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 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Society for Family Planning Research Fund, the Berkeley Population Center, the Institute for Research on Labor and Education at UCB, the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, and Gilead Sciences. In 2017, she was named a winner of 120 Under 40, a global initiative to identify the next generation of family planning leaders. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Gómez currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Women's Health Network and Ibis Reproductive Health.
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.
Office: Haviland Hall 305
Phone: (510) 642-0722
Research / Expertise
- Health and Healthcare Disparities
- Sexual and Reproductive Health
- HIV Prevention
- Gender Equity
- Violence against Women
- Transgender Health
- Health Equity
- Social Determinants of Health
I typically teach SW282, a yearlong research methods course for 2nd year MSW students. I occasionally teach SW250L: Human Sexuality. I wll be teaching SW282B in Spring 2020.
- Moving Beyond Unintended Pregnancy
- Stage of Change: A Study of LARC Removal
- Contraception Access in Pharmacies
- The Young Couples Study
- Reframing the IUD Initiative
- Transgender Reproductive Health Study
- Mi Salud, Mi Voz / My Health, My Voice
- Saving Our Ladies from early births and Reducing Stress (SOLARS)
Honors / Awards
- 2018 RISE Leader, Gender Equity Resource Center, University of California, Berkeley
- 2017 Outstanding Young Professional Award, Sexual and Reproductive Health Section, American Public Health Association
- 2017 Winner, 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University
- 2017-2018 Faculty Award, Institute on Research on Labor and Education, University of California, Berkeley
- 2016 2nd Place, Top Poster Abstract, North American Forum on Family Planning
- 2011-2014 NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
In The News
- Pharmacies now can offer birth control to women without a prescription, but few do (Quoted) (Los Angeles Times)
- Few California pharmacists prescribing birth control (Quoted)(Reuters Health)
- Few California pharmacies prescribe birth control despite new law, study finds (Quoted) (Daily Californian)
- Long-Acting Contraception Makes Teen Pregnancy Rates Plummet. So Why Are Some Women Still Skeptical? (Quoted)(The Nation)
- Weighing the Sheen effect: How worried are women about HIV these days? (Quoted) (New York Times 12.18.15)
Gómez AM, McCullough C, Fadda R*, Ganguly B*, Gustafson E*, Severson N*, Tomlitz J*. (In Press). "Facilitators and Barriers to Implementing Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraception: A Qualitative Study with Independent Pharmacists in California." Women & Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2019.1635561
Gómez AM, Arteaga S, Aronson N*, Goodkind M*, Houston L*, West E*. (In Press). “No Perfect Method: Exploring How Past Contraceptive Experiences Influence Current Attitudes Toward Intrauterine Devices.” Archives of Sexual Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-1424-7
Rodriguez AR*, Arcara J*, Deardoff J, Gómez AM. (In Press). "The Association between Religiosity and Pregnancy Acceptability among Latino/a Young Adults: Does Generational Status Matter?” Culture, Health and Sexuality. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2019.1581260
Goin DE*, Gómez AM, Farkas K, Zimmerman S, Matthay E, Ahern J. (In Press). “Exposure to Community Homicide During Pregnancy and Adverse Birth Outcomes: A Within-Community Matched Design.” Epidemiology. http://doi.org/10.1097/EDE.0000000000001044
Mann ES, White A, Rogers P, Gómez AM. (2019). “Patients’ Experiences with South Carolina’s Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Medicaid Policy.” Contraception 100(2): 165-171. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2019.04.007
Gómez AM, Arteaga S, Ingraham N, Arcara J*. (2019). “Medical Conditions, Pregnancy Perspectives, and Contraceptive Decision-Making among Young People: An Exploratory, Qualitative Analysis.” Contraception 100(1): 72-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2019.03.046
Lyons S*, Arcara J*, Deardorff J, Gómez AM. (2019). "Financial Strain and Contraceptive Use in the United States: Differential Effects by Age.” Women’s Health Issues 29(2): 153-160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2018.12.006
Neilands TB, Chakravarty D, Dworkin SL, Campbell CK*, Wilson PA, Gómez AM, Grisham KK, Hoff CC. (2019). "Development and Validation of the Power Imbalance in Couples Scale (PICS)." Archives of Sexual Behavior 48(3): 763-779. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-018-1190-y
Gómez AM, Arteaga S*, Villaseñor EV, Arcara J*, Freihart B*. (2019). "The Misclassification of Ambivalence in Pregnancy Intentions: A Mixed-Methods Analysis." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 51(1): 7-15. https://doi.org/10.1363/psrh.12088
Arteaga S, Caton L*, Gómez AM. (2019). "Planned, Unplanned, and In-Between: The Meaning and Context of Pregnancy Planning for Young People." Contraception 99(1): 16-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2018.08.012
Gómez AM, Arteaga S, Ingraham N, Arcara J*, Villaseñor EV. (2018). "It’s Not Planned, but Is It Okay? The Acceptability of Unplanned Pregnancy Among Young People." Women's Health Issues 28(5): 408-414. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2018.07.001
Gómez AM, Arcara J*. (2018). "Privately Insured Women’s Expectations of Contraceptive Access without the Affordable Care Act and the Influence of State Contraceptive Equity Protections." Social Service Review 92(3): 349-368. https://doi.org/10.1086/698538
Gómez AM, McCullough C, Hoff C. (2018). "Expectations of Future Provision of Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraception in California." American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 218(6): 627–628. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2018.02.006
Downey MM, Gómez AM. (2018). "Beyond Immutable Barriers: Structural Competency and Reproductive Health." AMA Journal of Ethics 20(3): 211-223.
Gómez AM, Mann ES, Torres V. (2018). "‘It Would Have Control Over Me Instead of Me Having Control’: Intrauterine Devices and the Meaning of Reproductive Freedom." Critical Public Health 28(2): 190-200.
Gómez AM. (2018). "Abortion and Subsequent Depressive Symptoms: An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health." Psychological Medicine 48(2): 294-304.
Gómez AM. (2017). "Availability of Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception in California, 2017." JAMA 318(22):2253-2254
Gómez AM, Wapman M*. (2017). "Under (Implicit) Pressure: Young Black and Latina Women’s Perceptions of Contraceptive Care." Contraception 96(4) 221-226..
Brignone, L*, Gómez AM. (2017). "Double Jeopardy: Predictors of Elevated Lethality Risk Among IPV Victims Seen in Emergency Departments." Preventive Medicine 103: 20–25.
Gómez AM, Freihart B*. (2017). "Motivations for Interest, ;Disinterest and Uncertainty in IUD Use." Maternal and Child Health Journal 21(9): 1753–1762.
Downey MM*, Arteaga S*, Villaseñor EV, Gómez AM. (2017). "More Than a Destination: Contraceptive Decision-Making As a Journey." Women’s Health Issues 27(5): 539–545.
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, Hartofelis EC, Finlayson S, Clark JB. (2015). “Do Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Intrauterine Devices Predict Interest in Their Use?” Women’s Health Issues 25(4): 359-65.
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) “https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X11000449?via%... 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.
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.
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.