Anu Manchikanti Gómez, PhD

Affiliated Faculty, A Couple-Level Approach to Preventing Unintended Pregnancy and the Reframing the IUD Initiative:

Anu Manchikanti Gómez is a Research Scientist at CREGS and Principal Investigator of A Couple-Level Approach to Preventing Unintended Pregnancy project and the Reframing the IUD Initiative. Anu is a public health researcher with masters- and doctoral-level training in maternal and child health and demography. Over the past ten years, she has conducted research on violence, reproductive health and HIV in the US and abroad. Her work has consistently focused on reducing health disparities among disadvantaged populations, particularly youth, women, men who have sex with men, and racial and ethnic minorities. As a researcher, her overarching goal is to understand individual-, couple- and community-level influences on sexual risk behavior among young women and men and to develop multi-faceted interventions addressing these contextual factors. Anu received her doctorate in Maternal and Child Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010.

Curriculum Vitae


Gómez AM, Beougher SC, Chakravarty D, Neilands TB, Mandic CG, Darbes LA, Hoff CC (2012). “Relationship Dynamics as Predictors of Broken Agreements About Outside Sexual Partners: Implications for HIV Prevention Among Gay Couples.” AIDS & Behavior 16(2), 1584-8.

Speizer IS, Gómez AM, Stewart J, Voss P. (2011) “Community-Level HIV Behaviors and HIV Prevalence Among Women and Men in Zimbabwe.”  AIDS Education and Prevention 23(5), 437-47.

Gómez AM. (2011) “Sexual Violence as a Predictor of Unintended Pregnancy, Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need Among Female Youth in Colombia.”  Journal of Women’s Health 20(9), 1349-56.

Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Moracco KE. (2011) “Linkages between Gender Equity and Intimate Partner Violence among Urban Brazilian Youth.” Journal of Adolescent Health 49(4), 393-99.

Gómez AM.  (2011)  “Testing the Cycle of Violence Hypothesis: Child Abuse and Adolescent Dating Violence as Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood.”  Youth and Society 43(1), 171-92.

Gómez AM, Speizer IS. (2010) “Community-Level Intimate Partner Violence and the Circumstances of First Sex Among Young Women from Five African Countries.Reproductive Health 7(11).

Speizer IS, Beauvais BF, Gómez AM, Finn T, Roussel B.  (2009)  “Using Multiple Sampling Approaches to Measure Sexual Risk-Taking Among Young People in Haiti: Programmatic Implications.” Studies in Family Planning 40(4), 277-88.

Gómez AM, Speizer IS.  (2009)  “Intersections between Childhood Abuse and Adult Intimate Partner Violence among Ecuadorian Women.”  Maternal and Child Health Journal 13(4), 559-66.

Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Beauvais HF.  (2009)  “Sexual Violence and Reproductive Health among Youth in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.”  Journal of Adolescent Health 44(5), 508-10. 

Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Reynolds H, Murray N, Beauvais HF.  (2008)  “Age Differences at Sexual Debut and Subsequent Reproductive Health: Is There a Link?”  Reproductive Health 5(8).

Miller M, Liao Y, Gómez AM, Gaydos C, D’Mellow DM.  (2008)  “Factors Associated with the Prevalence and Incidence of Trichomonas Vaginalis Among African American Women Who Use Drugs in New York City.”  The Journal of Infectious Diseases 197(4), 503-9.

Gómez AM, Grimes DA, Lopez LM, Schulz KF.  (2007)  “Steroid Hormones for Contraception in Women with Sickle Cell Disease.”  The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.