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Helen P. Koo

Senior Research Demographer

Helen P. Koo, DrPH, has more than 30 years' experience in designing and conducting research and evaluation in a variety of subjects, including unintended pregnancy, adolescent pregnancy, contraceptive use, acceptability of topical microbicides, timing of childbearing, infant mortality, marital disruption and remarriage, and family and household structure. She has led and participated in all aspects of research and evaluation, including study design; direction and implementation of quantitative and qualitative data collection; application of leading-edge statistical analysis techniques; writing and presenting reports for scientific and policy audiences; and collaborating with agency, community, and scientific partners. She has directed grants and contracts funded by a variety of sources, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of Population Affairs, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Security Administration, and the Food Consumer Service.


DrPH, Population Planning, University of Michigan; MPH, Population Planning, University of Michigan; MS, Zoology, University of Minnesota; AB, Biological Sciences (with great distinction and honors), Stanford University.

Latest Publications

Testing a Web-Based Family Planning Counseling Aid in Two North Carolina Clinics
Wilson, E., Krieger, K.E., Koo, H., Minnis, A., & Treiman, K. (Nov 2013)
Postpartum Contraceptive Use Among Adolescent Mothers in Seven States — Journal of Adolescent Health
Wilson, E.K., Fowler, C.I., & Koo, H.P. (Mar 2013)
Adolescent Mothers' Postpartum Contraceptive Use: A Qualitative Study — Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Wilson, E.K., Samandari, G., Koo, H.P., & Tucker, C. (Dec 2011)
Attitudes, experience, and anticipation of sex among 5th graders in an urban setting: Does gender matter? — Maternal and Child Health Journal
Anderson, K.M., Koo, H.P., Jenkins, R.R., Walker, L.R., Davis, M., Yao, Q., et al. (Dec 2011)
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  • Reproductive Health
  • Social Demography
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Research and Evaluation Design