My research interests fall within the intersections of family demography, contraceptive and reproductive health, and the life course. Specifically, I explore the association between contraceptive and reproductive behaviors and the relationship contexts in which these behaviors occur during different developmental stages of the life course. Recently published research include 1) the examination of the association between relationship context and methods of contraception used at first intercourse among adolescents, and 2) the exploration, by gender, of variations in the qualities and characteristics of intimate relationships among different-sex young dating adults and their association with consistent condom use.
Currently, I extend all three strands of research by examining contraceptive method switching among reproductive aged women and assess whether this behavior varies by union status. I am also working on collaborative research projects that examine 1) sexual satisfaction within the context of cohabiting and marital unions and 2) infertility and its effect on sexual satisfaction by union status.