Corinne Rocca, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Rocca is an epidemiologist whose research examines access to and quality of reproductive health care, with the goal of informing improved clinical practice and contraceptive policy in the US and internationally. Her research focuses on understanding pregnancy intentions, including what influences women’s attitudes towards pregnancy and how these attitudes translate into contraceptive behavior. She uses quantitative psychometric techniques based in item response theory to improve the measurement of latent variables important to reproductive health, including pregnancy intention, contraceptive intention and childbearing attitudes. As a UCSF-Kaiser BIRCWH scholar, she is examining the contribution of these variables to persistent disparities in unintended pregnancy in the US. She is also leading a new study to develop a prospective measure of desire to avoid pregnancy; evaluate how attitudes evolve during pregnancy decision-making; and investigate how unintended pregnancy affects women’s health and well-being over time.

Dr. Rocca’s work also examines access to abortion in the US and Nepal, where she has collaborated on several studies assessing abortion care after its legalization in 2002. Her research investigating unsafe abortion in Nepal found a need to innovate care in medication abortion for women in remote areas. She is currently evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medication abortion provided by trained nurses in pharmacy clinic settings. For the Turnaway Study, she is evaluating women’s long-term emotions and decision rightness after having an abortion in the US.


Areas of interest:

  • Access to contraception
  • Pregnancy intentions
  • Latent variable measurement
  • Reproductive health disparities
  • Post-abortion contraception
  • Abortion
  • South Asia
  • Epidemiology



  • University of California, Berkeley, Doctorate in Epidemiology
  • Columbia University, Master's in Public Health
  • Stanford University, Bachelor's in Human Biology