Paul Whittaker, DPhil
CPHI Adjunct Fellow
Title: Associate Director of Research - Family Planning Council
Public Health Interests:
Contraception, Sexual relationships, Sexually transmitted disease, Family planning services, Health behavior change, Health Provider behavior
Current Public-Health Related Activities:
I manage diverse research projects on contraception, sexual relationships, pregnancy and disease prevention amongst teens and young adults, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. I also evaluate Family Planning Council programs and services in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Current federally – funded projects include
- communication about contraception between partners
- exploration of influences on hormonal contraceptive adherence
- assessment amongst providers and patients of natural methods of family planning
- adaptation of an evidence-based intervention with providers to improve clinic rates of HIV testing
- implementation of new methods to improve male involvement in reproductive health services.
Hock-Long L, Herceg-Baron R, Cassidy AM, Whittaker PG (2003) Access to adolescent reproductive health services: Financial and structural barriers to care. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 35: 144-147.
Whittaker PG, Berger M, Armstrong, KA, Felice TL, Adams J (2007) Characteristics associated with emergency contraception use by family planning patients: a prospective cohort study. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 39: 158–166.
Merkh RD, Whittaker PG, Baker K, Hock-Long L, Armstrong K (2009) Young men’s understanding of female hormonal contraception. Contraception, 79: 228-235
Whittaker PG, Merkh RD, Henry-Moss D, Hock-Long L (2010) Withdrawal attitudes and experiences: a qualitative perspective among young urban adults. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, in press