Mara Decker, DrPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Institute for Health Policy Studies
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address490 Illinois Street, #73J
San Francisco CA 94158
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    University of California, BerkeleyDrPHSchool of Public Health
    Johns Hopkins University MHSSchool of Public Health
    Pomona CollegeBAInternational Relations
    University of California, San Francisco2021Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Mara Decker is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. She oversees a portfolio of applied research projects and evaluations focusing on sexual and reproductive health both domestically and globally.

    She is the Principal Investigator of a randomized control trial that combines in-person health education with digital technology and was designed with youth. In addition, she directs the evaluation of California’s sexual health education programs and a bi-national qualitative study of unaccompanied youth migrants. Her research interests include the intersection between health and other developmental issues including policies, human rights, social ecology, and empowerment. Most of her work involves mixed qualitative and quantitative methods. She is dedicated to identifying and reducing health disparities through the development and assessment of interventions designed with community partners.

    She teaches "Women's Health and Empowerment" in the Master of Science in Global Health program at UCSF and "Evaluation of Health and Social Programs" at UC Berkeley. She is a member of California’s Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group and the UC Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment.
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    1. In the Know: A Cluster Randomized Trial of an In-person Sexual Health Education Program Integrating Digital Technologies for Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2024 Feb 06. Yarger J, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Borgen N, Romero J, Decker MJ. PMID: 38323966.
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    2. Implementation of a Booster Sexual Health Education Curriculum for Older Adolescents in Rural Communities. Health Promot Pract. 2024 Jan 05; 15248399231221156. Berglas NF, Harrison S, Romero J, Borgen N, Decker MJ. PMID: 38180021.
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    3. Contraceptive access experiences and perspectives of Mexican-origin youth: a binational qualitative study. Sex Reprod Health Matters. 2023 Dec; 31(1):2216527. Mitchell A, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Brindis CD, Decker MJ. PMID: 37335382; PMCID: PMC10281292.
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    4. Addressing anti-black racism in an academic preterm birth initiative: perspectives from a mixed methods case study. BMC Public Health. 2023 10 18; 23(1):2039. Rutman SP, Borgen N, Spellen S, King DD, Decker MJ, Rand L, Cobbins A, Brindis CD. PMID: 37853363; PMCID: PMC10585806.
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    5. Pursuing Research Justice Through Community-Academic Partnership to Address Racial Disparities in Preterm Birth. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2023; 17(2):319-327. Rutman SP, Price M, Williams S, Jones L, Williams-Burt H, Decker MJ, Franck LS, Fuchs JD, Brindis CD. PMID: 37462560.
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    6. Using Collective Impact to Advance Birth Equity: A Comparison of Two Cross-Sector Efforts in California. Matern Child Health J. 2022 Nov 08. Decker MJ, Price M, Harrison S, Spellen S, Hutchings N, Martinez E, Rutman SP, Shaver A, Franck LS, Brindis CD, Fuchs J. PMID: 36348213.
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    7. Integrated Theory-Based Health and Development Interventions for Young People: A Global Scoping Review. Health Educ Behav. 2024 Feb; 51(1):82-93. Decker MJ, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Saphir M, Nguyen NT, Zhi Q, Brindis CD. PMID: 36314359; PMCID: PMC10785565.
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    8. Improving Adolescent Perceptions of Barriers and Facilitators to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Through Sexual Health Education. J Adolesc Health. 2023 01; 72(1):138-146. Decker MJ, Zárate CG, Atyam TV, Saphir M. PMID: 36289042.
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    9. Youth perceptions and concerns about sexually transmissible infections versus pregnancy: a qualitative comparative study in California. Sex Health. 2022 10; 19(5):439-447. Decker MJ, Borgen N, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Brindis CD. PMID: 35799331.
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    10. The need for booster sex education: findings of a formative evaluation in rural Fresno County, California. Sex Education. 2022. Berglas NF, Yang C, Gutmann-Gonzalez A Decker MJ. View Publication.
    11. Monitoring unplanned sexual health curricula adaptations: Using results to improve fidelity and support implementation. Eval Program Plann. 2022 10; 94:102126. Decker MJ, Price M, Unti L, Firpo-Triplett R, Atyam T, Spitzer J, Coyle K. PMID: 35820289.
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    12. Educators' Perspectives on Integrating Technology Into Sexual Health Education: Implementation Study. JMIR Hum Factors. 2022 Jan 12; 9(1):e31381. Decker MJ, Harrison S, Price M, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Yarger J, Tenney R. PMID: 35019842; PMCID: PMC8792781.
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    13. Adolescents' perceived barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services in California: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Nov 22; 21(1):1263. Decker MJ, Atyam TV, Zárate CG, Bayer AM, Bautista C, Saphir M. PMID: 34809640; PMCID: PMC8609799.
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    14. Young people's romantic relationships and sexual activity before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Public Health. 2021 10 02; 21(1):1780. Yarger J, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Han S, Borgen N, Decker MJ. PMID: 34598698; PMCID: PMC8486634.
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    15. Bridging the Gap between Sexual Health Education and Clinical Services: Adolescent Perspectives and Recommendations. J Sch Health. 2021 11; 91(11):928-935. Decker MJ, Dandekar S, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Brindis CD. PMID: 34523133.
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    16. Youth-centered maternity care: a binational qualitative comparison of the experiences and perspectives of Latina adolescents and healthcare providers. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 May 02; 21(1):349. Decker MJ, Pineda N, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Brindis CD. PMID: 33934698; PMCID: PMC8091497.
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    17. Perspectives on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Strategies in the United States: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Adolesc Health Med Ther. 2020; 11:135-145. Brindis CD, Decker MJ, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Berglas NF. PMID: 33117030; PMCID: PMC7567553.
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    18. Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Intervention Integrating Technology and In-Person Sexual Health Education for Adolescents (In the Know): Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020 Aug 07; 9(8):e18060. Decker MJ, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Price M, Romero J, Sheoran B, Yarger J. PMID: 32763885; PMCID: PMC7442936.
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    19. Trends in Adolescent Birth Rates in California: Examining the Influence of Community Characteristics Through Geographic and Temporal Analysis. J Adolesc Health. 2020 02; 66(2):217-223. Yarger J, Berglas NF, Campa M, Chabot M, Decker MJ. PMID: 31704107.
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    20. Neighborhoods matter. A systematic review of neighborhood characteristics and adolescent reproductive health outcomes. Health Place. 2018 11; 54:178-190. Decker MJ, Isquick S, Tilley L, Zhi Q, Gutman A, Luong W, Brindis CD. PMID: 30312942.
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    21. Assessing youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 03 27; 18(1):216. Mazur A, Brindis CD, Decker MJ. PMID: 29587727; PMCID: PMC5870922.
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    22. Rural-Urban Differences in Awareness and Use of Family Planning Services Among Adolescent Women in California. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Apr; 60(4):395-401. Yarger J, Decker MJ, Campa MI, Brindis CD. PMID: 27998703.
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    23. Implementation in Practice: Adaptations to Sexuality Education Curricula in California. J Sch Health. 2016 09; 86(9):669-76. Arons A, Decker M, Yarger J, Malvin J, Brindis CD. PMID: 27492936.
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    24. Exploring neighborhood-level factors influencing adolescent birth rates in California. Youth and Society. 2016; 51(1):49-72. Decker M, Gutmann-Gonzalez A, Lara D, Brindis CD. 2019; 51(1) 49-72. View Publication.
    25. Exploring how residential mobility and migration influences teenage pregnancy in five rural communities in California: youth and adult perceptions. Cult Health Sex. 2016 09; 18(9):980-95. Lara D, Decker MJ, Brindis CD. PMID: 27439657.
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    26. A Call to Action: Developing and Strengthening New Strategies to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health. Societies. 2015; 4(5):686-712. Decker M, Berglas NF, and Brindis CD.
    27. Factors associated with contraceptive use in Angola. Afr J Reprod Health. 2011 Dec; 15(4):68-77. Decker M, Constantine NA. PMID: 22571108.
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    28. Women front and center: the opportunities of involving women in participatory health research worldwide. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Nov; 19(11):2109-14. Decker M, Hemmerling A, Lankoande F. PMID: 20858061.
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    29. Reaching youth through franchise clinics: assessment of Kenyan private sector involvement in youth services. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Mar; 40(3):280-2. Decker M, Montagu D. PMID: 17321432.
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