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Assistant Scientist

Celia Karp, PhD ’20, investigates reproductive empowerment, access to quality health care, and availability and use of maternal and reproductive health services.

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Research Interests

Sexual and reproductive health; Contraception; Family planning; Women’s health; Adolescent health; Empowerment; Quality of care; Health services; Epidemiology; Survey research; Mixed-methods
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Dr. Celia Karp's work encompasses two overarching areas: psychosocial determinants of reproductive health, specifically, perspectives about pregnancy, decision-making related to childbearing and contraception, and experiences managing fertility, and systems shaping women's health and well-being, including access to and quality of care and contraceptive services. As a Senior Technical Advisor with Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) and PMA-Ethiopia, Dr. Karp leads research investigating reproductive empowerment, quality of care, and availability and use of maternal and reproductive health services. She collaborates with PMA country partners to enhance data use and dissemination, producing actionable data for the improvement of health systems and services. Dr. Karp's research interests also focus on measures of empowerment and how they relate to contraceptive use, preferences, and choices. Through her research, Dr. Karp seeks to enhance understanding and measurement of factors contributing to sexual and reproductive health outcomes and inequities. Dr. Karp received her PhD from the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and maternal and reproductive health.
Honors & Awards
2018, 2019 – Endowed Fellowship in Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University 2017 – Caroline Cochran Award, Johns Hopkins University 2016 – Kahn Trowbridge Fellowship Award, Johns Hopkins University 2014 – Fulbright Program, US Student Research Fellowship to Ecuador 2010-2014 – Levine Scholarship Program Recipient, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Select Publications
Select recent publications:
  • Karp C, Moreau C, Sheehy G, Anjur-Dietrich S, Mbushi F, Muluve E, Mwanga D, Nzioki M, Pinchoff J, Austrian K. Youth Relationships in the era of COVID-19: A mixed-methods study among adolescent girls and young women in Kenya. J Adolesc Health. 2021 Aug.
  • Wood SN, Karp C, OlaOlorun F, Pierre AZ, Guiella G, Gichangi P, Zimmerman LA, Anglewicz P, Larson E, Moreau C. Trends in the need for and use of contraception before and during COVID-19 in four sub-Saharan African geographies: results from population-based national or regional cohort surveys. The Lancet Global Health. Jun 2021; 9(6): e793-e801.
  • Karp C, Wood SN, Guiella G, Gichangi P, Bell SO, Anglewicz P, Larson E, Zimmerman L, Moreau C. Contraceptive dynamics during COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa: longitudinal evidence from Burkina Faso and Kenya. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2021 Feb 12:bmjsrh-2020-200944. doi: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2020-200944.
  • Karp C, Wood SN, Galadanci H, et al. 'I am the master key that opens and locks': Presentation and application of a conceptual framework for women's and girls' empowerment in reproductive health. Soc Sci Med. 2020;258:113086. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113086
  • Moreau C, Karp C, Wood SN, et al. Reconceptualizing Women's and Girls' Empowerment: A Cross-Cultural Index for Measuring Progress Toward Improved Sexual and Reproductive Health. Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2020;46:187-198. Published 2020 Oct 5. doi:10.1363/46e9920
Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA)
PMA Ethiopia
The Global Early Adolescent Study