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Jacqueline E. Darroch, Ph.D.

Recipient, SFP 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jacqueline E. Darroch, Ph.D.Jacqueline E. Darroch, Ph.D., is an independent researcher in social demography and a senior fellow at the Guttmacher Institute. She has been involved with the Guttmacher Institute since 1978. As Interim President in 2003 and senior vice president from 1996 to 2004, she provided leadership in the direction of the organization’s policy-focused research and public education on sexual and reproductive health. She oversaw developments and opportunities in the areas of research, theory and methodology, health care delivery and financing, public opinion and behavior, and local, state, federal and international policies and programs, obtaining funding from private foundations, NICHD and DHHS/OPA. In addition, she held the positions of Director of Research from 1978 to 1988, Vice President for Research (1988-2002), and Vice President for Science (2002-2004).

Dr. Darroch also served as associate director for reproductive health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2004 to 2006. She is a nationally and internationally known researcher, writer and public speaker on the topics of reproductive health behavior, services and policies, including sexual activity; adolescents; socioeconomic and demographic factors affecting reproductive behavior and health; pregnancy, birth, abortion; infertility, prenatal care and maternal health; family planning service programs, cost-effectiveness and costs of private insurance contraceptive coverage; pregnancy intention, contraceptive use and effectiveness, sex education; and men’s involvement in pregnancies, births and abortions. She has authored/co-authored over 100 articles and publications on these topics.

She serves on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Adolescent Health Care, the Brush Foundation Board of Managers, the Board of Directors for Lutheran Community Services Northwest, and the Women’s Board of Queen Anne Lutheran Church, Seattle. She has been elected a member of the Institute of Medicine and the New York Obstetrical Society. Her awards include the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Carl Shultz Award from the American Public Health Associations’ Population and Family Planning Section, the Irving Cushner Lectureship from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and the Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Research from The National Association of Women’s Health Professionals.

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