with the RDSL study since 2016. She received her B.A. in Mathematics and Sociology from Hamilton College in 2013. Her research interests are health and educational inequality, with a particular focus on women's health and public schools. On RDSL, Elly is researching how educational attainment and measures of success and motivation affect reproductive health.


Angubeen Khan

Angubeen Khan

Graduate Student, School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Angubeen is a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, concentrating in Health Behavior and Health Education. She has been working with the RDSL study since 2016. Her research interests include developing interventions to reduce intimate partner violence and improve reproductive health outcomes among vulnerable populations. Her current research with RDSL focuses on the role of religion on reproductive health behaviors and outcomes.

Briana Starks

Briana Starks

Graduate Student, School of Social Work, University of Michigan

Briana Starks is a graduate student in the Joint Doctoral Program for Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan. She has been working with the RDSL study since 2017. Briana attended the University of Californa, Berkely for her undergrad, where she studied digital feminism and inequality. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she joined the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence as an Academic Counselor the the Student Parent Center at Berkeley. Her research interests are centered around the relationship between higher education, the de-standardized life course, and the welfare state.

Undergraduate Students

Sharon Shen

Sharon Shen

Undergraduate Student, School of Nursing, University of Michigan

Sharon is a third year undergraduate nursing student at the University of Michigan. Her research interests are focused on the intersection of mental health and women's health. She is using the RDSL study for her undergrad honors independent project investigating the role of psychological distress on both the likelihood of forming violent relationships and on the time to relationship dissolution within violent relationships.

RDSL Collaborators

Faculty

Karen B. Guzzo
Sarah R. Hayford
Caroline Moreau
Kelly Musick
Hana Shepherd
Jennifer Yarger

Graduate Students

Bridget Brew
Susannah Gibbs
Alexandra Kissling
Heidi Moseson
Julie Skalamera

RDSL Alumni

Faculty

Kelli Stidham Hall

Post-docs

Caroline Hartnett
Emily A. Marshall
Kristin Turney

Graduate Students

Amelia Bucek

Undergraduate Students

Holly Armstrong
Carolyn Cox
Michele Dunsky
Erica Gehringer
Jayla Johnson
Timothy Mayer
Eileen Patten
Molly Ryder
Kira Schwartz
Caroline Shuerman
Andreja Siliunas
Lauren Smith
Brittany Wright