About Me: Kelsey Q. Wright is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she is affiliated with the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE). Her work at UW-Madison centers around the application of demographic methods to compelling, modern research questions around gender and fertility in transnational contexts. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Kelsey worked at the Population Council for five years on The Evidence Project - a global family planning research project; prior to this she worked with USAID, Jhpiego, UNAIDS and a number of university-based research projects. She holds an MSPH in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
May 2021 (Expected):
Ph.D. in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Center for Demography and Ecology Trainee
Minor in Statistics
Advisors: Jenna Nobles & Monica Grant
Qualifying Exams: Demography & Methods and Statistics
May 2012: Masters of Science in Public Health, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Health Systems Track
Certificates: Health and Human Rights, Public Health Informatics
May 2010: Bachelor's of Arts in Social Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4 year undergraduate program in U.S. System)
Wright, KQ. K. Hardee and J. Townsend. (2016). The pitfalls of using selective data to represent the effectiveness, relevance and utility of the Standard Days Method (SDM) of contraception. Contraception. 94(4):374-75.
Scott, V.K., L.B. Gottschalk, K.Q. Wright, C. Twose, M. Bohren, M.E. Schmitt, and N. Ortayli. (2015). Community Health Workers’ Provision of Family Planning Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of Effectiveness. Studies in Family Planning. 46(3):241-261.
*See "Completed Projects" Section for links to non-peer reviewed publications.
KQ Wright, V Boydell and K Hardee. 2017. Validating a Measure of Rights-Based Family Planning Service Delivery. Presented at the 2017 annual Population Association of America Meeting in the session “Fertility, Family Planning and Sexual Health: Programs and Policies.” Chicago, IL.
KQ Wright, V Boydell and K Hardee. 2017. A study on how social accountability mechanisms influence FP/RH Programs in Uganda. Presented at the 2017 annual Population Association of America Meeting as a poster. Chicago, IL.
KQ Wright, V Boydell and K Hardee. 2016. Informed Choice Among Global Family Planning Users: Trends from 2000-2014. Presented at the 2016 annual Population Association of America Meeting as a poster. Washington D.C.
K Hardee, KQ Wright, and J. Spicehandler. 2016. What is the Evidence that "Evidence" is Used in Family Planning/ Reproductive Health Policy, Program and Practice Decisionmaking?. Presented at the 2015 annual Population Association of America Meeting as a poster. San Diego, CA.
University Fellowship, 2016-2021 - 92,488$
Institute for Regional and International Studies Fellowship, 1016 - 5000$
Mark Chesler Student Research Award for research promoting social justice, 2010 - 250$
Population Association of America, 2014-present
World Health Organization Expert Advisory Group Member - Monitoring human rights in contraceptive services and programmes, 2015-2017
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Population Council Email: email@example.com
The Evidence Project - Population Council