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Kari White

Associate Professor, The Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

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White’s research focuses on the impact of health service delivery models and policies on access to and use of highly effective contraception, with a focus on low-income and immigrant populations. Her recent projects include a collaborative evaluation of legislation affecting family planning funding and abortion restrictions in Texas, assessing factors influencing vasectomy use, and examining women’s access to abortion and post-abortion contraception in the Southeast. 


Many Low Income Women in Texas Do Not Get the Effective Contraception They Want after Giving Birth

  • Joseph E. Potter
  • Kate Coleman-Minahan
  • Daniel A. Powers
  • Chloe Dillaway
  • Amanda Stevenson
  • Kristine Hopkins
  • Daniel Grossman

In the News

"Reproductive Autonomy Shouldn’t Depend on Your Employer’s Beliefs," Kari White (with Kristen Lagasse Burke), Opinion, Austin American Statesman, July 19, 2020.
"Texas Disaster Highlights Big Problem with Defunding Planned Parenthood," Kari White (with Joseph E. Potter), Waco Tribune-Herald, February 11, 2017.
Kari White's research on the impact of Texas House Bill 2 discussed by Laura Kurtzman, "Official Abortion Rate Declined in Texas after Law Restricted Access to Clinics," ScienceDaily, January 19, 2017.
"Long Acting and Reversible Contraception," Kari White (with Joseph E. Potter), The Weekend, November 5, 2016.
"Restore Family Planning Services to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate," Kari White (with Joseph E. Potter), My San Antonio, September 5, 2016.
"Health Cuts by Legislature Have Made Texas Childbirth Riskier," Kari White (with Joseph E. Potter), The Waco Tribune-Herald, August 30, 2016.
"Misinformation Skews Public Support for Abortion Laws," Kari White (with Joseph E. Potter), The Houston Chronicle, May 19, 2016.
Kari White quoted on the impact of family planning funding cuts in Texas by Wade Goodwyn, "Texas Tries to Repair Damage Wreaked upon Family Planning Clinics" National Public Radio All Things Considered, January 28, 2016.


"Contraception after Delivery among Publicly Insured Women in Texas: Use Compared with Preference" (with Joseph E. Potter, Kate Coleman-Minahan, Daniel A. Powers, Amanda Stevenson, and Chloe Dillaway). Obstetrics & Gynecology 130, no. 2 (2017): 393-402.

Assesses women's preferences for contraception after delivery and compares use with preferences.

"Change in Distance to Nearest Facility and Abortion in Texas, 2012 to 2014" (with Daniel Grossman, Kristine Hopkins, and Joseph E. Potter). JAMA 317, no. 4 (2017): 437-439.

Finds that, following the 2013 Texas House Bill 2, one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, the number of Texas facilities providing abortions declined from 41 in 2012 to 17 in June 2016.

"Women’s Knowledge of and Support for Abortion Restrictions in Texas: Findings from a Statewide Representative Survey" (with Joseph E. Potter, Amanda Stevenson, Kristine Hopkins, Daniel Grossman, and Liza Fuentes). Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 48, no. 4 (2016).

Assesses women’s knowledge of specific abortion restrictions in Texas and reasons for supporting these laws. 

"Women's Experiences Seeking Publicly Funded Family Planning Services in Texas" (with Kristine Hopkins, Daniel Grossman, Joseph E. Potter, Fran Linkin, and Celia Hubert). Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 47, no. 2 (2016): 63-70.

Assesses women’s experiences obtaining affordable family planning services in the wake of substantial budget cuts to state family planning programs.

"Barriers to Postpartum Contraception in Texas and Pregnancy within Two Years of Delivery" (with Joseph E. Potter, Amanda Stevenson, Kristine Hopkins, Daniel Grossman, and Celia Hubert). Obstetrics & Gynecology 127, no. 2 (2016): 189-196.

Assesses pregnancies that could have been averted through improved access to contraceptive methods in the two years after delivery. 

"Perceived Interest in Vasectomy among Latina Women and Their Partners in a Community with Limited Access to Female Sterilization" (with Daniel Grossman, Joseph E. Potter, Kristine Hopkins, and Celia Hubert). Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 27, no. 2 (2016): 762-777.

Assesses male partners’ perceived willingness to undergo vasectomy through surveys with 470 Mexican-origin women who did not want more children in El Paso, Texas.

"The Impact of Reproductive Health Legislation on Family Planning Clinic Services in Texas" (with Kristine Hopkins, Amanda Stevenson, Daniel Grossman, Joseph E. Potter, Abigail Aiken, and Celia Hubert). American Journal of Public Health 105, no. 5 (2015): 851-858.

Evaluates the effect of legislation in Texas that dramatically cut and restricted participation in the state’s family planning program in 2011.  Finds that 25% of family planning clinics in Texas closed, organizations served 54% fewer clients, and long-acting reversible contraception was less widely available.

"Impact of Alabama’s Immigration Law on Access to Health Care among Latina Immigrants and Children: Implications for National Reform" (with Valerie Yeager, Nir Menachemi, and Isabel C. Scarinci). American Journal of Public Health 104, no. 3 (2014): 397-405.

Evaluates the effect of Alabama’s 2011 omnibus immigration law on Latina immigrants and their US- and foreign-born children’s access to and use of health services. Finds that the predominant effect was a reduction in service availability, that affordability and acceptability of care were adversely affected, and that nonpregnant women and foreign-born children experienced the greatest barriers.