Claire Brindis, DrPH

Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
Executive Director, National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center
Associate Director, Public Policy Analysis & Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health


Dr. Brindis, a native of Argentina, conducts research focused on child, adolescent and women's health policy, as well as on the implementation of health care reform and immigration health. Dr. Brindis served as a frequent policy advisor to government policymakers and private foundations. Her writings, publications and personal consultation in the field of adolescent pregnancy prevention were extensively utilized in the planning and implementation of various state and federal initiatives.

Dr. Brindis has served as Chair of the Population, Reproductive Health and Family Planning Section of the American Public Health Association and formerly on the Board of the Guttmacher Institute. She also participated on the steering committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Objectives for 2010, as well as for 2020. She served on the Institute of Medicine committee that made recommendations to eliminate co-payments for women’s preventive health services under the Accountable Care Act. Dr. Brindis is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's Latino Pregnancy Prevention.


Areas of interest:

  • Adolescent and child health policy
  • Adolescent health disparities
  • Adolescent pregnancy and pregnancy prevention
  • Adolescent health and risk-taking behaviors
  • Reproductive health services for men and women
  • Program evaluations of academic, school-based clinics, and other community interventions
  • Latino adolescent reproductive health
  • Global reproductive health, migration and health
  • US healthcare reform
  • Research training and infrastructure development in developing countries


Honors and awards:

  • Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health in recognition of her contributions to the health of California women and adolescents, 2000
  • Maternal and Child Health Director’s Award in recognition of her contributions made to improve the health of infants, mothers, children, adolescents, and children with special health care needs in the nation, 2001
  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine, 2011



  • University of California, Los Angeles, Master’s Degree in Public Health
  • University of California, Berkeley, Doctoral Degree in Public Health and Behavioral Sciences