Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research

  • Our Family Planning Faculty

    From the left: Drs. Amy Whitaker, Julie Chor, Melissa Gilliam (Section Chief), Sabrina Holmquist and Amber Truehart

The Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago is committed to helping women and girls reach their full potential by bringing a life-course perspective to our understanding of family planning and reproductive health. We have thriving programs for patient care, research, education, and policy.

Clinically, we are the home of the Ryan Center, a comprehensive family planning clinic; the Gynecology & Reproductive Health Clinic; and the Program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

Our Section conducts clinical and social science research using a wide range of scholarly methods, from randomized trials to qualitative research. Our members have funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), ACOG, the Society of Family Planning, and private foundations. We are an active member of the NIH’s Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network.

Our members have national roles within the NIH, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Guttmacher Institute. Additionally, our faculty members hold positions within the University as the Associate Dean for Diversity, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship Director, and faculty in The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.

Through our robust policy program, we advocate for policies that reduce disparities and improve the health of families by guiding research priorities and making research findings accessible.