Swartzendruber

Andrea Swartzendruber

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Georgia
Areas of Expertise:
  • Reproductive Health
  • Women

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About Andrea

Swartzendruber is a reproductive health epidemiologist with more than 20 years of public health research and program experience. Her areas of expertise include maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and adolescent health. Prior to earning her PhD, she worked for 9 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on HIV prevention both domestically and globally and collaborated with the World Health Organization and other United Nations agencies. She has a special interest in public health policy and advocacy and completed a one-year fellowship to gain skills and training to support state-level policy aimed at improving the health and safety of women and girls. 

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Publications

"A National Strategy to Improve Sexual Health" (with Jonathan Zenilman). Journal of the American Medical Association 304, no. 9 (2010): 1005-1006.

Makes the case for an integrated sexual health approach as the most efficient and effective strategy for improving poor sexual and reproductive health indicators in the United States.

"A Content Analysis of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Related Information on Georgia Pregnancy Resource Centers Websites" (with Anna Newton-Levinson, Ashley E. Feuchs, Ashley L. Phillips, and Riley J. Steiner). Women's Health Issues 28, no. 1 (2018).

Analyzes Georgia pregnancy resource centers' websites to describe advertised services and related health information. Shows a high level of false and misleading health information and services that do not appear to align with prevailing medical guidelines.

In the News

Andrea Swartzendruber quoted in Anna Almendrala, "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Have Another Mission: Public School Sex Ed" Huffington Post, June 9, 2018.
Andrea Swartzendruber quoted in Anna Almendrala, "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Have Another Mission: Public School Sex Ed" Huffington Post, June 9, 2018.
"Sex Education Should Not Spread Shame and Stigma," Andrea Swartzendruber, Get Schooled, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 8, 2017.
Andrea Swartzendruber's research on the activities of state-funded CPCs in Georgia discussed in Teddy WilsonAndrea Swartzendruber, "Study: Georgia Funds Anti-Choice Fake Clinics Doling Out ‘Potentially Harmful’ Information," Rewire, November 21, 2017.
Andrea Swartzendruber quoted on the reasons behind a person having multiple sexual partners and their consequent risk for sexually transmitted infections in Madeline Kennedy, "Young Adults More Likely to Cheat if They Think Partner is Doing It" Reuters, December 3, 2015.
Andrea Swartzendruber's research on comprehensive sexual education in Georgia public schools and student health discussed in Maureen DowneyAndrea Swartzendruber, "Sex Education in Georgia: Failing the Grade and Students," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 20, 2015.
Andrea Swartzendruber quoted on comprehensive sexual education for adolescents in R. Scott Belzer, "DeKalb County Offers Only Comprehensive Sexual Health Course in Region" The Champion, July 15, 2016.