Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Hopkins' areas of specialization include women’s reproductive health, evaluating health policies, public health, sociology of health, and adolescent health. Her research focuses on reproductive health issues in Texas, the US-Mexico border, and Latin America. Her current project is the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which began in 2011 to evaluate the impact of reproductive health policies enacted by the Texas Legislature. Her work with TxPEP focuses on studying the availability of contraception among women in the postpartum period, access to health services among women in community colleges, health care organizations' ability to provide family planning services, and access to abortion.
Finds that, following the 2013 Texas House Bill 2, one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, the number of Texas facilities providing abortions declined from 41 in 2012 to 17 in June 2016.
Assesses women’s knowledge of specific abortion restrictions in Texas and reasons for supporting these laws.
Assesses patient demand for immediate postpartum placement of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Assesses women’s experiences obtaining affordable family planning services in the wake of substantial budget cuts to state family planning programs.
Assesses pregnancies that could have been averted through improved access to contraceptive methods in the two years after delivery.
Assesses male partners’ perceived willingness to undergo vasectomy through surveys with 470 Mexican-origin women who did not want more children in El Paso, Texas.
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.
Assesses motivations for oral contraceptive users living in El Paso, Texas for patronizing a U.S. clinic or a Mexican pharmacy with over-the-counter pills, and to determine which women were likely to use the over-the-counter option.