Pre-Doctoral Fellows

Bethany Golden, RN, CNM, MSN

Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2020-present

Bethany Golden is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Nurse Midwife with deep clinical experience and knowledge of comprehensive reproductive and maternal health, family planning and abortion.  As a clinician, consultant, lecturer and as part of research teams, she has worked in clinics, hospitals, universities and villages in New York City,  SF Bay Area, Chicago, Fiji and Nicaragua. She consults in non-profit reproductive healthcare and tech companies around operations, strategy and partnership formation. For the last three months, on behalf ANSIRH/Bixby Center, she interviewed front-line abortion providers about their capacity and readiness for clinical expansion in "protected" access states, as neighboring states further restrict abortion services and in anticipation the protections under Roe v Wade may be weakened.  In 2002, she co-founded and continues to operate ICAS/Juntos Adelante, a not-for-profit that focuses on health and human rights in Nicaragua.  She was awarded the Martin Luther King award and 90 nurses in 90 years by the Yale School of Nursing. Most importantly,  she officiated 7 weddings, loves the great outdoors with family and friends and enjoys dancing.


Brenda Lopez, RN, PNP-PC, MSN 

Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2020-present

Brenda Lopez (she/her/hers) is native to the San Francisco Bay Area and is a proud and passionate first generation Latinx woman. Brenda is the first in her family to have the opportunity to pursue higher education, graduating in 2018 from University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing Master of Science program with a focus in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (PNP-PC). While pursuing her Master’s at UCSF, Brenda worked as a graduate research student on the Saving Our Ladies And Reducing Stress (SOLARS) Oakland a UCSF study with the California Preterm Birth Initiative. This study ignited her passion for research and solidified her desire to return to UCSF as a nursing scientist to design evidence-based solutions. Advanced research skills will strengthen her commitment to continuously create access to care and advocate for reproductive health and justice for all. With Brenda’s clinical background in pediatric primary care and adolescent school-based health, she currently practices as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at a Federally Qualified Health Center in San Leandro, serving diverse and vulnerable communities in her hometown. Brenda is thrilled to come back to UCSF in Fall 2020 for the SON’s PhD in Nursing program and ACTIONS fellowship. With her studies, Brenda continues to advocate for patients by contributing to research that will help optimize policy and maximize health outcomes in a way that enacts transformational change that encompasses and focuses on reproductive justice. During her free time, Brenda loves playing with her energetic 6-year-old son, spending time with family and friends, enjoying a not-rushed cup of coffee, traveling, and Orange Theory Fitness classes.