Andrea L. DeMaria

2019 Winner

Position: Assistant Professor Organization: Purdue University

PhD from Texas A&M University

Additional Degrees and Certifications:
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch; Galveston, TX
    MS, University of North Texas; Denton, TX
    BA, Purdue University; West Lafayette, IN
    Awards Received:
    • Award:
      Gretchen Carlson Advocacy Fellow
      Awarding Organization:
      March of Dimes
      Date Awarded:
      June 1, 2018
    • Award:
      2019 Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award
      Awarding Organization:
      Purdue University
      Date Awarded:
      May 14, 2019
    • Award:
      Public Health Faculty Member of the Year
      Awarding Organization:
      Purdue University
      Date Awarded:
      May 1, 2018

“Andrea DeMaria is a fierce female scientist, passionate professor, and reproductive health advocate at Purdue University. Her innovative methods have expanded family planning research, programs, and policies and resulted in community collaborations.”

Stephanie Meier, Doctoral Candidate at Purdue University

Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have published 25+ manuscripts in top tier journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women and Birth, and Health Communication since completing my degrees in 2011 and presented 100+ times across 10 countries.

Domestically, my work explores contraceptive choice, including implementing a LARC (IUD/implant) campaign. I am disrupting the status quo by changing LARC attitudes and behaviors. Other projects include increasing rural reproductive healthcare through telehealth and paramedicine programs.

Internationally, I research contraceptive decision-making in Italy. I investigate novel policy and purchase outlets for condoms and emergency contraception aimed at decreasing purchase embarrassment and increasing access. My work yields international partnerships.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion was ignited in Texas where I instructed undergraduate health courses. I quickly assessed reproductive health knowledge disparities, explored family planning outcomes, and developed innovative ways to address diverse needs.

I then moved to South Carolina where 50%+ of pregnancies were unplanned. I was empowered to conduct research, implement programs, and influence policy to improve reproductive health outcomes and access.

Igniting change and improving lives inspires me.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

As a March of Dimes Advocacy Fellow, I use my research to bring awareness to reproductive health issues. I advocate for policies, write informed testimony, and serve as a community resource.

I co-chaired a women’s health symposium for experts to share groundbreaking research/programs, discuss state strategies, and network to increase collaboration.

I passionately mentor the next generation of family planning and reproductive health experts through my research, teaching, and service.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? 

This opportunity will impact me, my mentees, and my community.

Funds will support my research vision and translate into program and policy development aimed at improving family planning and increasing reproductive healthcare access through telehealth and paramedicine.

Outcomes will be shared via old/new media, professional websites, and diverse presentations in an effort to spread the information, skills, and network resulting from this opportunity so others can learn and grow with me.

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