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Dana Johnson

MPAff, The University of Texas at Austin

PRC Graduate Research Trainee
Dana Johnson



Sexual and reproductive health, social policy, fertility, population health


Dana Johnson is a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Demography and NICHD Pre-Doctoral fellow at the University of Texas. Formerly, she was a grassroots organizer for a reproductive rights organization. She grew up in Wisconsin, received her BA in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and got her Master’s in Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Journal of Public Health, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, among other places.

Her research focuses on changing public policy to make abortion care more affordable and acceptable in the United States. She uses a mixed-methods approach to analyze in-depth interview data, survey data, and data on the safety and effectiveness of medication abortion. Her dissertation research has two components: First, she examines how economic factors shape people’s experiences self-managing their own abortion outside of the formal healthcare setting using pills ordered from the internet. Second, she explores a new abortion care model intended to expand access using a hybrid telemedicine/pharmacy pick-up model.

Dana is also a researcher for Project SANA, an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Texas examining the intricacies of self-managed abortion in the United States. Project SANA’s research has been used as evidence challenging many restrictive abortion policies, including the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court case June Medical Services v. Gee.

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