Ashley Mitchell

Graduate Student Researcher
GHS - Programs

I am a doctoral candidate in the Global Health Sciences program at UCSF.

Recently I have been involved in domestic and international projects prioritizing contraceptive access, fertility norms, experiences of female genital fistula, and midwifery-led efforts to improve the referral process during obstetric emergencies, among others. My research has highlighted opportunities to improve reproductive and maternal agency and health and has demonstrated my ability to effectively collaborate with multinational, interdisciplinary teams.

As a global public health researcher, educator, and practitioner, I plan to remain at the intersections of academia, community partnership, and research. I desire to engage in inquiry and praxis that advances health equity and agency—particularly among people with the capacity for pregnancy. Drawing inspiration from intersectional feminism and decolonization, my primary research interests include global reproductive health, wellness, and justice. I am motivated to promote reimagined solutions that are more effective, respectful, and comprehensive.


Contraceptive access experiences and perspectives of Mexican-origin youth: a binational qualitative study.

Sexual and reproductive health matters

Mitchell A, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Brindis CD, Decker MJ

Factors associated with reintegration trajectory following female genital fistula surgery in Uganda.

AJOG global reports

Bigley R, Barageine J, Nalubwama H, Neuhaus J, Mitchell A, Miller S, Obore S, Byamugisha J, Korn A, El Ayadi AM

Impact of Sumadhur intervention on fertility and family planning decision-making norms: a mixed methods study.

Reproductive health

Mitchell A, Puri MC, Dahal M, Cornell A, Upadhyay UD, Diamond-Smith NG

Women's sexual activity and experiences following female genital fistula surgery.

The journal of sexual medicine

El Ayadi AM, Nalubwama H, Miller S, Mitchell A, Korn AP, Chen CCG, Byamugisha J, Painter C, Obore S, Barageine JK

The social, economic, emotional, and physical experiences of caregivers for women with female genital fistula in Uganda: A qualitative study.

Global public health

El Ayadi AM, Mitchell A, Nalubwama H, Miller S, Semere W, Barageine JK, Korn AP, Obore S, Lucas R, Byamugisha J

The development and feasibility of a group-based household-level intervention to improve preconception nutrition in Nawalparasi district of Nepal.

BMC public health

Diamond-Smith N, Mitchell A, Cornell A, Dahal M, Gopalakrishnan L, Johnson M, Weiser S, Puri M

Decision Making and Communication About Child Spacing Among Somali Couples in Minnesota.

Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

Cox CM, Ahmed F, Mitchell A, Ganey A, Kahin A, Kahin A