Sexual & Reproductive Health

Child Trends’ research aims to ensure that teens and young adults (1) have access to high-quality, accurate, and inclusive sexual and reproductive health care and knowledge; (2) are able to engage in and plan for safe, consensual, healthy, and empowered sexual activity; and (3) can have wanted, healthy pregnancies and births. Additionally, Child Trends studies how sexual and reproductive health is linked to child and family well-being. We pay close attention to groups of people who have and continue to face discrimination and inequitable access to high-quality, person-centered care, including low-income families; Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous populations; and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) youth.  

Research from Activate: A Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Translation Center

Featured Experts

Hannah Lantos

Senior Research Scientist

Jennifer Manlove

Senior Research Scholar, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Jenita Parekh

Deputy Director for Sexual & Reproductive Health

Jenn Rogers

Senior Research ScholarSenior Program Area Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Mindy E. Scott

Senior Research Scholar

Elizabeth Wildsmith

Research Scholar, Reproductive Health and Family Formation

Alana Ward

Research Communications DirectorProgram Area Director, Client Communications

April Wilson

Research ScholarProgram Area Director, Parenting and Family Dynamics

Elizabeth Cook

Research Scientist II

Hannah Rackers

Research Scientist (I)

Maria A. Ramos-Olazagasti

Senior Research Scientist IIProgram Area Director, Population-Focused Research

Jordyn Pourier

Research Scientist

Alison McClay

Research Scientist I


An Evaluation of SafeSpace: A Mobile App Intervention to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health Among LGBTQ+, Black, and Latine Youth in the U.S. South

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Activate: The Center to Bring Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Research to Youth-Supporting Professionals

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