- Claire Rittenhouse (PCPH Research Coordinator, Northshore Department of Family Medicine)
- Meron Ferketa
- John Hawkins
- Tatiana Josephy
- Kayla Rasmussen
- Kellie Schueler
- Bonnie Song
- Jocelyn Washer
- Zarina Wong
The RHOADs research group generates new knowledge to improve reproductive health care and outcomes, and reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities. We are a collaboration between the University of Chicago and Northshore Departments of Family Medicine, and the Northshore Research Institute. We also work closely with the Primary Care & Population Health Investigators Group (PCPH) research lab at Northshore University Healthsystem and researchers in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Public Health Sciences. Our goals are the following:
Dr. Stulberg is the Director of RHOADs. Her research explores racial and socioeconomic disparities in reproductive health in the United States. She has a special interest in understanding the effect of religiously-sponsored health care in reproductive health, medical decision-making, and the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Stulberg is also Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Family Medicine, The University of Chicago with secondary appointments at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research, and the Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
Dr. White VanGompel is an Associate Director of RHOADs. Her research career is devoted to improving maternal and child health by better understanding how to deliver safe, high quality, patient- and family-centered maternity and newborn care, decrease overuse of potentially harmful or costly practices, and improve mother-baby dyad care. She has a special interest in understanding the role of labor and delivery unit culture and its effects on maternal health outcomes. Dr. White Van Gompel is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Chicago. She is also Program Director in the NorthShore Outcomes Research Network where she directs the residency research track for University of Chicago Family Medicine residents.
Dr. Bello Kottenstette is a RHOADs Investigator. Her research focuses on understanding the reproductive decision-making of justice-involved women and men with substance use disorders. She is currently studying justice-involved men's perspectives on how their substance using behaviors influence the behaviors of their female partners before and during pregnancy. She has an interest in delivering preconception health services in settings where justice-involved women and men present for care including in jails and substance use disorder treatment programs. Dr. Bello Kottenstette is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Associate Director of the Health Criminology Research Consortium, Saint Louis University.
Lee is a RHOADs Investigator. Her policy-related research covers topics such as access to contraception and abortion, health care reform, religious refusals in health care, and consent and confidentiality for young people. Lee specializes in qualitative research to uncover the practical impact of laws and policies on equitable access to reproductive health care. Lee is a senior policy researcher at The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at The University of Chicago. Lee leads Ci3’s reproductive health policy research, collecting data and translating research to inform policy debates and legislation. She collaborates with health providers, advocates, and UChicago researchers to achieve evidence-based policy reform.
Ashley is the RHOADs Research Manager. She manages research operations including study management and regulatory compliance, grants and contracts over the life cycle, and serves as a resource for collaborators and research staff. Ashley has a Master’s in Business Administration with a background in Psychology. She is passionate about access to reproductive healthcare, maternal and child health, and gender equity in the workplace. Ashley is also the Research Manager for the Department of Family Medicine, The University of Chicago.
Hannah is a RHOADs Research Analyst. She supports all aspects of study implementation including regulatory compliance, data collection and analyses, and manuscript preparation. She also leads program coordination for ExPAND Mifepristone. Hannah is a Master of Human Rights with a background in legal advocacy. She is particularly interested in understanding and addressing inequities across systems and public policy. Hannah is also a Research Analyst for the Department of Family Medicine, The University of Chicago.
Angel is a RHOADs Research Assistant. She assists with study recruitment, data collection and analyses, and manuscript development. Angel is currently a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Human Development studying adolescent development. Her prior research explored family planning access in Rwanda.
Hillary is a RHOADs Research Assistant. She assists part-time with evaluation development, regulatory compliance, data collection and analyses, manuscript development, and programmatic support. She recently completed her Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Chicago and works as a data scientist.
Valeria is a RHOADs Research Assistant. She assists with all aspects of study activities including regulatory compliance, data collection and analyses, manuscript preparation, and programmatic support. Valeria has a B.S. in Psychology and her past research involved topics such as optimism-pessimism, coping, sex, sexuality, and relationships. She hopes to continue studying societal inequities and has a special interest in developing her skills in data science. Valeria is also a Research Assistant for the Department of Family Medicine, The University of Chicago.