Kelsey Holt, MA, ScD

Associate Prof In Residence
Family Community Medicine

Dr. Holt is a social and behavioral scientist whose research portfolio is dedicated to identifying ways to promote equity and person-centeredness within the sexual and reproductive health field. Drawing on training in anthropology and public health, Dr. Holt deploys diverse methodological approaches in her research. She has partnered with researchers, advocates, and implementing partners across more than ten countries on projects to build the evidence base on people’s preferences for and experiences with reproductive healthcare; to develop new frameworks and measures to advance a focus on human rights and person-centeredness in sexual and reproductive health; and to develop and evaluate novel interventions to promote reproductive health and agency. Her current projects span Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and the United States.


Conceptualizing Contraceptive Agency: A Critical Step to Enable Human Rights-Based Family Planning Programs and Measurement.

Global health, science and practice

Holt K, Challa S, Alitubeera P, Atuyambe L, Dehlendorf C, Galavotti C, Idiodi I, Jegede A, Omoluabi E, Waiswa P, Upadhyay U

Many Cooks in the Kitchen: Iterating a Qualitative Analysis Process Across Multiple Countries, Sites, and Teams.

Global health, science and practice

Suchman L, Gitome S, Nyando M, Kwena ZA, Wekesa P, Okumu S, Ndunyu L, Okoli C, Tijani A, Jegede A, Idiodi I, Nmadu G, Dimowo S, Maluwa A, Atuyambe L, Birabwa C, Alitubeera P, Kaudha B, Kayego A, Jumbe T, Mtalimanja I, Vallin J, Sinha E, Phillips BS, Amongin D, Bukusi E, Holt K, Kamanga M, Liu J, Malata A, Omoluabi E, Waiswa P

Adaptation and validation of the quality of contraceptive counseling (QCC) scale for use in Ethiopia and India.

PloS one

Holt K, Gebrehanna E, Sarnaik S, Kanchan L, Reed R, Yesuf A, Uttekar BV

Analyzing fast and slow: Combining traditional and rapid qualitative analysis to meet multiple objectives of a complex transnational study.

Frontiers in sociology

Suchman L, Omoluabi E, Kramer J, Vallin J, Sedlander E, Gitome S, Wekesa P, Kwena Z, Granovsky R, Kayego A, Kaudha B, Atuyambe L, Amongin D, Alitubeera P, Tijani A, Okoli C, Jegede A, Kamanga M, Nyando M, Ndunyu L, Holt K, ICAN Research Consortium

Preference-Aligned Fertility Management as a Person-Centered Alternative to Contraceptive Use-Focused Measures.

Studies in family planning

Holt K, Galavotti C, Omoluabi E, Challa S, Waiswa P, Liu J

Reduction of the Quality of Contraceptive Counseling (QCC) scale to a short version (QCC-10) in Ethiopia, India, and Mexico.


Holt K, Karp C, Uttekar BV, Quintero X, Gebrehanna E, Kanchan L, Zavala I

Contraceptive care experiences and preferences among Black women in Mississippi: A qualitative study.


Reed R, Osby O, Nelums M, Welchlin C, Konate R, Holt K

Family Physicians' Barriers and Facilitators in Incorporating Medication Abortion.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM

Razon N, Wulf S, Perez C, McNeil S, Maldonado L, Fields AB, Holt K, Fox E, Silverstein I, Dehlendorf C

Understanding quality of contraceptive services from women's perspectives in Gujarat, India: a focus group study.

BMJ open

Holt K, Uttekar BV, Reed R, Adams M, Kanchan L, Langer A, Barge S

Development of the Person-Centered Contraceptive Counseling scale (PCCC), a short form of the Interpersonal Quality of Family Planning care scale.


Dehlendorf C, Fox E, Silverstein IA, Hoffman A, Campora Pérez MP, Holt K, Reed R, Hessler D

Homelessness, housing instability, and abortion outcomes at an urban abortion clinic in the United States.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Orlando MS, Vable AM, Holt K, Wingo E, Newmann S, Shapiro BJ, Borne D, Drey EA, Seidman D

Beyond same-day long-acting reversible contraceptive access: a person-centered framework for advancing high-quality, equitable contraceptive care.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Holt K, Reed R, Crear-Perry J, Scott C, Wulf S, Dehlendorf C

Cluster Randomized Trial of a Patient-Centered Contraceptive Decision Support Tool, My Birth Control.

Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey

Christine Dehlendorf, Judith Fitzpatrick, Edith Fox, Kelsey Holt, Eric Vittinghoff, Reiley Reed, Maria Paula Campora, Abby Sokoloff, Miriam Kuppermann

Patient-provider communication before and after implementation of the contraceptive decision support tool My Birth Control.

Patient education and counseling

Holt K, Kimport K, Kuppermann M, Fitzpatrick J, Steinauer J, Dehlendorf C

Cluster randomized trial of a patient-centered contraceptive decision support tool, My Birth Control.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Dehlendorf C, Fitzpatrick J, Fox E, Holt K, Vittinghoff E, Reed R, Campora MP, Sokoloff A, Kuppermann M

Women's preferences for contraceptive counseling in Mexico: Results from a focus group study.

Reproductive health

Holt K, Zavala I, Quintero X, Mendoza D, McCormick MC, Dehlendorf C, Lieberman E, Langer A

'These people who dig roots in the forests cannot treat HIV': Women and men in Durban, South Africa, reflect on traditional medicine and antiretroviral drugs.

Global public health

Weintraub A, Mantell JE, Holt K, Street RA, Wilkey C, Dawad S, Masvawure TB, Hoffman S

Pregnancy Options Counseling and Abortion Referrals Among US Primary Care Physicians: Results From a National Survey.

Family medicine

Holt K, Janiak E, McCormick MC, Lieberman E, Dehlendorf C, Kajeepeta S, Caglia JM, Langer A

Predictors of pregnancy options counseling and abortion referrals or dissuasion among United States primary care physicians: results from a national survey.


K Holt, E Janiak, MC McCormick, E Lieberman, C Dehlendorf, S Kajeepeta, JM Caglia, A Langer

Knowledge of Abortion Laws and Services Among Low-Income Women in Three United States Cities.

Journal of immigrant and minority health

Lara D, Holt K, Peña M, Grossman D

Reproductive health access among deployed U.S. servicewomen: a qualitative study.

Military medicine

Manski R, Grindlay K, Burns B, Holt K, Grossman D

Military sexual trauma among US servicewomen during deployment: a qualitative study.

American journal of public health

Burns B, Grindlay K, Holt K, Manski R, Grossman D

Military sexual trauma among U.S. servicewomen during deployment: a qualitative study.


B. Burns, K. Grindlay, K. Holt, R. Manski, D. Grossman

A nationally representative survey of healthcare provider counselling and provision of the female condom in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

BMJ open

Holt K, Blanchard K, Chipato T, Nhemachena T, Blum M, Stratton L, Morar N, Ramjee G, Harper CC


International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics

D. Andjelic, K. Holt, D. Grossman, C. Tatum

Willingness of clinicians to integrate microbicides into HIV prevention practices in southern Africa.

AIDS and behavior

Harper CC, Holt K, Nhemachena T, Chipato T, Ramjee G, Stratton L, Blum M, McCulloch CE, Mgweba S, Blanchard K

Assessment of service availability and health care workers' opinions about young women's sexual and reproductive health in Soweto, South Africa.

African Journal of Reproductive Health

Holt K, Lince N, Hargey A, Struthers H, Nkala B, Mclntyre J, Gray G, Mnyani C, Blanchard K

Contraception access and use among US military women deployed overseas.


K. Grindlay, K. Holt, D. Grossman

Impact of learning HIV status on contraceptive use in the MIRA trial.

The journal of family planning and reproductive health care

Blanchard K, Holt K, Bostrom A, van der Straten A, Ramjee G, de Bruyn G, Chipato T, Montgomery ET, Padian NS

Self-induction of abortion among women in the United States.

Reproductive health matters

Grossman D, Holt K, Peña M, Lara D, Veatch M, Córdova D, Gold M, Winikoff B, Blanchard K

Barriers to hospital births: why do many Bolivian women give birth at home?

Revista panamericana de salud publica = Pan American journal of public health

Otis KE, Brett JA