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Kavanaugh Honored with Early Career Excellence Award


Megan Kavanaugh (BCHS '05, '08) was recognized with the Early Career Excellence Award on May 29, 2015, at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner.

The Early Career Excellence Award is presented to an alumnus/na who has made significant achievements early in his or her career.

Kavanaugh is a senior research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute in New York, New York, and Washington, D.C. She joined the Guttmacher Institute in 2008 as a Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Abortion and Reproductive Health. She became a senior research scientist in January 2010. Kavanaugh is a mixed-methods researcher and her research portfolio has focused on unintended pregnancy, contraceptive use, and abortion-related issues. Her most recent research includes studies of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), publicly funded family planning service delivery, post-abortion contraceptive counseling and provision, emergency contraception, pregnancy intentions and community-level stigma toward abortion, and motherhood among HIV-positive women. In 2006, Kavanaugh was awarded the Gary Stewart Scholarship for Research in Public Health from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. She was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society in 2005. Kavanaugh is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, the Population Association of America, and the Society of Family Planning. She has authored or coauthored more than 20 peer-reviewed and other scientific publications. Kavanaugh received her MPH and DrPH while concurrently earning a master’s certificate in women’s studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


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