Ushma Upadhyay, MPH

Assoc. Professor in Residence
Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
+1 510 986-8946

My work encompasses two overarching themes: the effects of women's empowerment and gender equity on reproductive health and improving reproductive health services for disadvantaged populations. My methodological expertise is in quantitative analyses using epidemiologic and demographic methods. I lead several projects related to contraception and abortion that collectively aim to expand women's ability to determine the number and timing of their children and improve access to reproductive health services.


Distance Traveled for an Abortion and Source of Care After Abortion.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Upadhyay UD, Johns NE, Meckstroth KR, Kerns JL

Evaluating the impact of a mandatory pre-abortion ultrasound viewing law: A mixed methods study.

PloS one

Upadhyay UD, Kimport K, Belusa EKO, Johns NE, Laube DW, Roberts SCM

Mental Health Outcomes After Having or Being Denied an Abortion-Reply.

JAMA psychiatry

Biggs MA, Upadhyay UD, Foster DG

Distance traveled for Medicaid-covered abortion care in California.

BMC health services research

Johns NE, Foster DG, Upadhyay UD


Journal of biosocial science

Prata N, Fraser A, Huchko MJ, Gipson JD, Withers M, Lewis S, Ciaraldi EJ, Upadhyay UD

Interventions to Prevent Unintended and Repeat Pregnancy Among Young People in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of the Published and Gray Literature.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Hindin MJ, Kalamar AM, Thompson TA, Upadhyay UD

Utah's 72-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion: Experiences Among a Clinic-Based Sample of Women.

Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

Roberts SC, Turok DK, Belusa E, Combellick S, Upadhyay UD

Effects of relationship context on contraceptive use among young women.


Upadhyay UD, Raifman S, Raine-Bennett T

The effect of abortion on having and achieving aspirational one-year plans.

BMC women's health

Upadhyay UD, Biggs MA, Foster DG

Implications of Georgia's 20-Week Abortion Ban.

American journal of public health

Roberts SC, Gould H, Upadhyay UD

Incidence of emergency department visits and complications after abortion.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Upadhyay UD, Desai S, Zlidar V, Weitz TA, Grossman D, Anderson P, Taylor D

Research informs abortion care policy change in California.

American journal of public health

Weitz TA, Taylor D, Upadhyay UD, Desai S, Battistelli M

Women's empowerment and fertility: a review of the literature.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Upadhyay UD, Gipson JD, Withers M, Lewis S, Ciaraldi EJ, Fraser A, Huchko MJ, Prata N

Does abortion reduce self-esteem and life satisfaction?

Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation

Biggs MA, Upadhyay UD, Steinberg JR, Foster DG

Development and validation of a reproductive autonomy scale.

Studies in family planning

Upadhyay UD, Dworkin SL, Weitz TA, Foster DG

Relationship between ultrasound viewing and proceeding to abortion.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Gatter M, Kimport K, Foster DG, Weitz TA, Upadhyay UD

Denial of abortion because of provider gestational age limits in the United States.

American journal of public health

Upadhyay UD, Weitz TA, Jones RK, Barar RE, Foster DG

Patient viewing of the ultrasound image prior to abortion.


Kimport K, Upadhyay UD, Foster DG, Gatter M, Weitz TA

The stigma of having an abortion: development of a scale and characteristics of women experiencing abortion stigma.

Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

Cockrill K, Upadhyay UD, Turan J, Greene Foster D

At what cost? Payment for abortion care by U.S. women.

Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

Jones RK, Upadhyay UD, Weitz TA

Safety of aspiration abortion performed by nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants under a California legal waiver.

American journal of public health

Weitz TA, Taylor D, Desai S, Upadhyay UD, Waldman J, Battistelli MF, Drey EA

Denial of abortion care due to gestational age limits.


Foster DG, Dobkin LM, Upadhyay UD

With pills, patches, rings, and shots: who still uses condoms? A longitudinal cohort study.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Goldstein RL, Upadhyay UD, Raine TR

Women's empowerment and ideal family size: an examination of DHS empowerment measures in Sub-Saharan Africa.

International perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

Upadhyay UD, Karasek D

One-year contraceptive continuation and pregnancy in adolescent girls and women initiating hormonal contraceptives.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Raine TR, Foster-Rosales A, Upadhyay UD, Boyer CB, Brown BA, Sokoloff A, Harper CC

Prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of high LDL cholesterol in New York City, 2004.

Preventing chronic disease

Upadhyay UD, Waddell EN, Young S, Kerker BD, Berger M, Matte T, Angell SY

Elevated risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome among Asians and south Asians: results from the 2004 New York City HANES.

Ethnicity & disease

Rajpathak SN, Gupta LS, Waddell EN, Upadhyay UD, Wildman RP, Kaplan R, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Wylie-Rosett J

Marital Status and Psychological Well-Being of Filipino Women

Philippine Population Review

Gultiano S, Hindin M, Upadhyay U.

Prevalence and control of diabetes and impaired fasting glucose in New York City.

Diabetes care

Thorpe LE, Upadhyay UD, Chamany S, Garg R, Mandel-Ricci J, Kellerman S, Berger DK, Frieden TR, Gwynn C

Do perceptions of friends' behaviors affect age at first sex? Evidence from Cebu, Philippines.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Upadhyay UD, Hindin MJ

New contraceptive choices.

Population reports. Series M, Special topics

Upadhyay UD

Informed choice in family planning. Helping people decide.

Population reports. Series J, Family planning programs

Upadhyay UD

Why family planning matters.

Population reports. Series J, Family planning programs

Upadhyay UD, Robey B

Toward a blue revolution.

Global issues (Washington, D.C.)

Hinrichsen D, Robey B, Upadhyay UD

Speeding the reproductive revolution.

People & the planet / IPPF, UNFPA, IUCN

Robey B, Upadhyay U