Debra Kalmuss

Debra Kalmuss

Debra Kalmuss

Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center


60 Haven Ave., B-2
New York NY 10032


Dr. Debra Kalmuss has conducted federally funded (NIH, CDC, OPA) research for over two decades on sexual and reproductive health primarily among low income minority women, that has resulted in publications in peer-reviewed journals. This research has focused on sexual coercion and intimate partner violence, contraceptive decision-making, pregnancy resolution decision-making and the consequences of early childbearing. Currently, she is focused on conducting service-based research in sexual, reproductive, adolescent, and child health programs, whose primary goal is to enhance the quality of service delivery. Her work is rooted in questions that clinicians and program staff have about their programs and its endpoint is collaborative process of translating research findings into program modification and new program development.



PhD, 1980, University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

Research Design and Methods, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Contraception, Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Sex Education and Safe Sex

Select Urban Health Activities

Childrens Health Fund: Evaluation of Special Clinical Initiatives : Dr. Kalmuss has designed and conducted a process and outcome evaluation of 4 clinical initiatives at the Childrens Health Fund Bronx Clinic for Children and Families. The initiatives focus on a group-based model of prenatal care, HIV services, childhood obesity, and childhood asthma.
Planned Parenthood of NYC: Dr. Kalmuss consults research projects conducted by PPNYC. She also serves on several advisory panels that inform PPNYC's research and program agenda.
Young Mens Clinic : Evaluation of Community Outreach Services: Dr. Kalmuss designed and conducted an evaluation of community-based sexual and reproductive health outreach services offered by YMC staff in community-based organizations, schools, and street venues in northern Manhattan.

Select Global Activities

International Family AIDS Program, La Romana, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic: Dr. Kalmuss conducted service-based research in the International Family AIDS program in the La Romana municipality of the Dominican Republic. The research is designed to identify barriers to voluntary testing and counseling as well as to adherence with ARV treatment.

Select Publications

Kalmuss D Nonvolitional sex and sexual health Archives of Sexual Behavior 33 197-209 2004
Kalmuss D, Davidson A, Cohall Al, Laraque D, Cassessl C Adolescent pregnancy and disease prevention: linkages between research and programs Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 35 87-93 2003
Kalmuss D, Davidson A, Cushman L, Heartwell S, Rulin M Potential barriers to the removal of Levinorgestrel implants (Norplant) among family planning clinic patients American Journal of Public Health 88 146-149 1998
Davidson A, Kalmuss D, Cushman L, Romero D, Heartwell S, Rulin M Rates of injectable contraceptive discontinuation and subsequent unintended pregnancy among low income women American Journal of Public Health 87 1532-1534 1997
Davidson A, Kalmuss D Norplant coercion: an overstated threat American Journal of Public Health 87 256-260 1996
Namerow P, Kalmuss D, Cushman L Consequences of adoption versus parenting among young unmarried women Marriage and Family Review 23 1996
Kalmuss, D., Namerow, P., Subsequent childbearing among teenage mothers: The determinants of a closely spaced second birth Family Planning Perspectives 26 149-153 1994
Naermow P, Kalmuss D, Cushman L The determinants of young women's pregnancy-resolution choices Journal of Research and Adolescence 3 193-215 1993
Kalmuss D Adoption and black teenagers: the viability of a pregnancy resolution strategy Journal of Marriage and the Family 54 80-90 1992

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