Abigail Aiken, MD, PhD, MPH

Abigail R.A. Aiken is an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on reproductive health and reproductive rights, combining perspectives across multiple disciplines including biomedical sciences, public policy, demography, and public health. Her current research focuses on pathways to obtaining medication abortion outside the formal healthcare setting in contexts where access is restricted. Other recent projects include evaluating programs and policies affecting access to contraception; and investigating the determinants and impacts of unintended pregnancies through a health equity and reproductive rights framework. Dr. Aiken serves on the board of Central Health, the hospital district that provides healthcare to underserved populations in Travis County, Texas, and on the board of Jane’s Due Process, which helps minors obtain judicial bypass to access abortion services in Texas. Her research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the BMJ, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, among others, and has been reported by the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.