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Lawrence Finer, Associate Director for Domestic Research

Larry Finer joined The Alan Guttmacher Institute in 1998 as a Senior Research Associate. He was named Associate Director for Domestic Research in 2003. He is responsible for assisting the Vice President for Research in supervising AGI’s domestic research portfolio of projects on family planning services, contraceptive use patterns, abortion, and adolescent reproductive health. In addition, his project responsibilities include AGI’s periodic census of abortion providers, which measures the incidence and availability of abortion nationwide, and he is currently updating estimates of unintended pregnancy in the U.S. Dr. Finer has also authored work on multiple sexual partnerships and risk for sexually transmitted diseases, the services provided by U.S. family planning agencies and clinics, men’s reproductive health, and the timing of first family planning visits. In 2004, he received the Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Finer came to AGI after serving as a Social Science Analyst in the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He received his A.B. in psychology from Harvard and his Ph.D. in population dynamics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Recent Publications Include:

Finer LB, Frohwirth LF, Dauphinee LA, Singh S and Moore AM, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2005, 37(3):110-118.

Jones RK, Purcell A, Singh S and Finer LB, Adolescents’ reports of parental knowledge of adolescents’ use of sexual health services and their reactions to mandated parental notification for prescription contraception, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2005, 293(3):340–348.

Finer LB, Darroch JE and Frost JJ, Services for men at publicly funded family planning agencies, 1998–1999, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2003, 35(5):202–207.

Finer LB and Henshaw SK, Abortion incidence and services in the United States in 2000, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2003, 35(1):6–15.

Henshaw SK and Finer LB, The accessibility of abortion services in the United States, 2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2003, 35(1):16–24.

Finer LB, Darroch JE and Frost JJ, U.S. agencies providing publicly funded family planning services in 1999, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(1):15–24.

Finer LB, Darroch JE and Singh S, Sexual partnership patterns as a behavioral risk factor for sexually transmitted diseases, Family Planning Perspectives, 1999, 31(5):228–236.

Finer LB and Zabin LS, Does the first family planning visit still matter?,Family Planning Perspectives, 1998, 30(1):30–33 and 42.