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Ashley White

MPH, PHD


Qualitative Researcher

I joined the Medical Sociology & Health Experiences Research Group in January 2020. I am currently working on a study assessing the benefits and harms of antenatal and newborn screening in the United Kingdom in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Oxford, the University of Warwick, and the University of Aberdeen. I am also working on a study to understand people’s experiences of urogynaecological conditions.

I have a background in public health and have focused on exploring reproduction using a sociological lens. My work examines how individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural factors shape how people make decisions about contraception, pregnancy, and parenthood. I completed my PhD in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina in May 2020. My doctoral research used multiple methods to assess influences on vasectomy use among men in the United States. I also completed a master’s in global public health from Trinity College, Dublin and a bachelor’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Previously, I have worked on studies about adolescent pregnancy in the South Pacific Islands and long-acting reversible contraception among women in the United States. 

My research interests include contraception, antenatal and newborn screening, and qualitative and mixed-methods research methodologies.