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Petra Jerman, PhD, MPH, Research Scientist

Petra Jerman is a research scientist at the Public Health Institute's (PHI) Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development. Her work has focused on sexuality education, rates and costs of teen births, sexually transmitted diseases among youth, parent-adolescent communication, sexual and reproductive health needs of foster youth, and evidence use in the sexuality education debates.

Her current projects include adolescent sexual health policy studies funded by The California Wellness Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and a randomized trial of the Planned Parenthood-Los Angeles Sexuality Education Initiative.

Before joining PHI, Jerman worked as a research fellow at the Central California Children's Institute in Fresno, where she co-authored reports on teen pregnancy, childhood and adolescent obesity and asthma, several indicator reports on child and adolescent health and well-being, and a policy brief on food insecurity and hunger in children of immigrants.

Jerman holds a doctorate in forensic psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno and a master of interdisciplinary public health from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.