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Ushma Upadhyay

Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH, is a public health social scientist trained in epidemiology and demography. She is a professor on the University of California–San Francisco faculty at the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program, and codirector of the University of California Center for Gender and Health Justice. Her expertise is in abortion safety, abortion access in the United States, medication abortion, and state-level abortion restrictions. She is the principal investigator of the California Home Abortion by Telehealth study, which evaluates the safety, effectiveness, and acceptability of telehealth for abortion in 22 states. As part of this work, she aims to understand how telehealth for abortion care impacts health equity. She earned a BA in public communication and international studies from American University, her MPH from Columbia University, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.