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Elizabeth Ela, Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin

Ela Contact: ejela@utexas.edu

Elizabeth (Liz) Ela is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at The University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center. She is a social demographer and medical sociologist with expertise in survey design and quantitative analysis of longitudinal survey data. Her work focuses on contraceptive behavior and reproductive health service use. She is particularly interested in knowledge and attitudes about contraception and pregnancy, as well as disparities in reproductive health by race, socioeconomic status, and sexuality.

Liz earned her doctorate in Sociology in 2018 from the University of Michigan, where she was a NICHD predoctoral trainee at the Population Studies Center. She was a graduate research assistant with the Relationship Dynamics & Social Life (RDSL) study, a longitudinal survey of sex, contraception, and unintended pregnancy among a cohort of young adult women. Her dissertation uses RDSL data to investigate the consequences of perceived pregnancy risk and health numeracy on young women’s contraceptive use. Liz also served as the data manager for two surveys examining barriers to reproductive health service use among college students in the U.S. and among adolescent and young adult women in Ghana.

When not at work, Liz enjoys cooking, dancing, and powerlifting. She is also an avid follower of women’s soccer.

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