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 contraception (non)use in the United States.
My research interests include contraception, antenatal and newborn screening, and qualitative and mixed-methods research methodologies.
Absorbing it all: A meta-ethnography of parents’ unfolding experiences of newborn screening
White AL. et al, (2021), Social Science & Medicine, 114367 - 114367
Men’s Vasectomy Knowledge, Attitudes, and Information-Seeking Behaviors in the Southern United States: Results From an Exploratory Survey
White AL. et al, (2020), American Journal of Men's Health, 14, 155798832094936 - 155798832094936
nnA qualitative exploration of men's perceptions of the terms “male sterilization” versus “vasectomy” in the southern United States
White AL. et al, (2021), Contraception
Patients' experiences with South Carolina's immediate postpartum Long-acting reversible contraception Medicaid policy
Mann ES. et al, (2019), Contraception, 100, 165 - 171
‘You just have to learn to keep moving on’: young women’s experiences with unplanned pregnancy in the Cook Islands
White AL. et al, (2018), Culture, Health and Sexuality, 20, 731 - 745