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James Trussell, PhD

Recipient, SFP 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

James Trussell, PhDJames Trussell is Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emeritus, Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus, Senior Demographer at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. From 1992-1998 and again from 2002-2011, he served as Director of Princeton's Office of Population Research.

Dr. Trussell is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific publications, primarily in the areas of reproductive health and demographic methodology. His recent research has been focused in three areas: emergency contraception, contraceptive failure, and the cost-effectiveness of contraception. He has actively promoted making emergency contraception more widely available as an important step in helping women reduce their risk of unintended pregnancy.

Dr. Trussell’s research and advocacy efforts have had a significant impact on the availability and correct use of emergency contraception, both in the United States and abroad. In addition to his research on this topic, he maintains the emergency contraception website and designed and launched a toll-free emergency contraception hotline (1-888-NOT-2-LATE).

In 2012, Dr. Trussell was honored with the Felicia Stewart Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception and the American Society for Emergency Contraception. He is a senior fellow at the Guttmacher Institute and a member of the boards of directors of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC), the Women on Web Foundation, and the Council of British Society of Abortion Care Providers. He also acts as deputy editor of Contraception.

Dr. Trussell received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Davidson College in 1971, a B.Phil. in economics from Oxford University in 1973, and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1975.

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