Samantha Garbers

Samantha Garbers

Samantha Garbers

Assistant Professor
Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center


60 Haven Ave.
New York NY United States 10032
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Samantha Garbers, PhD focuses on the translation of health interventions to promote the health of women, young men, sexual minorities, and other priority populations from research into practice. At Columbia and in her 15 years at Public Health Solutions, a public health institute, Dr. Garbers designs and conducts evaluations of internal and external public health programs. Using her training as an epidemiologist, Dr. Garbers emphasizes working with stakeholders to integrate rigorous methods for process and outcome evaluation into interventions. She currently serves as Co-Investigator and Lead Evaluator for a five-year Office of Adolescent Health-funded randomized controlled trial of a computer-assisted motivational interviewing intervention for teen pregnancy prevention among young men. She directed the development and testing of a low-literacy, computer-based contraceptive decision-making tool. Following the completion of a large-scale randomized controlled trial among more than 2,400 family planning patients, she worked to conduct effectiveness research of use of the module in everyday clinical practice. She recently completed work as a scientific advisor to the HHS Office on Women’s Health-funded Adverse Childhood Experiences and Healthy Weight Intervention Development Center, where she worked with stakeholders and content experts to develop protocol recommendations for integrating rigorous evaluation methods in intervention design. At Mailman, Dr. Garbers teaches Quantitative Data Analysis, a required departmental course on Research Design & Data Collection, and the public health school’s core course on Program Planning & Evaluation. Her current work includes mentoring students conducting process and outcome evaluations of the quality of care provided in a network of seven school-based health centers in New York City serving middle and high school students in underserved communities. Dr. Garbers received her PhD in Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and an MPA in Health Policy & Management from New York University. In 2012 she received the William Farr Award in Epidemiology, recognizing her work in addressing social inequalities in public health. In her work, Dr. Garbers places an emphasis on dissemination and working with collaborating partners to analyze and write up findings and best practices.


PhD, 2012, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
MPA, 1999, New York University, Wagner School of Public Service
BA, 1990, Brown University

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Researcher Award, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (2011)
William Farr Prize in Epidemiology (2012)
Finalist, Nonprofit Innovation Awards (2013)

Select Publications

Garbers S, Scheinmann R, Gold MA, Catallozzi M, House L, Koumans EH, Bell DL. Males ability to report their partner contraceptive use at last sex in a nationally representative sample: implications for unintended pregnancy prevention evaluations. American Journal of Men's Health 2017; 11(3): 711-718.
Garbers S, McDonnell C, Fogel SC, Eliason M, Ingraham N, McElroy JA, Radix A, Haynes SG. Aging, weight, and health among adult lesbian and bisexual women: a metasynthesis of the multisite “Healthy Weight Initiative" focus groups. LGBT Health. 2015; 2(2): 176-187.
Garbers S, Meserve A, Kottke M, Hatcher RA, Ventura A, Chiasson MA. Randomized controlled trial of a computer-based module to improve contraceptive method choice. Contraception 2012; 86(4): 383-390.
Garbers S, Haines-Stephan J, Lipton Y, Meserve A, Speiler L, Chiasson MA. Early discontinuation of copper-containing IUDs. Contraception 2013; 87(1): 101-106.
Garbers S, Meserve A, Kottke M, Hatcher RA, Chiasson MA. Tailored health messaging improves contraceptive continuation and adherence: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Contraception 2012; 86(5):536-542.
Garbers S & Chiasson MA. Class III obesity and unwanted pregnancy among women with live births in New York City, 2004-2007. Maternal Child Health Journal 2013; 17(8): 1459-67.
Garbers S & Chiasson MA. Breast cancer screening and health behaviors among African American and Caribbean women in New York City. Journal of Health Care for the Poor & Underserved 2006; 17(1): 37-46.
Jacobson L, Garbers S, Helmy H, Roobol H, Kohn J, Kavanaugh M. IUD provision among primary care providers in New York City. Contraception 2016; 93(3): 257-62.
Garbers S, Meserve A, Kottke M, Hatcher RA, Chiasson MA. Contraceptive history, unintended pregnancy and contraceptive method choice among urban low-income women. Journal of Women's Health 2013; 22(11): 930-37.
Garbers S, Flandrick K, Bermudez D, Meserve A, Chiasson MA. Improving contraceptive choice for family planning patients: a comprehensive process evaluation of fidelity of implementation highlights the gap between effectiveness and efficacy. Health Promotion Practice 2014; 15(6): 894-903.

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