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Mara Decker, DPH

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentInstitute for Health Policy Studies
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
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    University of California, BerkeleyDrPHSchool of Public Health
    Johns Hopkins University MHSSchool of Public Health
    Pomona CollegeBAInternational Relations

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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 pregnant and parenting adolescents. Her research interests include the intersection between health and other developmental issues including polices, human rights, social ecology, and empowerment. Most of her work involves mixed qualitative and quantitative methods and is dedicated to identifying and reducing health disparities.

    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 also is on the Data and Evaluation Committee of California’s Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group, is a member of the UC Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment, and is an advisor to the UNFPA’s adolescent health efforts.


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    1. Mazur A, Brindis CD, Decker MJ. Assessing youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 03 27; 18(1):216. PMID: 29587727.
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    2. Yarger J, Decker MJ, Campa MI, Brindis CD. 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. PMID: 27998703.
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    3. Arons A, Decker M, Yarger J, Malvin J, Brindis CD. Implementation in Practice: Adaptations to Sexuality Education Curricula in California. J Sch Health. 2016 09; 86(9):669-76. PMID: 27492936.
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    4. Diana Lara, Martha J. Decker & Claire D. Brindis .Exploring how residential mobility and migration influences teenage pregnancy in five rural communities in California: youth and adult perceptions. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 2016.
    5. Decker M, Berglas NF, and Brindis CD.A Call to Action: Developing and Strengthening New Strategies to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health. Societies. 2015; 4(5):686-712.
    6. Decker M, Constantine NA. Factors associated with contraceptive use in Angola. Afr J Reprod Health. 2011 Dec; 15(4):68-77. PMID: 22571108.
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    7. Decker M, Hemmerling A, Lankoande F. Women front and center: the opportunities of involving women in participatory health research worldwide. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Nov; 19(11):2109-14. PMID: 20858061.
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    8. Decker M, Montagu D. Reaching youth through franchise clinics: assessment of Kenyan private sector involvement in youth services. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Mar; 40(3):280-2. PMID: 17321432.
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