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Summer Starling, MPH, Research Scientist and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Research Fellow

Summer Starling is a Research Scientist and Ford Foundation Predoctoral fellow at PHI's Center for Research on Adolescent Health and Development. Her current work focuses on adolescent sexual health and rights, and the use of research to inform policy. She is currently working on adolescent sexual health research and policy studies funded by the Ford Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and a qualitative analysis of new media and website content offering sexual health information to teens.

Starling has worked as an independent consultant to numerous national organizations focused on sexuality research, reproductive health, and sexual well-being in both communications and research roles. Most recently she was a Communications Consultant to the Sexuality, Reproductive Health and Rights team at the Ford Foundation in New York City, where she helped build the communications capacity for sexuality research grant awardees nationwide. Her prior consulting work also focused on contraception access under the Affordable Care Act, regional disparities in sexual health and contraception access, federal contraception policy, and using new and social media for expanded sexual health program reach.

Starling holds a master in public health from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the University of California, Berkeley.