Education
  • Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin
  • MPH, Harvard University
  • M.D., University of Cambridge
  • B.A., University of Cambridge
Research Areas
  • Reproductive Health
  • Health Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy

Abigail R.A. Aiken held postdoctoral and lecturer positions at the Office of Population Research and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University before joining The University of Texas in 2016. She is currently an assistant professor of public affairs at the LBJ School and a faculty associate at the Population Research Center. Her research focuses on reproductive health and spans several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical sciences, public policy, demography and public health. Her current projects include: examining women's experiences obtaining self-sourced abortion in contexts where legislative barriers prevent access to safe, legal abortion through the health care system; evaluating programs and policies designed to increase access to contraception in the postpartum and postabortion setting; and investigating the determinants and impacts of unintended pregnancies through a health equity and reproductive justice framework. Her work has recently been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Contraception, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others. 

Newsworthy

Media MentionJune 30, 2017
Despite FDA Rule, Teens May Struggle To Get Morning-After-Pill

 It’s been almost five years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made emergency contraception available without a prescription for all consumers, but a new study suggests it may not be any easier for some teens to buy the drug at pharmacies. LBJ Professor Abigail Aiken discusses. 

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NewsMay 18, 2017
Early Medical Abortion Using Medication and Online Telemedicine can be Highly Effective and Safe

Medical abortion using online telemedicine and self-administered medication can be highly effective with low rates of adverse events according to new research from Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.  

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Media MentionMay 17, 2017
Seeking medical abortions online is safe and effective, study finds

Almost 95% of those seeking drugs and advice online safely ended their pregnancy without medical intervention, say LBJ Professor Abigail Aiken, although women should still be wary of scammers. 

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