Kirsten Thompson

Project Director
Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
+1 628 206-5110

My goal is to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights through creative solutions and new technologies. My tools include research, communications, advocacy, and design.

Some recent projects:

• Coordinating the national cluster randomized trial with 40 Planned Parenthood health centers and 1,500 young women.

• Developing evidence-based provider training about IUDs and implants, delivered in-service and online.

• Creating educational tools about birth control for young people, including videos, posters and charts.

• Helping provide up-to-date information about birth control to its readers.

• Developing a Reimbursement Guide for IUDs and implants with ACOG, NFPRHA, NHeLP, and NWLC.


Association of Travel Distance to Nearest Abortion Facility With Rates of Abortion.

JAMA network open

Thompson KMJ, Sturrock HJW, Foster DG, Upadhyay UD

Commentary on Research to Improve Contraceptive and Multipurpose Prevention Technologies.


Joseph Speidel J, Townsend J, Williams E, Quam J, Thompson KMJ

Estimating the Prevalence of United States Women with Alcohol-exposed Pregnancies and Births.

Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

Roberts SCM, Thompson KM

Training contraceptive providers to offer intrauterine devices and implants in contraceptive care: a cluster randomized trial.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Thompson KMJ, Rocca CH, Stern L, Morfesis J, Goodman S, Steinauer J, Harper CC

Contraception after medication abortion in the United States: results from a cluster randomized trial.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Rocca CH, Goodman S, Grossman D, Cadwallader K, Thompson KMJ, Talmont E, Speidel JJ, Harper CC

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Counseling and Use for Older Adolescents and Nulliparous Women.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Gibbs SE, Rocca CH, Bednarek P, Thompson KMJ, Darney PD, Harper CC

Public Funding for Contraception, Provider Training, and Use of Highly Effective Contraceptives: A Cluster Randomized Trial.

American journal of public health

Thompson KM, Rocca CH, Kohn JE, Goodman S, Stern L, Blum M, Speidel JJ, Darney PD, Harper CC

Funding policies and postabortion long-acting reversible contraception: results from a cluster randomized trial.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Rocca CH, Thompson KM, Goodman S, Westhoff CL, Harper CC

Reductions in pregnancy rates in the USA with long-acting reversible contraception: a cluster randomised trial.

Lancet (London, England)

Harper CC, Rocca CH, Thompson KM, Morfesis J, Goodman S, Darney PD, Westhoff CL, Speidel JJ

Counseling for IUDs and implants: are health educators and clinicians on the same page?

Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

Thompson KM, Stern L, Gelt M, Speidel JJ, Harper CC

Counseling and provision of long-acting reversible contraception in the US: national survey of nurse practitioners.

Preventive medicine

Harper CC, Stratton L, Raine TR, Thompson K, Henderson JT, Blum M, Postlethwaite D, Speidel JJ

Pregnancy: not a disease but still a health risk.


Speidel JJ, Rocca CH, Thompson KM, Harper CC

Access to levonorgestrel emergency contraception: science versus federal politics.

Women's health (London, England)

Thompson KM, Raine TR, Foster DG, Speidel JJ, Darney PD, Brindis CD, Harper CC

Evidence-based IUD practice: family physicians and obstetrician-gynecologists.

Family medicine

Harper CC, Henderson JT, Raine TR, Goodman S, Darney PD, Thompson KM, Dehlendorf C, Speidel JJ

Postabortion contraception: qualitative interviews on counseling and provision of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods.

Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

Morse J, Freedman L, Speidel JJ, Thompson KM, Stratton L, Harper CC

Increased use of intrauterine contraception in California, 1997 to 2007.

Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

Thompson KM, Foster DG, Harper CC

Our Bodies, Ourselves. Zeldes K, Cupaiuolo C, et al. (Eds.)

Birth control.

Thompson KM, Westhoff C, Blanchard K, et al.

Contraceptive policies affect post-abortion provision of long-acting reversible contraception.


Thompson KM, Speidel JJ, Saporta V, Waxman NJ, Harper CC