Diana Greene Foster, PhD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences 
Director of Research, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)
Director, Bixby Population Sciences Research Unit


Dr. Foster is a demographer who uses quantitative models and analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of family planning policies and the effect of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives. Dr. Foster has worked on the evaluation of the California State family planning program, Family PACT. This work demonstrated the effectiveness of the program in reducing the incidence of unintended pregnancy. Dr. Foster created a new methodology for estimating pregnancies averted based on a Markov model and a microsimulation to identify the cost-effectiveness of advance provision of emergency contraception. She is currently leading a nationwide longitudinal prospective study of the health and well-being of women who seek abortion, including both women who do and do not receive the abortion. 



  • University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor's Degree in the Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • Princeton University, Master's Degree in Public and International Affairs and Doctorate in Demography and Public Policy