Luciana Hebert

Assistant Research Professor at Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), Washington State University

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About Luciana

Hebert's work focuses on sexual and reproductive health among adolescents and young adults, and religious restrictions to reproductive health care. She has conducted research on family planning, gender, partner dynamics, STI/HIV risk perceptions and sexual and reproductive attitudes and behaviors among women and youth in domestic and international urban contexts as well as patient and provider perspectives on restrictions to reproductive services in religious health care settings in the U.S. She has also conducted research on pregnancy options counseling and abortion referrals in publicly funded family planning settings in the Midwest and Great Plains.


What Do Patients at Religious Hospitals Want to Know about the Policies That Affect Their Reproductive Care?

  • Lori Freedman
  • Molly Battistelli
  • Debra Stulberg


"“My Hands Are Tied”: Abortion Restrictions and Providers’ Experiences in Religious and Nonreligious Health Care Systems" (with Lee Hasselbacher, Debra Stulberg, and Yuan Liu). Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 52, no. 2 (2020): 107-115.

Presents that with pregnancy complications or seeking an abortion at Catholic and Protestant hospitals denials may be faced, delays encountered, and fewer treatment options may occur than they would at secular hospitals. Considers they may also experience financial obstacles and stigmatization as a result of restrictions.

"Religious Hospital Policies on Reproductive Care: What Do Patients Want to Know?" (with Lori Freedman, Molly Battistelli, and Debra Stulberg). American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (2017).

Uses a nationally representative study of women of reproductive age to find that while 34.5% of women consider it important to know a hospital’s religious affiliation when seeking care, 80.7% consider it important to know a hospital’s religious restrictions on care. Additionally, a majority (two thirds) of women find religious restrictions on care during miscarriage management unacceptable.

"Variation in Pregnancy Options Counseling and Referrals, and Reported Proximity to Abortion Services, among Publicly Funded Family Planning Facilities" (with Camille Fabiyi, Lee A. Hasselbacher, Katherine Starr, and Melissa L. Gilliam). Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 48, no. 2 (2016): 65-71.

Finds that abortion referrals were provided by a significantly smaller proportion of providers than were adoption referrals (84% vs. 97%) using a survey of publicly funded family planning facilities across 16 states. Rural facilities were more likely to report greater distances to abortion providers compared to urban facilities; and among facilities, health departments were more likely than comprehensive reproductive health centers not to know the location of the closest abortion provider.

"Individual, Partner, and Partnership Level Correlates of Anal Sex among Youth in Baltimore City" (with Pamela S. Lilleston, Jacky M. Jennings, and Susan G. Sherman). Archives of Sexual Behavior 44, no. 3 (2015): 619-629.

Uses a household survey of youth aged 15-24 years to examine the association between individual, partner, and sexual partnership-level characteristics with anal sex, finding 9% of males and 15% of females reported anal sex in a partnership in the past six months. For males, anal sex was more often associated with individual factors such as having two or more partners in the past three months, having been tested for HIV, and oral sex with a partner; for females, anal sex was more often associated with partner and/or sexual partnership level characteristics including reporting having a main partner, partner meeting place, partner history of STI, and oral sex with a partner.