Julia Steinberg, PhD

Dr. Julia Steinberg is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. She received her PhD degree in Social Psychology from Arizona State University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Abortion and Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF before becoming a BIRCWH scholar.

Broadly, Dr. Steinberg’s research area lies at the intersection of psychology and reproductive health. In particular, she has attempted to determine whether pregnancy outcomes (abortion, delivery, or miscarriage/stillbirth) have an association with subsequent mental health. One of her current research projects assesses the influence of mental health on post-abortion contraceptive choice.

For her BIRCWH research, Dr. Steinberg is investigating the role of childhood adversities in risk of abortion, post-abortion mental health, and post-abortion contraceptive choice. Her principal BIRCWH mentor is Jeanne Tschann, MD; additional mentors include Nancy Adler, PhD; Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD; Tracy Weitz, PhD; and Diane Greene Foster, PhD.