Post-doctoral Fellows

Alicia Swartz, RN, PNP, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

Dr. Alicia Swartz is a pre-tenure assistant professor of nursing, a clinical researcher in family planning, and a practicing Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Her research, which is informed by the frameworks of social determinants of health and reproductive justice, is designed to be directly translated into clinical practice. She is an emerging scholar in adolescent family planning who is advancing the field of family planning research through translational research in pediatric nursing. Her current work is aimed at strengthening the nursing provision of evidence-based adolescent family planning care that is guided by a reproductive justice framework to (1) improve patient education and clinical management, (2) to improve health outcomes, and (3) to inform health policy.

Amy Alspaugh, RN, CNM, MSN

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2020-present

Amy is a Certified Nurse-Midwife in North Carolina. After receiving a MSN from Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing, she worked in a local health department family planning clinic. While pursuing a PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina, her research focused on qualitatively exploring the reproductive health experiences of women in midlife. She is excited to be an ACTIONS Postdoctoral Fellow, where she hopes to continue her research on women in midlife using the Reproductive Justice framework. 

Renée Mehra, MS, PhD  

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2020-present

Renée Mehra was awarded a doctoral degree in public health from Yale University. Her research explores how social and psychosocial factors influence inequities in maternal and infant health. Using ecosocial and intersectionality frameworks, her research examines mechanistic pathways and health and social policies that may reduce these health inequities. In particular, she examines how structural and interpersonal stigma influence racial and ethnic disparities in adverse birth outcomes. Additionally, she uses mixed methods research to examine and advocate for healthcare models and health policies to improve access and adequacy of prenatal care, such as sustainability of community health worker programs for reproductive-age women, and expansion of Medicaid coverage for doulas.

Toni M. Bond, MA, PhD   

Post-doctoral Fellow, 2020-present 

Toni M. Bond received her doctoral degree of philosophy in religion, ethics, and society from Claremont School of Theology. A womanist ethicist and expert in the field of reproductive justice, Dr. Bond is one of the twelve Black women who coined the term “reproductive justice” in 1994. Her research is informed by reproductive justice and is situated at the intersections of religion and reproductive and sexual justice. She is advancing the field of reproductive justice through her qualitative research on the impact of oppressive theological doctrines in the reproductive and sexual lives of Black women. Dr. Bond is also researching the unique forms of harassment and violence experienced by abortion care providers of color. Her current work is aimed at (1) identifying the number of abortion care providers of color in the US, (2) collecting their oral narratives about the harassment they have experienced by anti-choice proponents who use race and religion as tactics, and (3) developing resources to support abortion care providers of color who experience racial and religiously-based harassment.