Claire Brindis, DrPH

Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, UCSF
Executive Director, National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center
Associate Director, Public Policy Analysis & Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health



Dr. Claire Brindis, a native of Argentina, obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA, and a Doctoral Degree in Public Health and Behavioral Sciences from U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Brindis' research interests focus on adolescent and child health policy and women's health, as well as the implementation of health care reform and immigration health. Dr. Brindis served as a frequent policy advisor to government policymakers and private foundations. Her writings, publications and personal consultation in the field of adolescent pregnancy prevention were extensively utilized in the planning and implementation of various state and federal initiatives.

Dr. Brindis has served as Chair of the Population, Reproductive Health and Family Planning Section of the American Public Health Association and formerly on the Board of the Guttmacher Institute. She also participated on the Steering Committee of the CDC's National Health Objectives for 2010, as well as for 2020; she served on the IOM Committee that made recommendations to eliminate co-payments for women’s preventive health services under the Accountable Care Act. Dr. Brindis is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's Latino Pregnancy Prevention.

Among her awards, she was honored with the 2000 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health, recognized by a California State Senate Resolution for her achievements, received the 2001 Maternal and Child Health Director’s Award in recognition of her contributions made to improve the health of infants, mothers, children, adolescents, and children with special health care needs in the Nation, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2011.

Areas of Interest:

  • Adolescent and child health policy
  • Adolescent health disparities
  • Adolescent pregnancy and pregnancy prevention
  • Adolescent health and risk-taking behaviors
  • Reproductive health services for men and women
  • Program evaluations of academic, school-based clinics, and other community interventions
  • Latino adolescent reproductive health
  • Global reproductive health, migration and health
  • US Healthcare Reform
  • Research training and infrastructure development in developing countries

For a complete list of publications, please click here: Publications on PubMed.

Updated July 2013


  • Thompson KM, Raine TR, Foster DG, Speidel JJ, Darney PD, Brindis CD, Harper CC. Access to levonorgestrel emergency contraception: science versus federal politics. Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2013:9(2):139-43.
  • Biggs MA, Ralph L, Minnis A, Marchi KS, Lehrer JA, Braveman PA, Brindis C. Factors Associated with Delayed Childbearing: From the Voices of Expectant Latina Adults and Teens in California. Hispanic Journal of the Behavioral Sciences. 2010:32(1):77-103.
  • Adams SH, Newacheck PW, Park MJ, Brindis CD, Irwin CE Jr.. Medical home for adolescents: low attainment rates for those with mental health problems and other vulnerable groups. Acad Pediatr. 2013:13(2):113-21.
  • Brody CD, Freccero J, Brindis CD, Bellows B. Redeeming qualities: exploring factors that affect women's use of reproductive health vouchers in Cambodia. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2013:13:13.
  • Gee RE, Brindis CD, Diaz A, Garcia F, Gregory K, Peck MG, Reece EA. Recommendations of the IOM clinical preventive services for women committee: Implications for obstetricians and gynecologists. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2011:23(6):471-80.
  • Saleeby E, Brindis CD. Women, reproductive health, and health reform. JAMA. 2011:306(11):1256-7.
  • Biggs MA, Arons A, Turner R, Brindis CD. Same-day LARC insertion attitudes and practices. Contraception. 2013:.
  • Thiel de Bocanegra H, Maguire F, Hulett D, Horsley K, Puffer M, Brindis CD. Enhancing service delivery through title x funding: findings from California. Perspectives on Reproductive and Sexual Health. 2012:44(4):262-69 .
  • Gardner A, Geierstanger S, Miller-Nascimento L, Brindis CD. Expanding Organizational Advocacy Capacity: Reflections from the Field. The Foundation Review. 2012:1&2(3):23-42.
  • Keeton V, Soleimanpour S, Brindis CD. School Based Health Centers in an Era of Health Care Reform: Building on History. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. 2012:6(42):132-56.
  • Minnis AM, Marchi K, Ralph L, Biggs A, Schwartz S, Arons A, Brindis CD, Braveman P. Limited socioeconomic opportunities and Latina teen childbearing: a qualitative study of family and structural factors affecting future expectations. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2013:2(15):334-40.
  • Patel AI, Chandran K, Hampton K, Hecht K, Grumbach J, Kimura A, Braff-Guajardo E, Brindis CD. Observations of Drinking Water Access in School Food Service Areas Pre-Implementation of Federal and State School Water Policy. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2012:(9):E121.
  • Foster DG, Rostovseva D, Brindis C, Biggs A, Hulett D, Darney P. Cost Savings From the Provision of Specific Methods of Contraception in a Publicly Funded Program. American Journal of Public Health. 2009:3(99):446-51.
  • Brindis CD, Geierstanger SP, Faxio A. The Role of Policy Advocacy in Assuring Comprehensive Family Life Education in California. Health Education & Behavior. 2009:6(36):1095-108.
  • Foster DG, Biggs A, Amaral G, Brindis C, Navarro C, Bradsberry M, Stewart F. Estimates of Pregnancies Averted Through California's Family Planning Waiver Program in 2002. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2006:3(38):126-31.
  • Brindis CD, Geierstanger S, Wilcox N, McCarter V, Hubbard A. Evaluation of A Peer Provider Reproductive Health Service Model for Adolescents. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2005:2(37):85-91.