Jennifer S. Barber

Research Professor, SRC-Family Demography
Research Professor, PSC
Assoc Dir Acad Program, Sociology
Professor, Sociology
Jennifer S. Barber


Dr. Barber's research revolves around family sociology, demography and social psychology, with a focus on teen pregnancy. She recently completed an NICHD-funded intensive longitudinal project, the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study, that collected weekly data on 1,000 18- and 19-year-old women for 2.5 years, along with semi-structured interview data, observational data and administrative data. The RDSL study identified the types of attitudes, relationship characteristics and contraceptive practices that affect early and/or unintended pregnancy. Dr. Barber also recently completed a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship, a mid-career opportunity to immerse herself in a practice setting - in this case a teen pregnancy prevention center in Detroit and a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeastern Michigan.