J. Joseph Speidel, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Director for Communication, Development and External Relations, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health

Email: speidelj@obgyn.ucsf.edu


J. Joseph Speidel, MD, MPH, joined UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health as a professor in 2003.  Dr. Speidel is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College in chemistry and physics and a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.  Between 1995 and 2003, he directed the population grants program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation—a program that in 2002 provided $35 million for more than 200 active grants for population training, services, research, and advocacy.  Between 1983 and 1995, Dr. Speidel served as vice president and president of Population Action International.  Previously, Dr. Speidel served as chief of the Research Division and acting director of the Office of Population at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he directed USAID's $125 million annual program of population and family planning assistance.  He is a recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming Award for outstanding young men in government, the Carl S. Schulz Award of the American Public Health Association for significant contributions to international population work, the Family Planning Visionary Award of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and the Allan Rosenfield Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning of the Society of Family Planning.  Dr. Speidel recently served as founding co-chair and member of the board of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights.  He currently serves as chair of the board of directors of Population Connection, treasurer of the board of Provide and secretary of the board of Venture Strategies Innovations.  He is the author of more that 100 articles and chapters and editor or author of 14 books and monographs on issues relating to family planning, contraception, and population.

Areas of Interest:

  • Family planning
  • Contraception
  • Adolescent reproductive health
  • Population
  • Communications and Advocacy

Ongoing Research Projects:

Currently he serves as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects that are promoting use of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) in the U.S. through research and training, promoting increased investment in contraceptive research and development and studying population policy as it relates to food security and population-environment relationships.

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

Updated December 2013


  • Harper CC, Speidel JJ, Drey EA, Trussell J, Blum M, Darney PD. Copper intrauterine device for emergency contraception: clinical practice among contraceptive providers. Obstet Gynecol. 2012:119(2 Pt 1):220-6.
  • Harper CC, Henderson JT, Raine TR, Goodman S, Darney PD, Thompson KM, Dehlendorf C, Speidel JJ. Evidence-based IUD practice: family physicians and obstetrician-gynecologists. Fam Med. 2012:44(9):637-45.
  • Harper CC, Stratton L, Raine TR, Thompson K, Henderson JT, Blum M, Postlethwaite D, Speidel JJ. Counseling and provision of long-acting reversible contraception in the US: National survey of nurse practitioners. Prev Med. 2013:57(6):883-8.
  • Thompson KMJ, Stern L, Gelt M, Speidel JJ, Harper CC. Counseling for IUDs and Implants: Are Health Educators And Clinicians on the Same Page? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2013:.
  • Speidel JJ, Rocca CH, Thompson KM, Harper CC. Pregnancy: not a disease but still a health risk. Contraception. 2013:88(4):481-4.
  • 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.
  • Morse J, Freedman L, Speidel JJ, Thompson KM, Stratton L, Harper CC. Postabortion contraception: qualitative interviews on counseling and provision of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2012:44(2):100-6.