Samantha Garbers

Samantha Garbers

Samantha Garbers

Associate 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 works with a diverse range of clinical- and community-based stakeholders to develop, adapt, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions to improve public health for diverse populations including sexual and gender minority youth and adults, adolescent males and women seeking reproductive health care, Latinx and Black communities, and individuals with limited health literacy. Using her training as an epidemiologist, Dr. Garbers works with stakeholders to integrate rigorous methods for process and outcome evaluation into interventions, with a focus on reproductive health. She recently served as Lead Evaluator for a federally-funded randomized controlled trial of a motivational interviewing intervention for teen pregnancy prevention among young men. She has led a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project to improve pregnancy intention screening processes in primary care centers serving urban Latinas. 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, she continues to study use of the tool in clinical and community settings. Other current work includes collaborating with students to evaluate innovative approaches to sexual and reproductive health care and integrative health services in school-based health centers serving youth in NYC. At Mailman, Dr. Garbers teaches Quantitative Data Analysis, Research Design & Data Collection, and Program Planning & Evaluation. Dr. Garbers received her PhD in Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, and an MPA in Health Policy & Management from New York University.


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

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Outstanding Researcher Award, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (2011)
William Farr Prize in Epidemiology (2012)
Finalist, Nonprofit Innovation Awards (2013)
Calderone Junior Faculty Research Award (2016)
Core Teaching Award (2018)

Select Publications

Garbers S, Hunersen K, Nechitilo M, Fisch M, Bell DL, Byrne MW, Gold MA. Healthy Weight and Cardiovascular Health Promotion Interventions for Young Adult Men of Color: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Mens Health. 2018 May 1: 10; epub ahead of print. doi:1177/1557988318777923.
Garbers S, Bell DL, Ogaye K, Marcell A, Westhoff CL, Rosenthal S. Advance Provision of Emergency Contraception to Young Men: An Exploratory Study in a Clinic Setting. Contraception 17 April 2018; epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2018.04.005
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 in Lesbian and Bisexual Women 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, Friedman A, Martinez O, Scheinmann R, Bermudez D, Silva M, Silverman J, Chiasson MA. Adapting the ‘Get Yourself Tested’ campaign to reach Black and Latino sexual minority youth. Health Promotion Practice 2016; 17(5): 739-50.
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 & 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.
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, 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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