Jennifer Manlove

Senior Research Scholar, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Research Focus

Education & certification

Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University

Jennifer Manlove

Senior Research Scholar, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Bethesda, MD

Jennifer Manlove, Ph.D., is a sociologist and nationally recognized expert on adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health with related research on relationship context, contraceptive and condom use, pregnancy, and fertility. Dr. Manlove has extensive experience as the PI for multi-component research and evaluation projects that focus on improving equity in access to and quality of sexual and reproductive health education and care. This includes research focused on improving family planning service delivery in school-based settings and identifying innovative approaches to delivering services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Manlove has a history of research related to identifying effective sexual and reproductive health programs. She is the lead evaluator on several federally funded rigorous RCT evaluations of innovative sexual health promotion programs, combining implementation and outcome evaluations. This involves working with implementation partners incorporating a variety of innovative approaches serving diverse populations in multiple settings (currently including a parent communication toolkit, a clinic-based contraceptive decision aid, an app-based program focused on LGBTQ+ youth, and programs focusing incorporating youth development and gender-transformative approaches with Black and Latino youth, including English Language Learners).

Her research has been published in peer-review journals, including Contraception X, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Men’s Health, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Demography, and Journal of Marriage and Family. She has been quoted in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and NPR. She has experience disseminating research to multiple audiences in a variety of formats, including conference presentations, research briefs, tip sheets, toolkits, blogs, web text, webinars, and networking sessions.