About me

image I am an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. I am also a faculty associate the Population Research Center. Prior to joining UT, I completed my postdoctoral work at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.

My research interests are focused on reproductive health and span several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical science, demography, public health, and public policy. My work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others. My research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Society of Family Planning.

I grew up in Northern Ireland and completed my bachelor's and medical degrees at Trinity College, Cambridge After moving to the U.S. in 2009 to attend the Harvard School of Public Health as a Frank Knox Fellow, I married a Texan, adopted some guinea pigs, and decided to stay awhile longer. When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me running on the trail, trying to increase my pull-up count, or taking my cat Markov for a random walk.

My complete CV is available here.

Contact information


Abigail R.A. Aiken (MD, MPH, PhD)
Assistant Professor
LBJ School of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
araa2 _ at _ utexas.edu