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Anu Manchikanti Gómez

Assistant Professor

ANU MANCHIKANTI GÓMEZ ​is assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare and director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Program.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Gómez has worked as a health equity researcher with a focus on reproduction and sexuality throughout the life course. She has conducted research both in the US and globally on diverse topics, including contraceptive use, abortion, HIV prevention, gender equity, transgender health and violence against women and children. Dr. Gómez's current research focuses on three areas: (1) the measurement and meaning of pregnancy planning; (2) understanding contraceptive decision-making within social, relational and structural contexts; and (3) evaluating the impact of and evidence base for policies related to reproductive health. She also serves as a co-PI on SOLARS, a prospective, longitudinal cohort study funded by UCSF's Preterm Birth Initiative. SOLARS aims to describe the relationship between psychosocial stress and preterm birth in Black and Hispanic/Latina women in Oakland and Fresno, Calif. She currently collaborates with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco; the Guttmacher Institute; Planned Parenthood Northern California; and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.

Dr. Gómez's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Society for Family Planning Research Fund, the Berkeley Population Center, the Institute for Research on Labor and Education at UCB, and the Resource Allocation Program of UCSF.

Dr. Gómez earned her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She also received an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University.

Many of Dr. Gómez's full-text publications can be found on the University of California's eScholarship platform.

Research/Expertise

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health 
  • HIV Prevention
  • Gender Equity
  • Violence against Women
  • Transgender Health
  • Health Equity
  • Social Determinants of Health

Teaching

I currently teach SW282, a yearlong research methods course for 2nd year MSW students. I occasionally teach SW250L: Human Sexuality.

Current Projects

In the News

Curriculum Vitae

Expanded Publications

Gómez AM, Wapman M*. (In Press). "Under (Implicit) Pressure: Young Black and Latina Women’s Perceptions of Contraceptive Care." Contraception.

Brignone, L*, Gómez AM. (In Press). "Double Jeopardy: Predictors of Elevated Lethality Risk Among IPV Victims Seen in Emergency Departments." Preventive Medicine.

Gómez AM, Mann ES, Torres V(In Press). "‘It Would Have Control Over Me Instead of Me Having Control’: Intrauterine Devices and the Meaning of Reproductive Freedom." Critical Public Health.

Gómez AM. (In Press). "Abortion and Subsequent Depressive Symptoms: An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health." Psychological Medicine.

Gómez AM, Freihart B*. (In Press). "Motivations for Interest, Disinterest and Uncertainty in Intrauterine Device Use." Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Downey MM*, Arteaga S*, Villaseñor EV, Gómez AM. (In Press). "More Than a Destination: Contraceptive Decision-Making As a Journey." Women’s Health Issues.

Gubrium A, Mann ES, Borrero S, Dehlendorf C, Fields J, Geronimus AT, Gómez AM, Harris LH, Higgins J, Kimport K, Luker K, Luna Z, Mamo L, Roberts D, Romero D, Sisson G. (2016). "Realizing Reproductive Health Equity Needs More than Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)." American Journal of Public Health 106(1), 18-19.

Arteaga S*, Gómez AM. (2016). “`Is That a Method of Birth Control?’ A Qualitative Exploration of Young Women’s Use of Withdrawal.” Journal of Sex Research 53(4-5): 626-632.  

Campbell C*, Gómez AM, Wilson P, Grisham K*, Hoff C, Dworkin S. (2016). "Sexual Behavior and HIV Risk Among Age-Discrepant, Same-Sex Male Couples:  A Qualitative Exploration." Culture, Health and Sexuality 18(12): 1319-1332.

Marshall CJ*, Gómez AM. (2015). “Young Men’s Awareness and Knowledge of Intrauterine Devices in the United States.” Contraception 92(5): 494-500.

Fonseka R*, Minnis AM, Gómez AM. (2015). “Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration among Sri Lankan Men.” PLoS ONE. 

Gómez AM, Clark J. (2014). “The Relationship between Contraceptive Features Preferred by Young Women and Interest in IUDs: An Exploratory Analysis.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46(3), 157-63.

Gómez AM, Allina A, Fuentes L. (2014). “Women or LARC First? Reproductive Autonomy and the Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46(3), 171-5

Campbell C, Gómez AM, Dworkin S, Wilson P, Grisham K, McReynolds J, Vielehr P, Hoff C. (2013). “Health, Trust, or ‘Just Understood?’: Condom Decision-making Processes of Black, White, & Interracial Gay Couples." Archives of Sexual Behavior 43(4), 697-706.

Gómez AM, Beougher SC, Chakravarty D, Neilands TB, Mandic CG, Darbes LA, Hoff CC (2012). “Relationship Dynamics as Predictors of Broken Agreements About Outside Sexual Partners: Implications for HIV Prevention Among Gay Couples.AIDS & Behavior 16(2), 1584-8.

Speizer IS, Gómez AM, Stewart J, Voss P. (2011). “Community-Level HIV Behaviors and HIV Prevalence Among Women and Men in Zimbabwe.” AIDS Education and Prevention 23(5), 437-47.

Gómez AM. (2011). “Sexual Violence as a Predictor of Unintended Pregnancy, Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need Among Female Youth in Colombia.” Journal of Women’s Health 20(9), 1349-56. 

Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Moracco KE. (2011) “Linkages Between Gender Equity and Intimate Partner Violence Among Urban Brazilian Youth.” Journal of Adolescent Health 49(4), 393-99. 

 

Gómez AM. (2011) “Testing the Cycle of Violence Hypothesis: Child Abuse and Adolescent Dating Violence as Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood.” Youth & Society 43(1), 171-92. 

 

Gómez AM, Speizer IS. (2010) “Community-Level Intimate Partner Violence and the Circumstances of First Sex Among Young Women from Five African Countries.” Reproductive Health 7(11). 

 

Speizer IS, Beauvais BF, Gómez AM, Finn T, Roussel B. (2009) “Using Multiple Sampling Approaches to Measure Sexual Risk-Taking Among Young People in Haiti: Programmatic Implications.” Studies in Family Planning 40(4), 277-88. 

 

Gómez AM, Speizer IS. (2009) “Intersections Between Childhood Abuse and Adult Intimate Partner Violence Among Ecuadorian Women.” Maternal and Child Health Journal 13(4), 559-66. 

 

Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Beauvais HF. (2009) “Sexual Violence and Reproductive Health Among Youth in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.” Journal of Adolescent Health 44(5), 508-10. 

 

Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Reynolds H, Murray N, Beauvais HF. (2008) “Age Differences at Sexual Debut and Subsequent Reproductive Health: Is There a Link?” Reproductive Health 5(8). 

 

Miller M, Liao Y, Gómez AM, Gaydos C, D’Mellow DM. (2008) “Factors Associated with the Prevalence and Incidence of Trichomonas Vaginalis Among African American Women Who Use Drugs in New York City.” The Journal of Infectious Diseases 197(4), 503-9.

 

Gómez AM, Grimes DA, Lopez LM, Schulz KF. (2007) “Steroid Hormones for Contraception in Women with Sickle Cell Disease.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 

Reports

Speizer IS, Finn A, Manchikanti A, Beauvais H, Roussel B. (2007) Risk-taking Behaviors Among Youth Socializing in Target Venues of Carrefour, Haiti: Adaptation of the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) Methodology. Chapel Hill, NC: MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina. 

 

Book Contributions 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Measures of Fertility.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Measures of Fetal Death.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System.” InEncyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Manchikanti A. (2007). “National Maternal and Infant Health Survey.” InEncyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “United Nations Children’s Fund.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Hoff C, Manchikanti A. (2005). “Spoken and Unspoken Desires: Sexual Negotiation and Communication Strategies Among HIV-Positive Gay and Bisexual Men.” In HIV+ Sex: The Psychological and Interpersonal Dynamics of HIV-Seropositive Gay and Bisexual Men's Relationships. Eds. Perry Halkitis, Cynthia Gómez, Richard Wolitski. Washington DC: American Psychological Association Books.