Gretchen Sisson, PhD

Qualitative Sociologist, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)

Dr. Sisson's research focuses on social constructions of parenthood, specifically examining teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, and adoption and birth motherhood. Her current research with ANSIRH focuses on representations of abortion and reproductive decision-making in popular culture, including film and television. Dr. Sisson’s past work on reframing models of teen pregnancy prevention has been published in the Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 



  • Amherst College, Bachelor's Degree 
  • Boston College, Doctorate