Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Stevenson researches the impacts of and responses to abortion and family planning policy in the United States. In her current research, she uses demographic methods to study the impacts of reproductive health policies, and computational methods to study social responses to these policies. Stevenson translates her results into policy-relevant findings for non-academic audiences. For example, she regularly testifies on the demographic impacts of legislation, and she developed an app to disseminate local impact estimates or her policy evaluation work.
Assesses women's preferences for contraception after delivery and compares use with preferences.
Assesses women’s knowledge of specific abortion restrictions in Texas and reasons for supporting these laws.
Assesses changes in the provision of contraceptives after the exclusion of Planned Parenthood affiliates. Among women who use injectable contraception, estimates the change in continuation of the contraceptive method in the program and in the rate of childbirth covered by Medicaid after the exclusion.
Assesses pregnancies that could have been averted through improved access to contraceptive methods in the two years after delivery.
Evaluates the effect of legislation in Texas that dramatically cut and restricted participation in the state’s family planning program in 2011. Finds that 25% of family planning clinics in Texas closed, organizations served 54% fewer clients, and long-acting reversible contraception was less widely available.