• 2012 – Doctorate in Health Services Research, University of Washington.
  • 2002 – Master in Public Health, Yale.
  • 1994 – BA in Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College.

Academic appointments:

  • Assistant Professor School of Public Health OHSU-PSU.
  • Visiting professor at the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico.
  • Researcher affiliated with CISIDAT.

Research interests:

  • Methodological approach around improving causal inference in non-random designs, including developing suitable comparison groups, triangulation of data sources and analytical methods, and data correlation.
  • Impact evaluation includes evaluating clinical training programs to national policies and their populations of interest such as adolescents, poor women, and clinical apprentices.

Featured projects:

  • It is currently associated with Oregon’s State to study the state’s family planning program in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico.
  • She participated as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Senegal. She has also worked in Burkina Faso, Mexico, Colombia, with maternal health and family planning issues.


  • Group prenatal care: effectiveness and challenges to implementation. Andrade-Romo Z, Heredia-Pi IB, Fuentes-Rivera E, Alcalde-Rabanal J, Cacho LBB, Jurkiewicz L, Darney BG. Rev Saude Publica. 2019 Sep 30;53:85.
  • Sexuality Education During Adolescence and Use of Modern Contraception at First Sexual Intercourse Among Mexican Women. Hersh AR, Saavedra-Avendaño B, Schiavon R, Darney BG. J Adolesc Health. 2019 Nov;65(5):667-673.
  • Utilisation of second-trimester spontaneous and induced abortion services in public hospitals in Mexico, 2007-2015. Alexander LT, Fuentes-Rivera E, Saavedra-Avendaño B, Schiavon R, Maldonado Rueda N, Hernández B, Drake AL, Darney BG. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2019 Aug 14.
  • Definitions, measurement and indicator selection for quality of care in abortion. Darney BG, Kapp N, Andersen K, Baum SE, Blanchard K, Gerdts C, Montagu D, Chakraborty NM, Powell B. Contraception. 2019 Jul 26.
  • Are overweight and obesity associated with increased risk of cesarean delivery in Mexico? A cross-sectional study from the National Survey of Health and Nutrition. Brenes-Monge A, Saavedra-Avendaño B, Alcalde-Rabanal J, Darney BG. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Jul 11;19(1):239.
  • Study protocol: a mixed-methods study of women’s healthcare in the safety net after Affordable Care Act implementation – EVERYWOMAN. Cottrell E, Darney BG, Marino M, Templeton AR, Jacob L, Hoopes M, Rodriguez M, Hatch B. Health Res Policy Syst. 2019 Jun 11;17(1):58.
  • Pharmacists expand access to reproductive heaLthcare: PEARL study protocol. Rodriguez MI, Darney BG, Edelman AB, Yee K, Anderson LB, McConnell KJ. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Apr 1;19(1):207.
  • Differences in Prenatal Care by Presence and Type of Maternal Disability. Horner-Johnson W, Biel FM, Caughey AB, Darney BG. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Mar;56(3):376-382.
  • Retraction notice to “Maintaining rigor in research: flaws in a recent study and a reanalysis of the relationship between state abortion laws and maternal mortality in Mexico” [Contraception 95/1 (2017) 105-111]. Darney BG, Saavedra-Avendano B, Lozano R. Contraception. 2019 Jan;99(1):71.
  • Quantifying disparities in access to public-sector abortion based on legislative differences within the Mexico City Metropolitan Area. Friedman J, Saavedra-Avendaño B, Schiavon R, Alexander L, Sanhueza P, Rios-Polanco R, Garcia-Martinez L, Darney BG. Contraception. 2019 Mar;99(3):160-164.