Ellen Wilson, PhD, is a senior research scientist at Child Trends specializing in family planning, teen pregnancy prevention, reproductive health, and the well-being of adolescent parents and their children. Her research has explored determinants of unintended pregnancy, health behaviors and outcomes among adolescent mothers, and contraceptive behaviors and fertility preferences among immigrant women of Mexican origin. She has also conducted evaluations of a variety of interventions, including sex education curricula, a computer-based counseling tool to improve family planning counseling, a program to support pregnant and parenting teens, and a media campaign to promote parent-child communication about sex. Dr. Wilson has served as project director or principal investigator on multiple government contracts and grants, and she is widely published in journals including Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Contraception, and Maternal and Child Health Journal.
Currently, Dr. Wilson is working to advance the knowledge base in the areas of healthy marriage and relationship education.