Congratulations to UCSF Bixby Center member Diana Greene Foster, PhD on receiving the Society of Family Planning's Robert A. Hatcher Family Planning Mentor Award.
The award honors individuals who demonstrate "dedication to supporting and furthering the careers of a new generation of medical professionals in the field of family planning." As both a professor at UCSF and Director of Research at ANSIRH
, Dr. Foster has mentored many social scientists through doctoral work and burgeoning research careers. As the Society of Family Planning notes, Dr. Foster's work leading the groundbreaking Turnaway Study
, which studied the health and well-being of nearly 1,000 women after they received or were denied a wanted abortion, "has received widespread media attention and...reframed the abortion debate." She has also led several other impactful research efforts using quantitative models and analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of family planning policies, programs and methods.
Given annually and established in 2013, the award is named for Robert A. Hatcher, MD, MPH, who dedicated much of his career to mentorship, authored the leading reference textbook Contraceptive Technology, and founded the annual Contraceptive Technology conferences.